Ilish maacher begun jhol(Hilsa with Brinjal)

Ilish maach is one of the biggest weakness of most of the bengalis. Here is a very typical bengali recipe… simple..easy…quick and delicious…..



  • Hilsa fishes – 4 pcs
  • Brinjal 1 – Cut into slices
  • Green Chilli – 1
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt – As per taste
  • Mustard Oil – 3 tbsp
  • Kalonji seeds – a pinch

Marinate the fish pieces with salt and turmeric and keep aside for 15 minutes

Heat mustard oil in a kadai and add kalonji seeds and green chilli. When it splutters, add the brinjal and fry for 2-3 minutes over high heat.

Mix Salt, Turmeric and Chilli powder in a cup of water and pour over the brinjals.

When it starts boiling, add the marinated fish pieces into the gravy and boil for 10 minutes over low heat with the lid on.

Check the seasoning. Your ‘ilish machher jhol’ is ready to be served.