Kachalonka Ilish – Hilsa with Green Chilli Paste

A very basic Hilsa recipe but tastes completely different from regular “ilish machher jhol” !!!


  • Hilsa Fish – 6 pieces
  • Onion – 1, chopped
  • Green Chilli Paste – 1 tbsp
  • Kalojeera/kalonji seeds – 1 tsp
  • Salt and turmeric – as required
  • Mustard oil – 3 tbsp
  • Whole green chilli – 2 for garnishing

Marinate the fishes with salt and turmeric for 15 minutes.
Add mustard oil to the pan, when it is hot, add the kalojeera / kalonji seeds. after 15 seconds, add the chopped onion and fry.

Add marinated fish and sauté over high heat for 1 minute. Add the green chilli paste and mix well. Be careful donot break the fish.

Add enough water so that fishes are covered. Cover and cook over low heat for 15 minutes or till the fishes are cooked thoroughly and oil surfaces out over the gravy.

Add 1-2 whole green chilli and keep covered for 15 minutes. The smell of chilli will be infused into the gravy.

Serve hot with plain rice.