How to make Ilish Macher Sorse Jhol -

A famous Bengali preparation of hilsa fish in mustard gravy.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Hilsa, Mustard paste (मस्टर्ड पेस्ट)

Cuisine : Bengali

Course : Main Course Seafood

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Ilish Macher Sorse Jhol

Ilish Macher 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 : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Ilish Macher Sorse Jhol Recipe

  • Hilsa 1/2 inch slices 8

  • Mustard paste 4 teaspoons

  • Turmeric paste 1 teaspoon

  • Red chilli paste 3/4 teaspoon

  • Mustard paste 2 tablespoons

  • Green chillies slit 3-4

  • Salt to taste


Step 1

Heat oil in a pan and fry the fish pieces till lightly browned. Drain and keep aside.

Step 2

Mix together turmeric paste, red chilli paste and mustard paste in two cups of water and bring to a boil in a pan.

Step 3

Add slit green chillies and simmer for two minutes.

Step 4

Add the fried fish pieces and salt to taste and simmer till the fish is cooked. Serve hot with rice.

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