Sanoli's Kitchen: BHAPA ILLISH / STEAMED HILSA (King of Fish)

Sunday, April 29, 2012


It is a micro oven preparation, very easy and simple recipe. Tastes great!

4 large pieces of Hilsa fish (Illish mach)
2 tbsp Mustard seeds (Rai)
1 tsp Poppy seeds (posto)
A pinch of Onion seeds/Kalonji (optional)
5 Green Chillies
2 tbsp Yoghurt
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tbsp finely chopped Coriander leaves
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tbsp Mustard Oil.

Soak mustard seeds and poppy seeds in warm water for 1 hour. Grind in a smooth paste. Add yoghurt, turmeric powder and 3 green chillies. Blend again. Your masala paste is ready now.

Wash the fish properly. Take a micro oven safe flat bowl. Arrange the fish pieces in it. Pour masala paste, onion seeds, salt and mustard oil. Mix gently.

Now slit the remaining green chillies and arrange on the top of the fish pieces.

At 100% heat in micro mode, put the covered bowl in micro oven.  Cook it for 10 minutes. In between, after 5 minutes turn the reverse side of the fish pieces.

Keep 5 minutes in stand time. Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves on top. Your Bhapa Illish is ready to serve with steamed rice.

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