Sorshe Ilish /Hilsa In Mustard Gravy - rita-bose-cooking

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08 August, 2013

Sorshe Ilish /Hilsa In Mustard Gravy

08 August, 2013

Monsoon and Ilish(Hilsa) are both synonyms to Bengalees. Its raining heavily in Kolkata and we all Bengalees have got hooked to Ilish. The fish markets are full of  Hilsa these days but the price is so costly that we cannot afford to buy it on a regular basis. What makes this fish popular is its awesome aroma which itself makes every dish delicious. Many delicious preparations can be made with this dish - Ilish Bhape,Paturi or even a simple bhaja or fry. Now,hilsa is also cooked in other ways like Ilish biryani, korma, mango hilsa, grilled or smoked with boneless hilsa and so on.
    Today I want to share the recipe of Sorshe llish,  a famous Bengali delicacy cooked in mustard sauce gravy. This is very easy to prepare but tastes awesome. It can be done in microwave too. This recipe cooked by my mother is my all time favourite. Hope u all would also enjoy this traditional Bengali dish.


  • Hilsa fish - 7-8 pieces
  • Mustard seeds - 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Poppy seeds - 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Kalonjee(nigella seeds) - 1tsp
  • Yogurt - 2 tbsp (beaten)
  • Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Green chillies - 4-5 (slit)
  • Salt to taste and little sugar
  • Mustard oil for cooking


  1. Grind mustard seeds and poppy seeds with 2 green chillies and little water to a smooth paste.
  2. Heat mustard oil in a kadhai/wok and temper with nigella seeds.
  3. Now slowly add the mustard-poppy seed paste diluted with little water. Add turmeric powder and red chilli powder and saute for a minute.
  4. Next add the yoghurt and stir well.
  5. Add salt and sugar and a cup of water and bring it to a boil.
  6. Put the fish pieces gently in the kadhai adding slit green chillies.
  7. Cover and cook on low medium heat for 8-10 mins.
Serve warm with steamed rice and just N'Joy!


  1. This is totally new to me Rita, looks very lovely. Will try this delicious fish...

  2. I love it .. Such a mouth watering curry...

  3. Jive jal asha ekta recipe...all time favourite...

  4. so yummy so good, will make us celebrate monsoon with some steamy rice, delicious

  5. Kya baat hai Rita.. Fish curry looks yummy.. Will definitely try this :-)


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