Hilsa Fish in Mustard Gravy (Shorshe Ilish)


  • 4 pieces of Hilsa fish
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1/3 tsp nigella seeds
  • 4 green chillies
  • 3 tbsp + 1 tsp mustard oil
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste

Method –

  1. Soak the mustard seeds on in a little water for 2 hours
  2. Rub the fish well with 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder.
  3. In a grinder, put the soaked mustard seeds, a green chilli and a pinch of salt. Grind it fine adding a few spoons of water as required
  4. Add the ground paste to 3/4 cup of water and strain. Keep aside
  5. In a pan, heat 3 tbsp of mustard oil till smoking
  6. Fry the fish lightly for 1 minute on both sides and set aside
  7. In the same oil, add the nigella seeds and 1 green chilli
  8. Once it crackles, add 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  9. After 30 seconds, pour the mustard paste
  10. Let it come to a boil
  11. Now add the fish and the remaining chillies and simmer the gravy with the lid on for 10 minutes
  12. After the gravy thickens, turn off the heat and add 1 tsp mustard oil on top
  13. Mix it well and serve with steamed rice

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