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Ilish Bhapa Recipe | How to make steamed Hilsa at home easily

Hilsa fish is already very tasty so cooking recipes with Hilsa is very easy because the flavor and aroma of the fish multiply when it is fried in oil.

Many mouth-watering dishes can be cooked easily with very few ingredients.


One such dish is Bhapa Ilish, which is famous among the Bengalis.

Let’s see how to prepare Ilish Bhapa easily…

Ilish Bhapa Recipe (Bengali Style)

Madhushree Dutta
Recipe to make tasty Ilish Bhapa easily at home. Simple ingredients, instructions, and equipment to prepare Bengali-style Ilish Bhapa easily.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Course
Cuisine Bengali, Indian
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 Induction Cooktop
  • 1 Cooking Pan
  • 1 Steel Tiffin Box


  • 6 pieces hilsa fish
  • 3-4 tsp Mustard oil
  • 1 tsp white mustard
  • 2 tsp black mustard
  • 1 tsp Poppy seeds
  • 5-6 Green chilies
  • 150 grams Sour yogurt
  • Salt
  • Turmeric
  • Sugar


Prepare the fish

  • Wash the hilsa fish pieces lightly. (overwashing may remove the fishy smell)
  • Add salt and turmeric and keep it aside for 10 minutes.

Arrange fish in a steel tiffin box

  • Now in a mixing bowl grind white mustard, black mustard, poppy seeds, two green chilies, and a little salt into a fine paste.
  • Now whisk the sour curd well with little salt and sugar in a bowl.
  • After 10 minutes, place the fish in a big steel tiffin box.
  • Add the paste of the spices and whipped sour curd.
  • Add salt and sugar according to taste.
  • Now mix everything well with the fish and arrange the fish inside the bowl.
  • Now add 2 tsp raw mustard oil over the fish.
  • Chop and arrange 4 green chilies on top and keep it in the closed airtight tiffin box for 10 minutes.

Place steel tiffin box in boiling water

  • Now heat water in a pan and place a stand on which the tiffin box can be placed.
  • Keep the amount of water accordingly so that the box is half submerged in water.
  • When the water boils, place the closed box on the stand and close the lid of the pan.
  • Reduce the heat and let the fish steam for 15 minutes in the boiling water.

Serve Ilish Bhapa

  • Open the lid of the box and see the mouth-watering smell and unique taste of hilsa bhapa or bhapa ilish are ready.
Keyword Bengali Recipe, Fish Recipes, Non Veg Recipes


Enjoy the steamed Hilsa served with hot rice.

Nothing can beat Bengalis preparing different recipes of fish.

It’s interesting to note that bongs can prepare dozens of recipes with fish and especially when it comes to the “Queen of fishes”, Hilsa or Ilish, Ilish Bhapa is the easiest recipe of all.

And once you have it, you will forever remember the unforgettable taste of this recipe.

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