Sorshe Posto Ilish – Hilsa in Mustard Poppy Seed Gravy

Hilsa season has started again post Saraswati Puja and this is what I have prepared today for lunch. This is kind of a bhapa / steamed recipe and tastes heavenly with plain rice.


  • Hilsa Fillet – 7-8
  • Mustard paste – 2 tbsp
  • PoppySeed paste – 1 tbsp
  • Green chilli paste – as per taste
  • Ginger Paste – 1 tsp
  • Curd – 2 tsp
  • Salt, Turmeric
  • Mustard oil
  • Kalonji Seeds / kalo jeere – a pinch
Marinate the fishes with all ingredients except oil and kalonji seeds for 30 – 45 minutes.
In a pan, add mustard oil. When it is hot, add the kalonji seeds and let it splutter. Carefully place the fish onto the oil. flipping after 30 seconds.
Add water to the remaining marinades and pour the masala water onto the fish.
Cook covered with a heavy lid and over a very low frame till oil comes out.
Garnish with green chili and serve with plain rice.




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