ILISH Macher SorisaBata (Hilsa in Mustard Sauce) Easy Recipe

In West Bengal and Bangladesh, ILISH aka Hilsa is often termed as the “QUEEN” of Fishes. The unique taste make it superior of all the Fishes. It mostly available from June to September every year. It is said if a Bengali gets ILISH in Lunch he don’t need anything else.

Cuisine : Indian Main Course (Bengali Cuisine)

Serves : 4pax


  • ILISH 1kg

  • Mustard Powder 100gms

  • Jeera Whole 1tsp

  • Dhaniya Powder 1tbsp

  • Green Chilly 4-5 pcs

  • Mustard Oil or Vegetable Oil for Frying

  • Salt to Taste

  • Haldi/Turmeric to Taste


  1. Cut the Fish into roundals and then marinate it with Salt and Turmeric
  2. Heat the Mustard oil in a pan and then fry the Hilsa till golden brown
  3. Soak the mustard powder with whole Jeera, Dhaniya powder
  4. Blend the soaked mixture in the blender adding the green chillies into it
  5. Take a thick bottom pan and add some oil into it, add onion seeds (Kala Jeera) into it, then add 2-3 whole green chillies
  6. As it get cooked add the paste you prepared in step 4, cook it start leaving oil on the sides
  7. Add the fried ILISH into it and cook on low flame for 10min
  8. Serve hot with Steamed Rice




Note: If you want to make it spicy add more green chillies

ILISH Marinated with Salt and Turmeric

Frying fish in Mustard Oil

Fried Fish Ready to serve

Fish getting cooked in Mustard Sauce In a thick bottom pan


Crispy Fish ,

Crispy Fish in Hot Garlic Sauce

Crispy Fish:

Cuisine: Chinese Starter
Serves: 2pax


  • Fish boneless sole or basa 250gms
  • Maida 100gms
  • Corn flour 50-60gms
  • Baking powder 1tsp
  • Garlic chopped 2tbsp
  • Chilly paste 2tbsp
  • Tomato Ketchup 2tbsp
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Spring onion for garnish
  • Lemon 1pc
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste


  1. Marinate the sliced fish with lemon, salt and pepper
  2. Then make a batter with Maida and baking powder. Make it thick not thin
  3. Dip the marinated fish and deep fry till golden brown
  4. Take a wok or pan, add oil, chopped garlic, chilly paste, tomato sauce, salt, pepper and little water
  5. Boil it and make it thick adding corn flour
  6. Pour it on the fish and serve hot with garnish of spring onion

NOTE: This can be done with crispy Fried paneer too, will be named as Paneer in Hot Garlic Sauce