Shorshe Illish Maacher Jhal recipe

Sorshe Illish Macher Jhal | Bengali Hilsa in Mustard Curry Recipe

SHorshe Illish Macher Jhal RecipeEvery Bengali’s Sin : Illish Maach & Shorshe Illish Macher Jhal

I am very sure that 9 out of 10 Bengalis completely adore Illish maach or Hilsa fish. And, I pity that one person who, I am sure gets smirks and ridicule for not liking this fish. And, I am very much a part of that group which ridicules that one person! And, nopes I feel no shame about that. After all, there’s nothing that one can hate about Illish or Hilsa fish.

And, often when I get Illish maach at home, I am at loss because I am always brimming with ideas about what to make out of those. I have already share Illish Mach Bhaja recipe and Bhapa Illish recipe, here on my blog.

This Illish Macher shorshe jhol recipe is again a big time hit in my kitchen. One, because it is super simple and can be easily wrapped up within 10 minutes flat. Second, it basically needs minimum ingredients to bring together a luxurious meal as per a Bengali’s definition. Give a Bangali bhodrolok some bhaat and illish maach, he would happily polish off his plate in no time.

And, if you are an Illish Maach lover or you someone who is, then you should definitely get this recipe.

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
17 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Bengali
Servings: 2 People
  • 4 Illish Maach
  • 4 tbsp Mustard Oil
  • 1 tbsp Mustard Powder
  • 1 tbsp Poppy Seed paste
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 Green Chilies Slit in halves
  1. Heat oil in a pan. Add the slit green chilies.

  2. Slightly sear the fish pieces for a minute on each sides. Do not allow them to go brown.

  3. Meanwhile soak rest of the ingredients in 1/2 cup water and pour it over the fish pieces. Allow it to simmer for 8-10 minutes to cook the fish properly.

  4. Once done, serve it with a drizzle of mustard oil and a dash of lemon juice.

Recipe Notes

While using the Green Chilies, use your discretion as per your take on heat.

Once you put the dish to simmer, note that there is ample amount of water in the pan. As poppy paste has a tendency to stick at the bottom of the dish and burn. Ample amount of water would avoid that.



About The Author


How about I share my daily kitchen escapades with you so that you can plan your meals efficiently. Me and my hubby are foodies with a limited appetite. That is, we love food and enjoy smaller meal portions throughout the day. So, I end up making different dishes to keep up with our excitement to try various cuisine. Plan your Bengali Vegetarian Meals with me as I share quick and easy ways of making traditional Bengali dishes. To keep up with our prominent sweet-tooth, I do baking where I try to re-create luxurious dessert recipes using easily available ingredients, at home. Also, read about my travel stories here.

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