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24 April, 2013

Ilish Machher Jhol / Hilsa Fish Curry with Eggplant

24 April, 2013

Ilish Machher Jlol / Hilsa Fish Curry with Eggplant

Hilsa fish, usually called "Ilish Machh" in bengali is a very popular fish among Bengalis. Any preparation with hilsa becomes a delicacy. It doesn't require much of spice as the aroma of the fish itself makes the dish delicious. Today I want to share the recipe of hilsa curry which I prepared on Poila Baisakh(Bengali New Year).
This is a very famous Bengali fish curry recipe which is quite easy to prepare, tastes delicious and is great when accompanied with hot steamed rice.

Ilish Machher Jlol / Hilsa Fish Curry with Eggplant
Delicious Hilsa Fish Curry

  • Hilsa fish -6-7 pieces
  • Brinjal - 1 (medium, cut into cubes)
  • Nigella seeds/kalonji - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Green chillies - 2-3
  • Salt to taste
  • Mustard oil - 3 tbs

  1.  Shallow fry the hilsa fish pieces rubbing salt and turmeric powder till light brown in colour. Keep aside.                       
  2. Heat oil in a pan and when it turns smoking hot add 1/2 tsp of nigella seeds and allow it to crackle.Add the brinjal pieces and fry it it turns light brown in colour. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and saute for a minute or so.
  3. Now add water as per your requirement for the gravy. Let the water come to a boil.
  4. Add the fried fish pieces, salt and split green chillies. Cook covered for 5 mins.
  5. Check seasoning and remove from flame. 
  6. Delicious hilsa curry is ready to be served with hot steamed rice.


  1. wooooo...you are making me drooooollllllllll...

  2. Wow Rita! Delicious fish curry :-)

  3. Super fish gravy, wish I could have it...
    very delicious with brinjal.

  4. Gosh, you got me excited and jumping high. The little ingredients are so good for a burst of flavors into the fish curry.

  5. the first click is so tempting rita.. wish to have with some rice..

  6. Wow. That's so tempting Rita :) Lovely flavours going i n:)

  7. This is my Fav Rita... nicely made...

  8. Absolutely delicious. Looks amazing! Dekhe lov samlano ki jay!

    today's post:

  9. Hi Rita, drooling here. I too have a Bengali friend and she cooks really delicious bengali fish curry. seeing this curry reminds me of her.

  10. Droolworthy and irresistible curry...

  11. Delicious fish curry Rita Looks perfect meal

  12. tempting curry and an interesting combo...

  13. One of the best Bengali dishes... loved it..
    Glad to have visited your blog... happy to follow u..

  14. Dear Rita
    1st time at your blog and I must say you have great collections of recipes.
    This traditional Bong fish curry is nicely presented , I like it
    have a nice week ahead .
    Let me see what great recipes you have for us .

  15. Delicious fish curry Rita, love the addition of eggplants in there.


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