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Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Fish | 4 comments

Sorse Ilish (Traditional Way)

sorse ilish


Long ago I posted Sorse Ilish for Abroad Kitchen. So I feel that I should do traditional one. Hope you know that there are different types of mustard seeds. In Bangladesh brown and white mustard seeds are common. You can use any mustard seeds, though brown one will make strong taste with brownish texture gravy and white one will make yellow gravy with milder taste. I used white one here. You can use hot mustard paste instead of mustard seeds to make it handy. Fry the fish 1 minute both sides if it’s not fresh. If you overcook mustard seeds it turns bitter, that’s I added mustard paste in the end.


  • 6 ilish steaks
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seeds
  • 3 tablespoon  onion paste
  • 8-9 green chillies
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 tablespoon mustard oil


How to make:

  1. Make paste of mustard seeds and 5 green chillies.
  2. Clean, wash the fish and rub ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon turmeric.
  3. Heat oil with onion paste, turmeric and salt till oil is separated.
  4. Add 1 and ½ cups water and bring it into boiling point; add the fish and 3 whole chillies.
  5. Let it cook covered 5-6 minutes.
  6. Add mustard paste (add water if need) and cook it about 3 minutes.
  7. Check the salt and remove it from heat.
  8. Serve Sorse ilish with hot 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. Nice Recipe
    I am Akkas Alivery glad to have your recipe.

  2. Hey! Can I post your recipe on social media to advertise our country’s traditional food to the world? Please reply! So that I can continue with my project…

    • Hi!Good to know that you want to advertise our country’s traditional food to world. Please let me know how you want to do that. If you share my food photo with my website link then I dont have any problem. Hope you will understand that I have spent lots time and effort for all my posts. I am looking forward to hear from you. Thanks

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