Bhapa Ilish is a famous recipe in eastern India! This is a classic Bengali recipe, Ilish Bhapa Jeere Bata Diye (Steamed Ilish with cumin paste) is not common in many Bengali houses as Shorshe Bata Diye Bhapa Ilish.
Course: Main Course
Keyword: bengali fish recipe, Ilish Bhapa, Ilish bhapa jeera bata diye, Ilish bhape, ilish recipe, steamed ilish
Author: Shyamali Sinha
5Hilsa pieces60 gm piece
1½tbspCumin seeds~ 15 gm or 2 tbsp Cumin powder
Salt to taste
First, In a bowl, add cumin seed, salt and warm water.
Give a stir to dilute salt, then soak the cumin seed at least for 30 minutes.
Next, transfer soaked cumin seed in a grinder jar.
Add 2-3 green chillies, put the lid on and grind them to make a smooth paste!
Next take a metal tiffin box with a tight lid, like me, if you don’t have metal tiffin box then use a cake pan, and transfer the cumin, green chilli paste, add in turmeric powder, salt and mustard oil.
I like to add a little bit of sugar to balance the taste! You can skip the step if you enjoy the pungent flavour.
Stir the spice mix; then I will add the fish pieces. Make sure the spices well coated on both sides.
Add about a 1/4 cup of water; you can add less water if you enjoy almost dry curry!
Add a couple of slit green chillies.
Cover the pan with foil; I like to wrap the pan twice to secure that the steam cannot escape!
Let the fish marinate for 10- 15 minutes, then start steaming.
Next, take a full cooking pot with a lid.
Pour boiling water.
Place the pan, cover with the lid.
Over high heat cook for 5-6 minutes, you will see steam on the lid, then reduce heat to medium-low, cook for 15 minutes.