This is the very popular Ilish Maach'er Jhol or in simple terms Bengali Hilsa Fish curry. Hilsa fish is a river water fish and is much relished by most of the Bengali crowd. It is a must in the menu of any Bengali platter. This is the very basic fish gravy cooked with some potatoes thrown in. Eggplants, raw plantain or raw papaya too can be substituted.
You can cook any other fish too in the similar way. A little bit of raw mustard oil and coriander leaves added to the end product gives an authentic touch to the dish. Relish this delicacy with just plain steamed rice and a dash of lime. Please find below a step by step guide with pictures to prepare it.
- 2-3 pieces of Hilsa fish
- 1 potato, sliced lengthwise
- 3 tbsp. mustard oil
- 1 tsp. panch phoron (equal quantity of fennel, cumin, mustard, fenugreek & nigella seeds)
- 2 green chilies, slit
- 1 tsp. ginger paste
- 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
- 1 tsp. roasted cumin powder
- salt to taste
- 1 tbsp. coriander leaves
- 1 tsp. mustard oil to garnish
- 1 tsp. lime juice (opt)
Marinate the fish with a pinch of turmeric powder and salt for 10 minutes. Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the fish on both sides till light golden in colour. Drain and keep aside.
Temper the same oil with panch phoron and green chilies. Saute for a few seconds and then add the potatoes. Fry till light brown.
Add the ginger paste, cumin powder and turmeric powder mixed with some water to form a paste. Fry till the oil separates from the sides of the pan.
Add 2 cups water and salt. Bring it to a boil and add the fried fish. Cover and cook for 4-5 minutes on a medium flame or till the potatoes turns soft.
When done, add coriander leaves and raw mustard oil. Mix well and serve with just plain rice and with a dash of lime.
Marinate the fish with salt and a pinch of turmeric powder.
Heat oil in a pan and fry on both sides till light golden in colour.
Temper the same oil with panch phoron and green chilies. Saute
for a few seconds.
Add the potatoes and fry till light brown.
Add the ginger paste, cumin powder & turmeric powder mixed
with a little water. Saute till the oil separates.
Add 2 cups water and salt. Bring it to a boil and add the fried
Cover and simmer on a medium flame for 4-5 minutes or till the
potatoes are soft.
Add the coriander leaves & mustard oil and mix well.
Serve with plain steamed rice and a dash of lime.