Ilish Maacher Jhaal (Traditional Bengali Fish Curry)

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Ilish Maacher Jhaal (Traditional Bengali Fish Curry)


Cooking Time

Preparation Time :10 Min

Cook Time : 10 Min

Total Time : 20 Min


Serves : 3
  • 3 piece hilsa fish, cleaned

  • 2 tbsp mustard oil to fry the fish

  • 1/2 tsp kalonji (nigella seeds)

  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste

  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder

  • 1 tsp red chili powder

  • 2-3 nos green chilies, slit

  • 1 tsp raw mustard oil

  • 1 tsp coriander leaves, chopped


  • Marinate the fish pieces with a pinch of salt and turmeric powder for 10 minutes. Make a paste with the turmeric powder, red chili powder and 1/2 cup water. Keep aside.
  • Heat 2 tbsp. oil and fry the fish pieces slightly on both sides. Drain and keep aside. Temper the same oil with kalonji. Saute for a few seconds. Add the paste and salt. Bring it to a boil.
  • Add the fried fish pieces and green chilies. Simmer on a medium flame for 2 minutes. Add the raw mustard oil and switch off the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with plain steamed rice.