Recipe: Shorshe Ilish Bhapa


Hilsa (ilish) 4 – 6 pieces of a large fish
Turmeric powder 1 teaspoon
Green chillies 2-3
Mustard oil 3 tablespoons
Yellow mustard seeds 1 tablespoon
Mustard seeds 1 tablespoon
Salt to taste


Soak the mustard seeds in very little water (just enough to soak) a pinch of salt and 1 whole green chilli for 3 to four hours.
Grind the soaked seeds, chilli into a smooth paste.
Wash the fish and sprinkle a pinch salt and the turmeric to it. Apply it on all sides.
In a pan that can fit into the pressure cooker. Lightly brush oil onto the pan
Apply the paste liberally on the fish from all sides.
Place the fish in the pan.
Adjust Salt.
Put rest of the paste on top and pour in 2 tablespoons of Mustard oil on top.
Place slit green chillis on top.
Cover with a lid.
Take a pressure cooker. Add three cups of water and place a ring in it. Place the pan on top.
Let it steam for 10 minutes.
Serve hot with steamed rice.

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