Nona Ilish Bhorta

%Debjanir Rannaghar Nona Ilish Bhorta Recipe

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Nona Ilish Bhorta is a Bangladeshi Fish Mash prepared with Salted Hilsa Fish aka Nona Ilish.


  • 5 pieces Nona Ilish/ Dried Hilsa Fish (around 500g)
  • 5 Onion
  • 1 Tbsp. Ginger Paste
  • 2 Tbsp. Garlic Paste
  • 1/2 Tsp. Chopped Garlic (optional)
  • 6 Green Chili
  • 1/2 Tsp. Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. Red Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. Salt or to taste
  • 4 Tbsp. Mustard Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice (optional)


  1. If using a whole fish, cut it into medium size pieces.
  2. Soak* the Nona Ilish pieces in a bowl full of water for around 30 minutes.
  3. Remove the fish scales.
  4. Wash the fishes again in fresh water.
  5. Chop Onion roughly.
  6. Heat the Mustard oil in a pan.
  7. Fry Onion till those turn brown.
  8. Add Ginger and Garlic paste and cook till oil comes out from the mixture.
  9. Now add chopped Garlic and chopped Green chili followed by Coriander powder, Turmeric Powder, Red Chili, and powder.
  10. Add thee Cups of water and wait till the mixture starts boiling.
  11. Now add fish chunks and cover the pan with a lid.
  12. Cook on low flame till the liquid evaporates and the fish turn mushy.
  13. Adjust the salt and cook till oil comes out from the mixture.
  14. Finish the dish with 1 Tsp. of Mustard Oil.
  15. Mix 1 Tbsp. of Lemon Juice before serving the Nona Ilish Bhorta.


  • You must soak the fish in water for around 30 minutes. Nona Ilish is preserved with salt and hence soaking is the option to discard excess Salt.
  • Check the salt level before adding salt while cooking.


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