Aug 19, 2011

Steamed Hilsa (Bhapa Ilish)

Bhapa Ilish is a popular Bengali dish in Kolkata. It is a tasty fish preparation which is made from Hilsa fish (called Ilish in Bengali). Bhapa means steam, so this is actually steamed fish.


Hilsa (Ilish): 6 pieces
Mustard seed (sarse): 3 tablespoons
Poppy seed (posto): 3 tablespoons
Grated coconut : 1/2 cup
Green chilli (kacha lanka): 6/7
Mustard oil (sarser tel): 2 tablespoon
Turmeric powder (Haluder guro): 2 tsp.
Sugar : 1 tsp.
Salt to taste


  • Mix mustard seeds, poppy seeds, grated coconut, green chilies, salt and make into a paste.
  • Mix this paste with mustard oil, and turmeric powder.
  • Take fish slices and cover them with the above paste. Put them in a greased tiffin box, cover and cook over steam.
  • Then place in a pressure cooker, which is filled with water until half of the bowl or little lower. Cook for 2-3 whistles or about 10 minutes in medium flame.  Steam this until paste gives off a sharp aroma.
  • Serve hot  with rice .

Sending this recipe to Saffronstreak's "Monsoon Medley" Event

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