Indian Fish Curry ( Hilsa Curry)

This weekend I was craving Bengali Food, so I decided not to be lazy and go to this shop in Longsight in Manchester to buy some fresh water fish. I landed up buying a couple of varieties and one of them being my favorite one, Hilsa or Ilish in Bengali. I bought a whole fish and got the man at the shop to cut it into stakes for me.

You can make this fish in several ways and it tastes good because the fish itself is very tasty. I decided to make a mustardy curry.


1/4 Tbs Turmeric
1/4 Tbs Salt
2 Tbs Yogurt
1 Tbs Mustard (English mustard or any variety)
3 Green chillies
1/4 cup coconut milk or Coconut creme ( 2 Tbs)
Handful of chopped corriander
2 Tbs Mustard Oil/ Sunflower Oil
4 Stakes of Hilsa

  • Marinate the fish with salt, turmeric and yogurt
  • Heat the oil in a pan
  • Add the mustad in the oil 
  • Gently slip the fish in the pan and turn in around so that the yogurt and the mustard mixes and creates a smooth gravy.
  • Then Cover the pan and let the fish cook in the steam for 5-7 mins
  • Then add the fresh green chillies and coconut milk and mix it well.
  • Finally add the fresh corriander.
Serving Instruction:

Serve it hot with boiled rice. 
P.S The fish is really soft so make sure when you flip it, you do that carefully and the fish doesnt break!
Hope you enjoy cooking and eating this!! 🙂 

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