How To Cook Hilsa Fish Curry Or Ilish Machher Tel Jhol At Home ?

How To Prepare Hilsa Fish Curry At Home

People love good and tasty foods and when it comes to fish recipes things get more amazing. One of the best fish curry recipes is the hilsa fish curry also called Ilish macher tel jhol in Bengali. It is one of the best Bengali non-veg dishes which many people irrespective of any region in India love to try once at least. 

We all are well aware of the fact that hilsa contains some essential fatty acids which help in developing a healthy brain and nervous system. 

Ilish Machher Tel Jhol
Ilish Macher Tel Jhol

If you are thinking of preparing a new food item at home then hilsa fish curry will the best one to try. You might be wondering about how to cook hilsa fish curry at home. 

The preparation doesn’t take much effort rather it is one of the easiest items which anyone can prepare with little guidance.

Here is the complete process of how to prepare hilsa fish curry at home:

Hilsa Fish Curry Or Ilish Macher Tel-Jhol

Preparation Time - 10 minutes

Cooking Time - 20 minutes


  • Ilish Mach:-  6pieces  

  • Mustard seeds:-   2 tsp

  • Poppy seeds:-   1tsp

  • Green  chilies:-   3to 4slit

  • Cumin powder:-   1tsp

  • Turmeric powder:-    2tsp

  • Kashmiri Red Chilli powder:-    ½ tsp

  • Nigella seeds/ Kalo jeera:-   ½ tsp

  • Mustard oil:-   ½ cup

  • Salt:-    As per taste

 Complete Method To Prepare Hilsa Fish Curry

  • ·  Marinate the fish with turmeric powder and salt, and keep aside.
  • ·  Now take black and yellow mustard seeds, 1tsp poppy seeds, add some salt, 3-4 green chillis and add 4tsp water and grind to make a smooth paste.
  • ·  Now also make a paste of turmeric, red chili powder, cumin powder, salt and water.
  • ·  Heat oil in a  pan, add Kalo jeera/nigella seeds.  Once they stop spluttering, add the turmeric, cumin, chili powder paste. Fry a little, lower the heat.
  • ·  Now add some water then add muster and poppy seeds paste, and let it simmer for 5 minutes on medium heat.
  • ·  After 5 minutes add the marinated fish and cook for another 7- 8 minutes on low heat.
  • ·  Lastly, add some mustard oil from sides of the gravy. Give it boil for 4-5 minutes then turn off the flame.
  • ·  Ilish macher tel-jhol is ready to serve. Serve with steamed rice.

Hilsa Fish Curry
Hilsa Fish Curry

Please follow the above steps properly and prepare hilsa fish curry in Bengali style at home and win the hearts of many in your family. Try it at home or any special occasion and experience the taste you had never before. A delicious item like this will make your day extra special.

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