Sunday, January 18, 2009

Microwave Mustard Hilsa Fish

The Hilsa fish is a favourite among most Bengalis. Hilsa can be smoked or fried or steamed or baked in banana leaves or made with mustard seed paste. This was made by my dad and all the pictures were also taken by him. He knew I wanted to put it on my blog. It is very simple to make. Another way to make this would be to just apply turmeric powder and salt to the fish and fry them in mustard oil. The fish used here was not very big. The bigger the fish the tastier it is. Ingredients:
Hilsa Fish: 900 gms
Mustard oil: 2tbsp
Turmeric powder: 1tbsp or less
Green chilli (Slit): 2
Salt: to taste

1) Clean and cut the fish. Make slits on them so that the marinate can enter the pieces.

2) Make the marinade, by mixing the mustard oil, turmeric powder, salt and green chill.

3) Apply the marinade to the fish pieces and leave it for around 20 to 30 minutes.

4) Put the fish in a microwaveable dish and put it in the microwave for around 9 minutes. If the fish is bigger, then it will take more time to cook.

5) Cooking in the microwave. Once done, serve hot with rice.


  1. Thank god your Post a comment is working.. I left a msg in your other blog also some days back... What happened to you? After a long time. Last time also i tries to leave acomment but it was not working then i left a message in blog catalog... Anyways comming to the recipe....looks yummy and tempting.

  2. Wow! Hilsa! Lucky you! :-)
    Where did you disappear to? Comments was disabled too. Hope everything is fine.

  3. Thanks for the comments girls. Don't know what is wrong with the blog and the comment section. Checked, but could not figure it out. Please try leaving more comments to check.
    Thanks again.

  4. Trying again .. I think it is working now. You must have disabled your 'allow comments' by mistake Sanhita. Click on settings and set them. But I think it is working now ... as the comment window has appeared. Why don't you leave your email id on your blog?

  5. Sanhita I would say you are so lucky to get Hilsa at this time of the year. Here in Bangalore I have never seen a hilsa anywhere. I feel so sorry for this.
    Last year when I went to Kolkata I cooked it in almost the same way, check my recipe too:

  6. I would recommend baking the fish instead of microwaving, or simply frying them in a deep skillet with finely chopped onions after they've caramelized.