Make Ilish Macher Jhol using 5 Essential Spices

Speaking of seafood, every state has its own speciality, from Maharashtra-Goa to Andhra-Bengal. Here we bring to you one such traditional recipe right from our cuisine treasure box of Bengal – Ilish Macher Jhol. Making this dish is so easy, all you need is a handful of spices right from your kitchen. Want to learn how? Read on!

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Make Ilish Macher Jhol using 5 Essential Spices
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a pan, heat oil and shallow fry the Hilsa fish pieces until golden brown and keep aside.
  2. In a pan, heat oil and add black cumin seeds. Once they crackle, add water to it along with turmeric and salt. Let the water boil and then add fried Hilsa pieces. Then add the green chillies and cook for about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Garnish with slit chillies and serve hot with steamed rice.
Recipe Notes

Recipe Tip

You can use the same oil for making curry that you used for frying the fish.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are black cumin seeds necessary for this recipe or can I use regular cumin seeds?

Black cumin seeds give the dish an authentic taste. However, if black cumin seeds aren’t available, you can also use kalonji (nigella seeds) or regular cumin seeds.

Can I marinate the fish before frying?

Yes. You can marinate the fish with salt and turmeric and keep it aside for at least 30 minutes.

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