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Posted by on Jan 23, 2012 in Fish, Vegetables | 10 comments

Hilsa in leaves / Ilish Paturi

Hilsa in leaves / Ilish Paturi
By Rownak Jahan,
January 23, 2012
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 22 minutes
Yield: 6 Hilsa Steak Hilsa in leaves / Ilish Paturi is a unique fish item. You can steam the wrapped fish but I like to cook on pan. You can use even bottle gourd leaves. If you want to make from fresh mustard paste, make paste of 2 tablespoons mustard and chilli together.
• 6 Hilsa steaks• 12 bottle gourd leaves/ pumpkin leaves• ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder

• 1 large onion chopped

• 4 green chillies chopped

• 3 tablespoon mustard paste

• 1 tablespoon poppy seed paste(optional)

• 3 tablespoon oil

• Salt to taste

• 6 toothpicks













How to make:

1. Mix onion, chillies, turmeric, mustard, poppy seed, 1 tablespoon oil and salt together.

2. Clean the leaves and hilsa.

3. Add the paste mix to hilsa and warp with 2 pumpkin leaves each fish. Secure it with toothpick.

4. Heat the pan with rest of oil on medium and place the wrapped fishes.

5. Need to cook about 20 minute under closed lid and add 2 tablespoons water after every 5 minutes.

6. Don’t forget to flip them.

7. Serve hot Hilsa in pumpkin leaves / ilish paturi with rice.


You can steam it too.


Rownak loves to cook bangladeshi food and share her bengali recipes on her cooking blog. Rownak is determined to introduce all the authentic bangladeshi cuisine to the world and let everyone realise what they were missing out! She is based on sunny Queensland (Gold Coast) in Australia. Rownak writes for a number of bangladeshi cooking blog.

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  1. can you substitute other protein instead of fish?

    • I am very excited to see your interest in Bangladeshi food.I never try with other protein but may be you can use chicken breast strip. Thanks.

  2. Lovely recipe and pictures. Gotta try it 🙂

  3. Very nice variation from Kolapatta.
    Great !!
    Keep posting the good unique recipes

    • I never had kolapatta-y Ilish. If you get fresh Hilsa, Please try this one it really taste heavenly. Thanks.

  4. Hey I tried with chicken wings this preparation … not bad…
    well kolapata ii illish is the best… and this preparation with Koi machh………..
    nice recipes …. would like to see more of bangladeshee food………

  5. Wallah, after so many years I am reminded of my mother’s cooking. What greater compliment could I give to this recipe. Thanks Rownak, keep it up.

    • this is the best compliment anyone can give. I am so touched, thank you.

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