Have you ever come across the term “Macher Raja” (King of Fish)? Well, if not, mention this term in front of a Bengali and you are most likely to watch them drooling. For the unversed, Hilsa or Ilish fish is locally called “Macher Raja” or “The King of Fish”. The melt-in-mouth texture, tempting flavour and appetizing aroma are the reasons behind the coveted title. Related to herring species of fish, Ilish Maach or Hilsa is one of the most sought-after fish in the Eastern parts of the Indian subcontinent and Bangladesh as well. Being one of the most expensive fish varieties in India, Ilish has moderately high fat and protein content. The flavour of Ilish can be attributed to the fats present in it that give it an oily and melt-in-mouth texture. Are you also a fish lover but haven’t tasted Ilish yet? Here are seven delicious dishes you can make with it.
A runny curry served with Bhaat, this dish is made with Ilish Maach, potatoes, eggplants and lentil dumplings. Serve it as lunch if you are craving comfort food and you’ll won't be disappointed.
An authentic Bengali dish, Ilish Bhapa is delicious and easy to make as well. A dish that can be made in just 20 minutes, Ilish Bhapa is packed with the flavours of mustard oil and mustard paste.
Fish and curd are some of the best food combos I have ever known. What’s more? This dish can be made in just 15 minutes with minimal effort.
Whip up a comforting and wholesome lunch with this Ilish Pulav recipe that is everything you want in an indulgent dish.
Ilish Maach wrapped and cooked in banana leaf, Ilish Macher Paturi zings with flavours of coconut and mustard.