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%Barishali Ilish Recipe debjanir rannaghar

Barishali Ilish aka Ilish Barishali


Barishali Ilish is a Bengali Hilsa curry cooked with Mustard, Curd and Coconut paste


Units Scale
  • 6 Hilsa Chunks (I prefer to use round-cut fish)
  • 1 Tbsp. Black Mustard Seed
  • 1 Tbsp. Yellow Mustard Seed
  • 4 Tbsp. Coconut Paste
  • 100g Plain Curd
  • 1/2 Tsp. Nigella Seed/ Kalojire/ Kalonji
  • 4 Green Chili
  • 1 Tsp. Salt or to taste
  • 1 Tsp. Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. Red Chili Powder
  • 3 Tbsp. Mustard Oil


  1. Marinate Fish Chunks with 1/2 Tsp. Turmeric Powder and 1/2 Tsp. Salt.
  2. Soak mustard seeds in hot water for 15 minutes.
  3. Make a smooth paste of the mustard seeds along with 1/4 Tsp. Salt.
  4. Strain the paste after diluting it with 1/4 cup water to remove the husk.
  5. Beat the curd so that there is no lump.
  6. Now Make a mixture of the Mustard paste, coconut Paste, and Curd.
  7. Add Salt, Red Chilli Powder, and 1/2 Tsp. Turmeric Powder and mix.
  8. Add Green Chili slits as well.
  9. Heat 2 Tbsp. Mustard oil in a pan.
  10. If using the tail (Lyaja) fry it else you do not need to fry the fish.
  11. Temper the oil with Nigella Seed.
  12. Pour the mixture and add 1/2 cup of Water as well.
  13. Once the mixture starts boiling add marinated fish chunks.
  14. I have added a fried tail as well.
  15. Cook for around 10 minutes.
  16. Turn the fish once halfway through.
  17. Once the gravy reaches desired consistency add 1 Tbsp. Oil and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  18. Switch the flame off and serve it hot with steamed rice.


  • I do not fry Hilsa while cooking except head and tail.
  • Mustard oil makes the dish flavorful.
  • Instead of Coconut paste, you may use coconut milk as well.
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Fish
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Bengali


  • Serving Size: 200g
  • Calories: 369
  • Sugar: 1.3g
  • Sodium: 1077mg
  • Fat: 19.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.2g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Protein: 42.5g
  • Cholesterol: 73mg

Keywords: barishali ilish recipe, bengali hilsa curry recipe, shorshe narkel ilish recipe, debjanir rannaghar

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