"Cara do you know how to make Ilish Macher Korma? I mean the authentic one!"
"Why do you ask? BTW I know how to make the Ilish Macher Korma though I can not comment on the authenticity! You know, there is nothing called authentic, food goes through the evaluation as well! At least that is what I feel!"
"Got it, Cara! Actually, I had it last week while having the Bengali lunch out with friends; so just thought of having it at home!""BTW why are you calling me Cara, all of a sudden? Your Italian sucks! Errrrr"
"BTW why are you calling me Cara, all of a sudden! Your Italian sucks! Errrrr"
"Hmmm and your English sucks and that makes us a team"
"Shut up moron!"
"Okay, can we have some Debjani-made Ilish Macher Korma Wifie? Also, tell me one thing why do you always make Ilish with Shorshe bata or Doi; what the fascination is all about"
"Because I am a ghoti; what more can you expect other than Ilisher Shorshe Bhapa! Ilish with Onion Garlic is typically not my thing! Well, you don't understand. I have never seen your mother cooking Ilish; Your place is full of vegetarian and Choto Mach (small freshwater fish); not that I am complaining. She, after all, is a great cook, and learned the best Postor Halwa from her!
"Okay, so the MIL got a compliment from you! Anyway, I love Ilish and can we please have the Ilish Macher Korma!"
"By the way Mehebub I actually liked the Cara thing!"
Ilish Macher Korma, a few details!
Okay, it just was part of the typical domestic conversation which didn't end there! However, I ended up cooking the Ilish Macher Korma when Mehebub ended on coming home with a 1.5 Kg Ilish mach from Lake Market! It is not that I was willing to make it as I always crave for Ilish bhapa or Doi Ilish or Ilisher Jhal but at times you need to cook Man's favorite as well! After all, he was calling me "Cara" that too after 7 years of marriage!
Coming to the Ilish Macher Korma, this is not a typical Indianised dish prepared with Hilsa! In fact, as much as I know this dish is originally from Bangladesh however, a reader wrote on my Insta post that this is not a Bangladeshi way of cooking either! I was quite surprised upon reading that however, I don't have any more references on this!
Ilish with Onion, Ginger, and Garlic?
Even little Cashew nut paste and Garam Masala are also used which obviously a bit unique. Ilish has its' own taste and I prefer to use moderate spices to keep the original flavor of Ilish intact. I prefer to use big size Ilish to make this dish as bigger the Ilish tastier it is and aromatic as well.
I found Pasta enjoying the gravy probably because it was a bit on the sweeter side. Mehebub told me that enjoyed the Debjani-made Ilish Macher Korma and that too again with a "Cara"!
I suppose I should now share the recipe so that you can try my version of Ilish Macher Korma. Do try it with a spoonful (or maybe more) of Steamed rice ( or should I say Gorom Bhat) and let me know how it comes out!
Here's how I make Ilish Macher Korma at Debjanir Rannaghar!Print
Ilish Macher Korma is an Onion -garlic-based Ilish (Hilsa) preparation and a bit different from regular Hilsa dishes
- 8 pieces Ilish Maach/ Hilsa Fish Chunk ( 100g each)
- 3 Onion
- 1 Tsp. Ginger Paste
- 1.5 Tsp. Garlic Paste
- 10 Green Chili
- 25 Cashew Nut
- 10 Raisin
- 75ml Milk (½ Cup)
- 75ml Hung Curd (½ Cup)
- 1" Whole Cinamon
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 4 Green Cardamom
- 2 Red Chili
- 1 Tbsp. Turmeric Powder
- ½ Tsp. Bengali Garam Masala Powder
- 1 Tsp. Sugar
- 1 Tsp. Salt or to taste
- 1 Tbsp. Ghee
- 4 Tbsp. Mustard Oil
- Wash the Hilsa chunks and rub some turmeric powder and salt into the fish chunks and leave for 15 minutes.
- Make a paste of two onions and thinly slice one.
- Soak Cashewnut in hot water for 10 minutes and make a smooth paste of the nuts after that.
- Thinly slice one onion to make Piaj Beresta or Onion crisp.
- Heat the Oil in a wok and fry the sliced onion till that turn golden brown and crispy.
- Lightly fry Ilish Maach in the remaining oil ( hardly 30-45 seconds on each side) and strain from the oil.
- Temper the Oil with Whole Cinamon, Bay Leaf, Green Cardamom, and Red Chili.
- Add sliced onion and fry.
- Now add Onion paste and cook on medium flame till the onion turn brown.
- Add Ginger and Garlic Paste along with 2-3 slit Green chili and cook till the mixture leaves the edges of the pan.
- Add little water ( 1 Tsp.) in the case found the mixture drying much.
- Now add curd and mix thoroughly and cook in medium flame till the oil separates from the mixture.
- Add Salt and Sugar to the mixture and mix.
- Add Cashewnut paste and whole Raisin and cook till the nutty aroma goes completely from the mixture.
- At this point, add milk along with 2 cups of water and bring it to a boil.
- Add fried Hilsa chunks and cook for 5-7 minutes or till the gravy thickens and oil separates from the mixture.
- Add Ghee, Garam Masala powder, and Fried Onion (Beresta) and mix.
- Serve Ilish Macher Korma with steamed rice.
- The big the size of the fish from which the pieces have been taken, the tastier is the dish.
- You may increase or decrease the spices as per taste.
- Ghee can be skipped for a low-calorie version.
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Category: Fish
- Cuisine: Bengali
- Serving Size: 120g
- Calories: 407
- Sugar: 24.9g
- Sodium: 653mg
- Fat: 19.7g
- Saturated Fat: 4.6g
- Carbohydrates: 49.6g
- Fiber: 3g
- Protein: 11.6g
- Cholesterol: 27mg
llish Mach Recipes from Debjanir Rannaghar!
- Lau Patay Ilish Paturi (Also known as Lau Patay Ilish Bhapa)
- Sada Ilish aka Ilisher PaniKhola (also known as Ilish Pani Khola)
- Mawa Ghater Ilish Macher Lejar Bhorta (Also known as Ilish Macher Bhorta)
- Ilish Shukto (Also known as macher mathar shukto)
- Ilish Macher Tok (Also known as Ilish Macher Tawk)
- Kasundi Ilish (Also known as Hilsa cooked with Bengali Mustard Sauce Kasundi)
- Bori Begun Aloo diye Ilish Macher Tel Jhol (Also known as Ilisher Tel Jhol)
- Doi Ilish (Also known as Hilsa with Curd)
- Ilish Macher Matha diye Badhakopi (Also known as ilish mathar ghonto)
- Bhapa Ilish (Also known as Steamed Hilsa Fish or Ilish Bhapa)
- Ilish Pulao (Also known as Bengali Hilsa Pulao)
- Ilish Macher Sorshe bata diye Jhal (Also known as Hilsa Fish in Mustard Gravy)
Have you tried the Ilish Macher Korma Recipe from Debjanir Rannaghar!
Do let me know how it came out. Also, I would love to see a picture of the same which you can share here on firstname.lastname@example.org. In Instagram, you can use my hashtag #debjanirrannaghar or can tag me at @foodofdebjani.