Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Kancha Ilisher Jhal (Hilsa Cooked In Thin Hot Red Curry)

Hilsa being the Queen of all fish, we Bongs try experimental permutations combinations with this fish in our kitchen depending on the availability of the ingredients and needless to say that each one competes with the other in taste, color, texture and aroma. In whichever way you cook this fish its bound to be a winner right away. One of those most popular and simplest of dishes is Kancha Ilisher Jhal (Hilsa Cooked In Thin Hot Red Curry). Again steamed rice is the best accompaniment one can ask for. The recipe follows.....

Kancha Ilisher Jhal

Kancha Ilisher Jhal

Kancha Ilisher Jhal

Kancha Ilisher Jhal



  • 500 gms Hilsa cut in pieces
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp deghi mirch powder
  • 3-4 slit green chillies
  • Salt N sugar to taste
  • Mustard oil as per requirement


Smear the fish pieces with turmeric and salt. In a small bowl make a paste of turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chilli, deghi mirch, salt and one pinch sugar with a little water and keep aside. Heat oil in a skillet and pour this mixture in the oil and stir for a few minutes, Now add the marinated fish pieces. The fish do not require frying. Add a cup of water and let the fish get cooked for 7-8 minutes. Now add slit green chillies and few drops of mustard oil...serve.

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