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Ilish Machher Jhol (Hilsa Fish Curry)

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Ilish Machher Jhol (Hilsa Fish Curry)

Ilish Machher Jhol (Hilsa Fish Curry)



Recipe Servings


Recipe Cook Time

:20 Minutes

Hilsa fish curry: This Bengali recipe is very easy to prepare, tastes delicious and is a great accompaniment with steamed rice.


  • Hilsa fish (easily available in West Bengal, but found in most parts of India throughout the year), cut into thin pieces.

    1 tsp black cumin seeds (known as kalongi in Hindi and kalo jeeray in Bengali)

    1/2 tsp turmeric powder / haldi

    2 to 4 green chillies

    1 Tbsp mustard oil (or any vegetable oil)

    Salt to taste


Shallow fry the Hilsa fish pieces, till golden brown. Keep aside.

In a pan, heat 1 Tbsp oil, add about 1 tsp black cumin seeds and let them crackle.

Add about a cup of water to it, about 1/2 tsp haldi, salt to taste and let the water come to a boil.

Add the fried Hilsa pieces. Split the the green chillies into two or cut them into half and add to the curry.

Cook for 2 mins.

Hilsa curry is ready. Serve with steamed rice.

Key Ingredients: Fish, Cumin Seeds, Turmeric, Green Chillies, Mustard Oil, Vegetable Oil, Salt