Saturday, April 27, 2013

ILISH BESAR/BHAPA ILISH(HILSHA IN YOGURT & MUSTARD SAUCE)

Hilsha or Ilish is the most popular fish in Odisha,West Bengal,Assam,Tripura and Bangladesh.There are a number of ways of cooking Hilsa.In Odisha there is a popular saying that "Machha khaaiba Ilishii, chakiri kariba polisi", which means that eating Ilish and getting a job in Police department are of equal status.Here we are following a recipe that comes from the Oriya and Bengal cuisine.





INGREDIENTS:-

Hilsa(Ilish)-500 gms
Chopped Onion-1 medium(optional)
Chopped Tomato-1 large(optional)
Green Chilies-6(slit at the base)
Yogurt-4 tbsp
Turmeric Powder-1 tsp
Chili Powder-1/2 tsp or to taste
Mustard Oil-2 tbsp
Mustard Seeds-1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves-6-8
Water-1 cup
Salt To Taste

FOR PASTE:

Mustard Seeds-3 tbsp(soaked in little water)
Garlic-5-6 cloves
Dry red chili or green chili-2

METHOD:-

1-Put all the paste ingredients in a grinder and make a smooth paste and keep aside.



2-Wash and marinade the fish with mustard paste,yogurt,turmeric powder,chili powder and salt.Keep aside.


 3-In a pan heat mustard oil,add mustard seeds and curry leaves.When the mustard seeds begin to splutter,add marinade fish.


 4-Add chopped onions,chopped tomatoes,slit green chilies and some water,bring it to boil.


 5-Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes on low flame,then uncover and cook till the water is dries up or gravy becomes thick.
6-Serve hot ilish besar with plain rice.



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