Ilish Bhate | How to make Ilish Bhate

By Bethica Das  |  10th Nov 2018  |  
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Ilish Bhateby Bethica Das
  • Prep Time

    60

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  • Cook Time

    15

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  • Serves

    3

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About Ilish Bhate Recipe

This is an authentic Bengali fish pulao where marinated Hilsa fish is steamed along with rice in a dum style. It can be termed as a one-pot meal. This unique method of cooking is absolutely delicious and can be included in the menu of any in-house party. So a great lunch treat.

Ilish Bhate

Ingredients to make Ilish Bhate

  • 3 Hilsa fish pieces, cleaned
  • salt to taste
  • 8-10 cashew nuts / 1 tbsp. poppy seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 4 green chilies, slit
  • 1 tbsp. fresh grated coconut
  • 1 tbsp. mustard oil
  • 4 tbsp. coriander leaves
  • 3/4 cup Basmati rice
  • banana leaf as required (opt)
  • 1 tsp. coriander leaves + green chilies to garnish

How to make Ilish Bhate

  1. Cook the rice till it is 70% done. Drain and keep aside. Soak the cashew nuts and mustard seeds for 30 minutes. Then grind along with 2 green chilies and coconut into a smooth paste.
  2. Marinate the fish with the paste, salt, turmeric powder, 2 tbsp. coriander leaves and mustard oil for 30 minutes.
  3. In a steel bowl, place a banana leaf and grease it with some mustard oil. Spread half of the cooked rice over it. Arrange the marinated fish over the rice and spread remaining of the rice.
  4. Sprinkle the leftover marinade (if any) over the rice along with the remaining green chilies and coriander leaves. Cover with another banana leaf.
  5. In a pressure cooker add some water at the bottom and place a stand. Place the container over the stand and cover with a lid.
  6. Steam for 12-15 minutes and switch off the flame. Let it remain covered for 5 minutes. Serve, garnished with coriander leaves and green chilies.

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