How to make Ilish Machcher Sorse Jhol -

A famous fish preparation in mustard gravy.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Sanjeev Kapoor Kitchen.

Main Ingredients : Hilsa Fish, Mustard

Cuisine : Bengali

Course : Main Course Seafood

For more recipes related to Ilish Machcher Sorse Jhol checkout Sorshe Bata Ilish, Sorse Ilish - SK Khazana. You can also find more Main Course Seafood recipes like Dhabi Fish Prawn Sukke Pomfret Ambotik Spaghetti with Chilli Prawns

Ilish Machcher Sorse Jhol

Ilish Machcher Sorse Jhol Recipe Card


The Bengalis are great food lovers and take pride in their cuisine.  In fact so obsessed are they about food, that the man of the house goes to the market daily to buy a fresh supply vegetables and fish which is a must in their daily menu.  The medium of cooking is mustard oil which adds its own pungency.  Another very important item of Bengali cuisine is the variety of sweets or mishti as they call them.  Most of them are milk based and are prepared from chhena.
A meal, for the Bengali, is a ritual in itself.  Bengalis spend not only the great deal of time thinking about the food but also on its preparation and eating. 

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Ilish Machcher Sorse Jhol Recipe

  • Hilsa Fish 8 half-inch thick slices

  • Mustard 2 tablespoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Green chillies 4

  • Mustard oil 4 tablespoons

  • Red chilli powder 3/4 teaspoon


Step 1

Grind mustard seeds, salt, turmeric powder, 2 green chillies with a little water. Transfer the paste into a bowl, add fish slices and mix well.

Step 2

Add 2 tbsps mustard oil and mix. Heat the remaining oil in a non stick pan till it smokes and take it off heat.

Step 3

Heat it again, add the fish pieces and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Turn over and sauté the other side too.

Step 4

Slit the remaining 2 green chillies and add with 1 cup water and mix. Add red chilli powder and mix.

Step 5

Add 1 cup water to the mustard paste remaining in the bowl and add to the pan. Cover and cook till fish is just done.Serve hot with boiled rice.

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