Bengali Sorshe Ilish-Hilsa in Mustard Sauce Recipe

Bengali Sorshe Ilish-Steamed Hilsa in Mustard Sauce Recipe

Traditional Foods and Food Habits in Bangladesh

Every country has its own tradition of foods. Bangladesh has also the same. In the sense of food habits, Bangladesh is influenced by the regional variations of her history. Being an outpost of Mughal Empire once, Bangladesh retains its heritage. Bangladesh is famous for rice production which has been the chief occupation of its people. Rice therefore the main food of Bangladesh. The Bangladeshis eat rice, not just a small quantity but a lot. They eat rice every day and at every meal with great tasty and spicy curry of vegetables, fishes and meat.

Traditional Bangladeshi Foods Sorshe Ilish:

Sorshe Ilish is a Bengali dish made from hilsa or Tenualosa ilisha, a type of herring, cooked in mustard gravy. The dish is popular among the people in Bangladesh.Sorshe Ilish Bhapa(Steamed Hilsha in mustard sauce) is very popular dish in Bengali Cuisine. goes very well with steamed rice.Bengali Sorshe Ilish – Hilsa in mustard sauce it has some variation .

How to make Sorshe Ilish


  • 1 Ilish (Hilsha) fish, cut into steaks
  • 1 tablespoon mustard (or ground mustard paste)
  • 6 green chilis
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons oil, mustard oil preferred
  • Salt to taste


  • Rub some salt and turmeric on the fish steaks and set aside
  • If you use whole mustard seeds, ground them into a paste along with the green chili and a tablespoon of water
  • Heat the oil in a flat bottomed pan
  • Saute the onions until light brown
  • Add the mustard/chili paste and rest of the spices and striy fry 2-3 minutes
  • Add 1/2 cup of water, making sure you scrape any spices that are stuck to the bottom of the pan
  • Add the fish steak and cook covered over medium heat for about 10-minutes
  • Flip over the fish and cook covered another 5 minutes until excess water has evaporated
  • Check for salt and sprinkle additional salt if necessary

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