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Sorse Ilish Bhapa

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  • Prep Time
    15 minutes
  • Cook Time
    15 minutes
  • Serving
    4 People
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Sorse Ilish Bhapa – A famous Bengali style recipe for fish lovers. Bengalees are very much fond of fish, especially Ilish fish and Chingri fish (Prawn/Shrimps).

In the rainy season, you can not find any Bengali without Ilish preparation in their house. In fact, several Ilish Festivals are conducted in West Bengal in this season.

Our Journey for Ilish Fish

Kolaghat is one of the famous places where quality Ilish fish are available. Ilish from the Padma river of Bangladesh is also available here at wholesale price. I with my friends used to take a car and go out in the early morning to get Ilish fish from Kolaghat. Those were lovely days.

About the Ilish Fish

The Ilish fish is also known as Hilsa fish. It is a fish in the Clupeidae family that is related to herring. In the Indian Subcontinent, it is a very popular and sought-after food fish. Bangladesh’s national fish is the Ilish.

Ilish is high in good-quality fatty acids and Omega-3, which protect individuals from coronary heart disease. The body length can exceed 60 cm, however, most specimens are between 35 and 40 cm. A huge Ilish fish weighs approximately 2.5 kilogrammes. A big female can lay up to 2 million eggs in her lifetime.

Various preparation of Ilish Fish

There is a variety of preparation by using Ilish fish. Most popular are Sorse Ilish, Ilish Bhapa, Sorse Ilish Bhapa, Ilish Mach Bhaja, Ilish Paturi, Ilish Biriyani, Tel Ilish, Ilish Fish Curry with Brinjal, Ilish Fish Curry with Potato, Mango Ilish, Ilsher Tok.

Nutritional Value of main ingredients of Sorse Ilish Bhapa

Ingredients (100 gm) Calorie Protein Carbohydrates Fat
Ilish Fish 310 24.70 gm 3.29 gm 22 gm
Mustard Oil 884 0 0 12 gm
Green Chilli 40 1.9 gm 9 gm 0.4 gm

Health Benefits of main ingredients of Sorse Ilish Bhapa

Ilish Fish – It is protein-rich, bone-strengthening, omega-3-rich, heart-healthy fatty acid, protects coronary heart disease, delivers vitamin A and vitamin D to the body, and is good for skin health.

Mustard Oil –  In Indian cooking, there are some items that can never be replaced. Mustard oil is a reddish-brown oil extracted from mustard seeds (black, brown, and white). Improves heart health, removes cracked heels, protects from infection, helps in blood circular, good for the skin.

Green Chilli – In Indian cookery, chilies are one of the most commonly used spices. There are many distinct sorts of chilies, each with its own colour. Chiiliies are incredibly useful for our health. It is a healthy diet, improves skin regime, lowers the body temperature, reduces stress, is a rich source of iron and antioxidants controls blood sugar levels, improves our immunity system.

Tips for Sorse Ilish Bhapa

⇔ Use mustard oil for this recipe. Mustard oil is required for some special preparations for its strong smell.

⇔ Green chillies add a spicey flavour.

⇔ Ilish fish is soft. So do not use enough water to wash it.

⇔ The softer the chilli becomes, the more water you soak it in. The paste will also be smooth.

⇔ Do not forget to pour mustard oil over the fish before the microwave. It strengthens the flavour and smell.

Alternate Method of preparation

This preparation can be made by not using the micro-oven. Use a steel tiffin box with a lid. Keep all fish and paste in the tiffin box in the same way. Keep the tiffin box in a half-water filled Kadai and boil for 15 minutes

People like fish also like Chilli Garlic Fish,  Prawn Malai Curry

Equipment Used

For Cooking – LG 32 L Convection Microwave OvenPhilips HL7756/00 Mixer Grinder, Microwave Oven Replacement Turntable/Rotating/Baking Glass Tray/Plate with Flat Bottom.

For Ingredients – Dabur Cold Pressed Mustard Oil.



Per serving

  • Daily Value*
  • Calorie
  • Protein
    17.1 gm
  • Carbohydrates
    8.1 gm
  • Fat
    38.4 gm


For the rainy season, Sorse Ilish Bhapa is perfectly suitable. This dish can be prepared in either a micro-oven or a Kadai. In both cases, the procedure is the same. Fish is a favourite food of Bengalees. Very simple to prepare and does not necessitate a large number of components.

Step 1

Cut the fish according to your requirement. Wash the fish thoroughly. Do not use so much water to clean the fish. Keep the fish aside.

Step 2

Soak black mustard and 2 green chillies in a bowl with one cup of water for 10 minutes.

Step 3

Take a mixer jar and put the soaked black mustard and green chillies. Make a smooth paste out of it.

Step 4

Using a sieve, sift the paste. Make sure that there are no black crumbs in mustard.

Step 5

Add turmeric powder, salt, Kashmiri red chilli powder and 1/4th cup of water in the paste and mix well.

Step 6

Take a micro-oven cooking glass plate. Pour 2 tbsp mustard oil and evenly spread it on the plate.

Step 7

Put all fish pieces on the plate. Pour the black mustard paste evenly over the fish.

Step 8

Turn the fish and mix well the paste.

Step 9

Slice the remaining green chillies lightly. And put over the fish.

Step 10

Pour remaining mustard oil on the fish.

Step 11

Microwave for 15 minutes. In between, turn the fish by using a ladle.

Step 12

Remove the plate from the microwave.

Step 13

Sorse Ilish Bhapa is ready to serve. Serve it with hot steamed rice.


Sorse Ilish Bhapa is a famous and delicious dish. Its smell is awesome. If you try at home you cannot control yourself to have it immediately. Cooking is a passion. Do not panic to cook anything. You can do all preparation if you love it. So, please try at home and share your experience.

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