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Shorshe Ilish

Kasturi Chanda
10 minutes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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ABOUT Shorshe Ilish RECIPE

Soft creamy pieces of Hilsa fish cooked in a gravy made by blending mustard seeds paste, poppy seed paste, oil, green chilies and kaffir lime juice.

Recipe Tags

  • Non-veg
  • Easy
  • Everyday
  • West Bengal
  • Simmering
  • Side Dishes
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. Hilsha fish - 4 pieces
  2. Mustard seeds paste - 2 spoon
  3. Poppy seeds paste - 1 spoon
  4. Kaffir Lime juice - 1 spoon
  5. Kaffir Lime leaves - 2-3 pieces
  6. Green chilli paste - 1 spoon
  7. Turmeric powder - 1/2 spoon
  8. Mustard oil - 2-3 spoon
  9. Water - 1/4 cup
  10. Nigella seeds - 1/4 spoon
  11. Salt as per taste


  1. Wash and pat dry the fish pieces. Marinade the fish with all the ingredients except the kaffir Lime leaves, half the oil and nigella seeds. Keep aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat the remaining oil in a kadhai or pan. Add the nigella seeds in oil. When they start spluttering, add the fish pieces.
  3. Reduce the flame and cook for 2-3 minutes. Gently fold the fish pieces upside down and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  4. Now add the water and cook for 7-8 minutes until the gravy is thick.
  5. Now put the Lime leaves over the fish pieces in such a way that they don't immerse in gravy. Otherwise the gravy will form a bitter taste. Cover the pan for 1-2 minutes. Now garnish with the Lime leaves and serve with hot steamed rice or pulao.

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Sukhmani Bedi
Sukhmani Bedi   Jun-01-2017

Truly mouth watering

Hardik Chouhan
Hardik Chouhan   May-17-2017

Mouth watering and delicious.

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