Bhapa Ilish – Steamed Mustard Hilsa – Shorshe Bhapa Ilish- Easy Bengali Fish Recipe – Step by step recipe with Youtube video.
Bhapa Ilish is a delicious Bengali Hilsa Fish Recipe, where Hilsa is marinated in puissant mustard – coconut paste and steamed. It needs only 14 minutes to be ready. Serve along with rice and other side dishes, like dal, alu’r jhuri bhaja, khejur aar aamsotto diye tomato chutney.
Ilish/ hilsa is one of the tastiest fishes due to its distinctly soft oily texture and amazing flavour. When it combines with the potent mustard paste and steamed/ pan fried, it tastes heavenly delicious.
Ilish fish with mustard paste is very popular in Bengali’s household. First, the fish is cleaned properly and cut into equal sizes. Then a smooth paste of mustard is being prepared. Also, coconut, turmeric powder, salt, sugar, green chilies, mustard oil, and water are added.
Marinade the fish pieces in the mustard paste for 10 min in a tiffin box.
Pour in water in the steamer/ pot where the tiffin box will be placed. Keep a stand also so that the container doesn’t touch the bottom of the steamer and remains a gap between.
When the water starts boiling, place the tiffin container.
Steam for 15 min.
The “Bhapa Ilish” is ready. Serve with hot steaming rice.