Mawa Ghater Ilish Macher Lejar Bhorta | Ilish Macher Bhorta

%Ilish Macher Bhorta

A Mash prepared with Hilsa Fishtail, from Mawaghat, Bangladesh, Ilish Macher Bhorta is a unique take on the process of cooking Ilish Mach


  • Ilish Macher Leja/ Tail of Hilsa Fish: 4-5 (try to use the tail from big fish to reduce the labor)
  • Onion: 5
  • Green Chilli: 2-3
  • Coriander Leave: a few
  • Lemon Juice: 1 Tbsp.
  • Whole Red Chili: 5-10 (depending on how hot you want your Ilish Macher Lejar Bhorta)
  • Turmeric Powder: 1 Tbsp.
  • Red Chilli Powder: 1 Tsp.
  • Salt: to Taste
  • Mustard Oil: 3 Tbsp. + 1 Tbsp.


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  2. Wash and clean Ilish Macher Lej or Fishtail.
  3. Rub Turmeric Powder, Red Chilli Powder:, and Salt to the chunks and leave for 15 minutes before frying.
  4. Heat 3 Tbsp. Oil in a pan and fry fish chunks till those turn crisp.
  5. Keep the oil remain in the pan as it is.
  6. Switch the flame off and wait till the fried fishes cooled down completely.
  7. Now take the Fried Fishtail and with patience remove all the bones from it so that you are having the meat separated.
  8. Now thin slice the Onions.
  9. Dry Roast the Red Chillis till those start emit the pungent aroma and switch the flame off.
  10. Once cooled down, make a coarse powder of the Roasted Red Chilli (refer the picture for consistency).
  11. Take the sliced Onion in a plate and start mixing those with Roasted Red Chilli Powder and some Salt till the onion started releasing moisture.
  12. Add lemon juice and mix thoroughly.
  13. Now add the Fish paste and mix again.
  14. Finally, add chopped Green Chilli, Chopped Coriander leaves 1 Tbsp. of raw mustard Oil and the remaining oil from the pan and mix again to complete the Bhorta.
  15. Serve Ilish Macher Bhorta with steamed rice.
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