Hilsa Fish in Brinjal Curry (Ilish Maacher Begun Jhol)


  • 4 pieces of Hilsa fish
  • 1/2 tsp nigella seeds
  • 5 slit green chillies
  • 1 medium brinjal cut into 2” lengthwise
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp mustard oil


  1. Rub 1/4 tsp of turmeric and a little salt on the fish pieces. Set aside for 15-20 minutes
  2. Heat mustard oil to smoking in a kadhai
  3. Fry the fish pieces lightly to a light golden brown
  4. Remove and drain on a kitchen towel
  5. Temper the same oil with nigella seeds and green chillies
  6. Add the brinjal pieces and sauté till they are lightly brown and soft
  7. Add about 1 1/4 cups of warm water
  8. Add salt, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and cook till the brinjal softens
  9. Add the fish pieces and cook for 2-3 minutes

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