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Kochur Shak with Ilish Head

Kochur Shak with Ilish Head
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November 28, 2011

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Yield: Serve: 4-5


Kochur shak/taro stem with illish head is an authentic Bengali dish. Kochur shak is rich source of iron. This is one of my favourite dishes, hope you guys will like too. In my tight schedule I do some easy steps to fulfil my food fantasy. I am telling that here because kochur shak is little bit time consuming dish.  First you need to boil the stems and then cook with spices. In my case I boil lots of stems together and fridge them in small container. When I want to cook it, just take out from fridge and cook it. In this way kochur shak can be handy to you. You can use prawn instead of ilish head. Even instead of desiccated coconut and coconut cream you can use 2 tablespoons coconut paste.


  • 1 kg kochur shak ( cut into 1’’)
  • 1 ilish head(cut into small pieces)
  • 1 medium sliced onion
  • 4 clove of sliced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ turmeric powder
  • 4 sliced green chillies
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • Salt to taste

How to make:

  1. Wash kochur shak before you cut it. Boil it till it becomes soft flaky with bay leaf and half garlic. Personally I use pressure cooker  for boiling(much easier, less time consuming and good result)
  2. Heat the pan with oil and add sliced onion. When onion become soft, add ilish pieces coated with turmeric and salt. Fry it about 3minutes.
  3. Add garlic, desiccated coconut, and coconut cream. Cook it till oil comes out and kochur shak.
  4. Cook it till the shak is nicely cooperating with fish and stir occasionally.
  5. Add the chillie and cook 2 more minutes.
  6. Add coriander leaves and turn off the heat.
  7. Serve kochur shak with rice.

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. khub bhalo hoiche.aktookhani jirar gura deo namaber ag a,,,,gondho r swad r aktoo bhalo hobe…

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