Wednesday, 9 January 2013


It's a most popular delicious bengali fish recipe.A most useful combination of spices which gives it an exclusive flavor. This recipe made by my mom.



Hilsa fish - 1 kg cut cross- sectionally

Onion Seeds - 1 tsp

Cumin Seeds - 4 tsp

Turmeric powder - 1 tsp

Salt - As per taste

Green Chilies - 6-8 slit

Mustard Oil - 1 tbsp

Banana Leaf - 1 or 2 depending on size (optional)

  • Clean, wash and dry the fish. 
  • Apply 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp  turmeric powder and keep aside for 10 minutes. 
  • Wash the whole masala .Grind all to a fine paste along with 1/2 tsp salt and 2 green chillies.
  • Apply this paste to the fish ,making sure all the pieces are well coated, and let it marinate for 30 minutes. 
  • Put the fish in a tightly lidded container. 
  • Pour 2 tsp mustard oil and 2-3 green chillies. 
  • Steam in a steamer/ large pan of boiling water for 20 - 25minutes. 
  • Check if the fish cooked. 
  • If required , steam for few minutes more. 
  • After cooking transfer the fish to a serving plate using a flat spoon, taking care not to break them.  
  • Garnish with the remaining mustard oil and green chillies and serve hot with plain rice.

     If you want you cook this recipe with banana leaf. Take 1 marinated fish and fold it with banana leaf.Then steam it as the same way. If you cook this recipe in this way you will get a different flavor.  

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