Bengali dish Fish recipe


An authentic Bengali dish cooked with fried head of Hilsa fish. As I always say, hilsa is not just a fish for Bengalis. It’s an emotion. From age old classic like Bhapa Ilish , Sorshe Ilish , Ilish Beguner Jhol to today’s fusion recipes- Ilish Biryani, Ilish Do Pyaza, Ilish has wowed his lovers with many different types of recipes.

Hilsa fish head is equally treasured for its flavour. From macher mathar Chorchori ( fish mishmash with spices and assorted veggies) to matha diye Ghonto (Curry cooked with fish head), recipes cooked with fish head are also head turner.

This MAACHER MATHA DIYE KOCHUR SHAAK is one of those heartwarming recipes that will not only drool you but will fill your heart too.

  • Cuisine – Bengali
  • Course – Main Course
  • Prep time -10 minutes
  • Cooking time -20 minutes
  • Author Tina


  • 2 Hilsha fish head
  • 200 Gm Kochu Shaak / Taro Root
  • 2 Tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Gur
  • 1 Tsp Cumin Seeds/ Jeera
  • Salt to taste
  • Mustard Oil


  1. Chop the Kochur Shaak into fine pieces. Scrap it’s skin. Wash it throughly under running water.
  2. Put it in pan. Add salt and 1 tsp Turmeric powder.
  3. Let it cook in medium flame for few minutes.
  4. Cover with a lid and toss in between.
  5. Now set it aside as the shaak softens.
  6. Now pour mustard oil in pan.
  7. Temper the oil with 1 tsp Cumin seeds/ Jeera.
  8. Add the Kochur Shaak.
  9. Toss them.
  10. Set it aside after this step.
  11. Now fry fish head pieces in the same oil.
  12. Break them into shreds.
  13. As fish heads softens,add the shaaak.
  14. Add salt to taste and gur.
  15. Start mixing.
  16. Cook till fish heads scrambles well and mixes with the shaak.
  17. Spread dollops of mustard oil and finish cooking.
Bengali dish Fish recipe


For Bengalis, Ilish maach is not just any fish but an emotion. From Sorshe posto diye Ilish Bhapa to Ilish Maacher Tel Jhol, Ilish Maach is our forever love. This recipe of Ilish Maach cooked with eggplant cubes and only minimal spices is the easiest recipe cooked with Ilish Maach. Also it can be cooked quickly. So if planning to surprise your family with a lip smacking Ilish recipe , nothing can beat this recipe.

Ilish Maach is preferred to be cooked in mustard oil. The pungent aroma adds more flavour to the curry. Also don’t wash Ilish Maach pieces too much,it reduces the signature smell of the fish.

If wished to cook Ilish for any elderly person or kids nothing can beat this soupy preparation of Ilish Maach which is easily digestible.


  • Cuisine – Bengali
  • Course- Main Course
  • Prep time -5-7 minutes
  • Cooking time -10 minutes
  • Author Tina


  • 10 pieces Ilish Maach/ Hilsa Fish
  • 1 Eggplant
  • 1 Tsp Nigella Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Mustard Oil to Cook
  • Green Chilli


  1. Coat the fish pieces with 1 tsp turmeric powder and 1 Tsp Salt.
  2. Put mustard oil in pan. Fry fish pieces. In one batch fry 4-5 fish pieces. In this way, fry all the fish pieces.

2. Set the fish pieces aside after frying.

3)Temper the same oil with 1 tsp Nigella Seeds. Cut the eggplant into cubes and put them in the oil.

4) Add 1 Tsp Salt and 1 Tsp Turmeric Powder. Toss everything and cook for few minutes.

5) Add water and green chilli.

6) As water starts boiling,add the fried fish pieces.

Let it cook for few minutes. As fish pieces get soaked in the curry,it’s ready to serve.

It tastes fabulous with Hot rice.

Fish recipe

Kalojire diye Ilish Maacher jhol

Rainy season means ilish , ilish and only ilish. Any bong can relate to this. After posting recipe of bhapa and sorshe Ilish, today I am sharing the easiest recipe of ilish maach.

Well key ingredients to make it are 🔷 Hilsha fish pieces 🔷 Nigella seeds- pinch 🔷 Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp 🔷 Green Chilli 🔷 Salt – tastewise

Now boil oil in kadai and fry fish pieces. Then set them aside and tamper the same oil with nigella seeds. Then add green chillies. Add water as much needed. As water starts boiling add turmeric powder and salt in the water. Add fried fish pieces in the jhol. Cook in low flame for a while.

Serve it hot with rice .

Fish recipe

Ilish Beguner Jhal

Hi guys 👋 have you ever tried ilisher jhol without frying ilish pieces. Well this recipe which I am sharing today was my Dida’s speciality which I have learned from her daughter 😉 alias my mom. It’s the easiest recipe ever also tough to cook. It’s the recipe cooked with minimal ingredients. Key ingredients to make this dish ♂️ Eggplant pieces ♂️ Ilish maach pieces. Let’s start the cooking. Boil oil in Kadai and fry eggplant pieces in the oil.

Toss them well and add pinch of salt and turmeric powder in it. Add water after a while.

Add fish pieces and cook in low flame for a while. As the fish gets cooked serve it hot with rice .

Fish recipe

Sorshe Ilish| Cook Hilsha in Mustard Paste

Bengalis love Ilish maach more than anything. Today’s recipe is a simple Ilish maach recipe where Ilish maach is cooked in mustard paste.

We bongs love Hilsha like crazy – be it ilish maach bhaja , ilish bhapa or simply ilisher jhol we lick up our plates like 😋😋😋😋

Here I am posting today my second Ilish post. Last time I cooked Ilish bhapa which is much loved Ilish preparation. Now today I am posting another Ilish preparation which is my Mom’s speciality. I tried my best to imitate her. Well I couldn’t match up with her but my version won heart of my Mom . So today I am sharing the recipe here.

Ingredients ▶️ Hilsha pieces ▶️ Turmeric powder▶️ Black cumin seeds▶️ Mustard paste- 4 spoons ▶️ Salt – tastewise ▶️ Mustard oil- As required ▶️ Green Chilli

First step involves washing the fish pieces and sprinkle turmeric powder and salt on it as shown above. Now boil oil in pan and fry them and set them aside.

Now tamper the oil with Cumin seeds. This is also known as Nigella.Now add mustard paste in it and saute it. Mustard paste preparation is the most important thing here. Now a days ready made mustard powder are available in the market. Buy one such packet and then mix it in lukewarm water and let it rest for 10-15 minutes. Add this mixture in the oil. Add green chillies and fried fish pieces in the gravy. Drizzle mustard oil on it and finish the cooking.

This goes best with rice .