Doi Ilish | Hilsa Fish in Yogurt Gravy Recipe

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Among various Ilish macher recipes, this Doi Ilish is somewhat special. Here, The Hilsa fish or Ilish is fried and then cooked in a yogurt gravy, mildly flavored with cinnamon and cardamom. Unlike other Ilish macher recipes, this doi ilish is a pleasant change from the usual shorshe bata recipes or mustard paste gravies.

This doi macher recipe is one of my go-to recipes for any variety of fish that I get fresh from the market. Especially with the hilsa fish which makes it even more delicious. In this blog post, I have shared a detailed recipe for how to make doi diye ilish macher recipe or hilsa in yogurt gravy.

Doi Ilish - Ilish Macher Recipe

Why this Doi Ilish recipe is unique and you will love it?

  • Offers a refreshing change from the usual shorshe bata ilish maacher recipes. Not that we aren’t fond of those but this doi ilish is a God-sent gift for those who do not particularly prefer the pungency of mustard seed paste-based gravies
  • Simple ingredients that give you a delicious ilish macher recipe
  • One of the classic Bengali ranna recipe which comes together in no time

How to make Doi Maach using Ilish – Ingredients list

  • Ilish or Hilsa pieces
  • Onion, Ginger 
  • Whole spices like Cinnamon, Green Cardamom, Bay Leaves
  • Fresh Yogurt
  • Refined Oil like Sunflower Oil or Rice Bran Oil
  • Sugar
  • Green Chilies
  • Salt to taste
  • Garam Masala Powder

Step-by-step instructions on how to make Doi Ilish

  • Start by preparing the onion and ginger for this dish. Grind them into a smooth paste and keep it aside.
  • Let’s begin the cooking by heating the oil in a pan. Meanwhile, season the fish quite generously with some salt
  • Once the oil is hot, lay the fish in them and fry them slightly on each side. It is going to splutter, so be very careful
  • Once they turn golden, take them out and keep them aside
  • Now, in the same oil, add the whole spices and let it sizzle for a minute or so. 
  • Then add the Onion-Ginger paste and fry it nicely with some Salt. We aren’t looking to get them all brown. Just saute them till they are reduced and the raw smell has gone completely
  • Once done, add back the fish pieces
  • Whisk the yogurt with some water and pour it over the fish. Add the Salt, Sugar, Green chilies, and Garam Masala Powder. Turn the heat on low and allow it to simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  • Once you see the fat surfacing, turn off the heat and serve.

Equipment in use

Mixing Bowl | Cooking Pan | NutriBullet Grinder

In case you are looking for more interesting and delicious fish recipes, here are a few of them from my blog.

Katla Mach / Rohu Fish or Rui Maach Recipes

Baramundi / Basa/ Tilapia Recipes

Fish Head Recipes

Ilish Mach or Hilsa Recipes

Some other fish or seafood recipes

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Doi Ilish | Hilsa Fish in Yogurt Gravy Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Among various Ilish macher recipes, this Doi Ilish is somewhat special. Here, The Hilsa fish or Ilish is fried and then cooked in a yogurt gravy, mildly flavored with cinnamon and cardamom. Unlike other Ilish macher recipes, this doi ilish is a pleasant change from the usual shorshe bata recipes or mustard paste gravies.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Bengali, Indian
Keyword: Bengali Fish Recipes, Fish Recipes, How To cook Hilsa Fish, Ilish Maacher Recipe, Yogurt Recipes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Priyanka
Ingredients
  • 4-6 nos. Ilish or Hilsa fish pieces
  • 2 Onion Medium – paste
  • 1 inch Ginger paste
  • 1 inch Cinnamon
  • 4 Green Cardamom
  • 1/2 cup Yogurt
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 4 tbsp Refined Oil
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 2 Green Chilies
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala Powder
Instructions
  1. Start by preparing the onion and ginger for this dish. Grind them into a smooth paste and keep it aside.
  2. Let’s begin the cooking by heating the oil in a pan. Meanwhile, season the fish quite generously with some salt
  3. Once the oil is hot, lay the fish in them and fry them slightly on each side. It is going to splutter, so be very careful
  4. Once they turn golden, take them out and keep them aside
  5. Now, in the same oil, add the whole spices and let it sizzle for a minute or so.
  6. Then add the Onion-Ginger paste and fry it nicely with some Salt. We aren’t looking to get them all brown. Just saute them till they are reduced and the raw smell has gone completely
  7. Once done, add back the fish pieces
  8. Whisk the yogurt with some water and pour it over the fish. Add the Salt, Sugar, Green chilies, and Garam Masala Powder. Turn the heat on low and allow it to simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  9. Once you see the fat surfacing, turn off the heat and serve.

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