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The Hirshon Indian Bengali Fish In Mustard Sauce - সর্ষে ইলিশ

The Hirshon Indian Bengali Fish In Mustard Sauce – সর্ষে ইলিশ

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  • Hilsa fish/ Ilish Mach or try mackerel fillets, shad fillets (best choice if you can find it) bluefish fillets or even salmon fillets: 5-6 pieces ( around 2 1/4 pounds)
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  • To make the Mustard Paste:
  • 1 Tbsp. Black Mustard Seed (they should be soaked in lukewarm water)
  • 1 Tbsp. Yellow Mustard Seeds (they should be soaked in lukewarm water)
  • 3 small jalapeños, de-seeded
  • 1 Tbsp. combined ginger/garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
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  • Other:
  • 1 tsp. Nigella Seed aka Kalonji
  • Salt: to taste
  • 1 tsp. Turmeric powder
  • 6 jalapeño peppers, (slit lengthwise)
  • 1/2 tsp. Kashmiri Red Chili Powder
  • 3 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. Mustard Oil


  1. Prepare a thick paste of Mustard seeds in a food processor by adding all ingredients to a food processor.
  2. Add 1 Cup of water to this mixture and push through a strainer to remove the seed husks.
  3. Rub the fish pieces with ¼ Tsp. salt and ½ tsp. turmeric powder and set them aside.
  4. Heat 3 Tbsp. of Mustard oil in a deep pan until the oil changes color.
  5. Temper the hot oil with the Nigella Seeds, and when the seeds start to sputter, pour the mustard paste and remaining ingredients into the mixture and bring it to a boil over medium heat.
  6. Add fish pieces slowly to the mixture, turn down the heat to low and cook for at least 10 minutes – the pan should be covered with a lid during this stage.
  7. Uncover the pan and pour 1 tsp. of raw Mustard oil over the gravy and bring it to boil for 2-3 minutes. Once it reaches your desired consistency, take it off of the heat.
  8. Your ilish macher jhal is ready to serve with steamed rice.
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  • Category: Recipes


  • Calories: 135.32 kcal
  • Sugar: 1.47 g
  • Sodium: 110.14 mg
  • Fat: 13.03 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.46 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.4 g
  • Fiber: 1.72 g
  • Protein: 1.42 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg