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Smoked Hilsa

Recipe by rabz of Dhaka, BD

Hilsa Fish is a very bony fish and has a strong taste to it but tis is a method that will melt the bones like sardine and make u enjoy it to it's fullest. U can try tis with any bony fish.

Ingredients non vegetarian 6 servings

    • 1 whole cleaned Hilsa( or 8-10 pieces cut into 2")
    • 1 cup yoghurt
    • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon & cardamom powder
    • 1 1/2 tsp salt or adjust to your taste.
    • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder (to give it a colour)
    • 1/4 cup vinegar
    • 1 fried onion (crushed)
    • 1 tsp ginger & garlic paste.
    • 2 tbsp tomato paste
    • 1 cup hot water.
    • A little coal


    1. Marinade the Hilsa inside out over night in the above ingredients.
    2. If u are making a whole Hilsa then take a large kadhai and put the hilsa with it's marination  and pour the water over it and cook over low heat (like dum) for 2 1/2 hours.
    3. If u are making it with pieces then put it  in the pressure cooker and then pour the water over it. Cook up to 4-5 whistles and remove from heat.
    4. When the Hisla has cooled down a little put the lit coal & drizzle it with a tbsp of oil and cover it with a tight lid for 20 min. 
    5. Allow the smoke to infuse in the Hilsa fish, then arrange it over a large dish and pour the left masala over it ,decorate and serve. 


    Sumana Zachariah

    Sumana Zachariah

    Yummy!!!! Yummy!!! I love this fish and am sure would love thish dish too!! Thanks Rabz:-)



    2 tbsp tomato paste is opt.

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