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Saturday 25 October 2014

Ilish Maach Bhaja (Hilsa Fish Fry - Bengali Style)

             Hilsa fish, the most favourite delicacy among the Bong crowd, is relished in many ways. Some like it in a steamed form and some with gravy. But this is the fried version where the fish is only marinated with salt and turmeric powder and shallow fried in mustard oil. 

          1-2 dry red chilies too are fried in the same oil. It is then mixed with hot steamed rice along with the oil in which it was fried, a pinch of salt and the fried chilies crushed into it. This is how it is enjoyed as a main course. Fresh green / red chilies can also be substituted. It is simply divine. 

  • 2 Hilsa fish pieces
  • 1/4 tsp. salt or to taste 
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 3 tbsp. mustard oil
  • 2 dry red chilies (opt)

          Marinate the fish pieces with salt and turmeric powder for 10 minutes. Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the fish till golden brown in colour. Fry the dry red chilies too, if using.

           Serve with hot steamed rice along with the oil in which it was fried. Accompany it with 1-2 fried dry red chilies or fresh green / red chilies.




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