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Ilish Bhapa Recipe

Article By: Prabhati

Ilish Bhapa is a traditional Bengali delicacy renowned for its simplicity and exquisite flavors. Originating from the Bengal region of the Indian subcontinent, this dish centers around the prized ilish or hilsa fish, celebrated for its tender flesh and distinctive taste. Check out the easy recipe.


  1. Hilsa fish – 4-6 pieces
  2. Mustard paste – 3 tbsp
  3. Coconut batter – 2 tbsp
  4. Poppy batter – 1 tbsp
  5. Raw Chillies – 4-5 (finely chopped)
  6. Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  7. Salt – like quantity
  8. Mustard oil – 3 tbsp
  9. Banana leaves – After marinating the fish, wrap them in banana leaves


  1. First make a paste by mixing mustard, coconut, poppy seeds and green chillies together. Then mix turmeric powder and salt into the paste. Prepare the masala like this.
  2. Rub the hilsa fish pieces well with this spice mixture and marinate the fish.
  3. Then lightly roast the banana leaves on low flame so that the banana leaves become soft and easy to fold.
  4. Wrap each fish piece separately in banana leaf. After wrapping tie it well with thread.
  5. Then steam the fish packets in a steamer or a large pot with little water. You will see that the mouth of the pot is well closed so that steam does not enter inside, if steam enters inside, the fish will not be steamed well.
  6. Fixed steaming time is between 15-20 minutes. Steam on medium heat. After steaming, serve the fish with hot rice.


In this recipe, the combination of hilsa fish with mustard and coconut gives a unique taste. This recipe is not limited to Bengalis only…its value is double for those who love fish. This recipe can be cooked in very little time. It is a very favorite dish among Bengalis and fish lovers.

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