It's been a long I was planning to post the recipe of Ilish Mach er Dim Bhuna yet I was not able to make it. The reason is nothing but the availability of Ilish Mach-er dim aka Hilsa roe in bulk. However, the last week's purchase had more than enough roe to make the Ilish Macher Dim er Jhuri. Yes, this dish goes by both the names, Bhuna and Jhuri. This is not a usual curry with Hilsa fish but macher dim torkari where the fish is used differently.
In my place, we mostly call the stir-fried Hilsa roe, Ilish Macher Dim er Jhuri. I have seen my Bangladeshi friends referring this as Ilish Macher Dim Bhuna. The recipe is almost the same that we follow here in West Bengal and also in Bangladesh. It is basically the easiest way to utilize excess Hilsa roe to make a delectable side dish with piping hot rice. By the way, can there be at all extra or unnecessary Ilish er dim? I don't think so. Okay, let me rephrase the sentence, Ilish Macher Dim er Jhuri is another mouth-watering Ilish recipe one should try instead of only frying the macher dim or instead of cooking it along with the mach while cooking Ilish bhapa or doi ilish or shorshe ilish.
No-fuss recipe of Ilish Mach er Dim Bhuna!
What you need is a chunk of Hilsa roe, some onion, tomatoes, ginger-garlic, green chilies, and also a few spices to make this dish. However, I prefer to add a few pieces of Ilish mach along with the roe to make it more flavorful. This step is completely optional yet if you go by my suggestion, necessary.
The mandatory do's and don'ts related to the ethical consumption of Hilsa!
I guess this part of the blog post is nothing but a statutory warning. Please don't purchase Khoka Ilish. Think about the future generation. I don't want them to know Ilish only through pictures, articles, and books. I know you also think the same. Don't you? While purchasing Ilish plan the cooking part. Make two or three types of dishes using one fish. This way you will be able to eat different dishes with ilish without the burden of over-eating. I'll be sharing the recipes of ilish delicacies below from where you can choose what else can you cook with the rest of the pieces after utilizing the roe and a piece or two after cooking the Ilish Macher Dim Bhuna. Last but not the least, limit the consumption within the period that is advisable for eating Hilsa. Let us not make an Hilsa fish an endangered species.
Here's how I cook Ilish Mach er Dim Bhuna or Ilish Mach er Dim er Jhuri!Print
- Hilsa Roe/ Ilish Mach er Dim: 200g
- Hilsa chunk/ Ilish mach: 2 Pieces
- Onion: 3 (big)
- Ginger paste: 1 Tsp.
- Garlic Paste: 1 Tbsp.
- Tomato: 1 (big)
- Green Chili: 4
- Turmeric Powder: 1 Tsp.
- Red Chili Powder: 1 Tsp.
- Salt: to taste
- Mustard Oil: 4 Tbsp.
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- Marinate Hilsa roe and fish chunks with ½ Tsp. of Turmeric powder, and also ½ Tsp. of salt.
- Finely chop two onions and make a paste of another.
- Make a paste of the Tomato as well.
- Chop green chilies as well.
- Now heat 2 Tbsp. mustard oil in a pan.
- Add chopped onion and fry till the onion turned translucent in color.
- Now add onion paste, garlic paste, ginger paste, and also chopped green chilies.
- Fry till the oil leaves the edges of the pan.
- Now add turmeric powder, red chili powder, ½ tsp. salt and mix well.
- At this point add the marinated fish roe and mix thoroughly.
- The roe will dry almost immediately and hence, you have to stir vigorously.
- Now add the fish chunks and mix well and keep frying.
- Add 1 Tbsp. oil in between and break the fish using the spatula.
- Mix in a way that there are broken yet big chunks of fish along with the stir-fried roe.
- Adjust salt if needed.
- You can add some chopped cilantro if you wish.
- Once done, add the remaining 1 Tbsp. oil and give a thorough mix.
- Serve it hot with steamed rice.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 15 mins
- Category: Fish
- Cuisine: Bengali
- Serving Size: 100g
- Calories: 290
- Sugar: 4.9g
- Sodium: 797mg
- Fat: 2.1g
- Carbohydrates: 12.3g
- Fiber: 2.8g
- Protein: 21.8g
- Cholesterol: 21mg
Bengali Ilish Mach Recipes from Debjanir Rannaghar
- Barishali Ilish (also known as Ilish Barishali)
- Lau Patay Ilish Paturi (also known as Lau Patay Ilish Bhapa)
- Sada Ilish (also known as Ilish Panikhola)
- Kasundi Ilish (also known as Hilsa cooked with Bengali Mustard Sauce Kasundi)
- Ilish Macher Tok (also known as Ilish Macher Tawk)
- Mawa Ghater Ilish Macher Lejar Bhorta (also known as Ilish Macher Bhorta)
- Bori Begun Aloo diye Ilish Macher Tel Jhol (also known as Ilisher tel jhol)
- Ilish Pulao (also known as Bengali Hilsa Pulao)
- Doi Ilish (also known as Doi Hilsa)
- Bhapa Ilish (also known as Ilish Bhapa)
- Ilish Macher Sorshe bata diye Jhal (also known as Shorshe Ilish)
- Ilish Macher Matha diye Badhakopi (also known as Ilisher matha diye badhakopir ghonto)
Have you tried the Bengali Ilish macher Dim Bhuna 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. Meanwhile, on Instagram, you can use my hashtag #debjanirrannaghar and in addition, you can tag me at @foodofdebjani.
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