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Cheesy Ilish Bhapa

Ilish or Hilsha is the most wanted fish in Bengal and during the rainy season I think every house has their own specialty beside the traditional Ilish dishes. Ilish Bhapa is an age old steamed preparation known to every Bong but I love to put a little twist it.This little twist make this dish more delectable. The best part of this recipe is that it's the most easy and quick to make dish but it taste awesomely delicious.

Preparation time    15 minutes
Cooking time  15 to 20 minutes
Serves  4

Ingredients :
4 steal size pieces ilish/ Hilsha/shad
½  tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp  whole mustard
1 tbsp  poppy seed
3 tbsp grated coconut
6  green chilly
 3 to 4 tbsp grated  cheese
2 tbsp mustard oil
a small pinch  garam masala
 a pinch  sugar
Salt to  taste

Methods of Cooking 
Take poppy seed, mustard seed, grated coconut, 2 green chilly and make a fine paste. Add the grated cheese , salt , sugar , turmeric powder, garam masala and mustard oil. Then again put into your blender. Blend and make a silky smooth fine creamy paste. Marinate the fish with this spice paste for 10 minutes with it add the whole green chilly. Now put the fish pieces in your steamer. Above each fish pieces place one whole green chilly.Steam for 10 to 15 minutes or till done. Serve with hot steamed rice.

Happy Cooking!


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