top of page

Ilish Pulao / Hilsa fish Pulao

Ilish Pulao Recipe (Bengali Style Hilsa Fish polao) is an extremely fragrant and delicious polao with Ilish mach. You can follow this easy short recipe to cook your favorite ইলিশ পোলাও Ilish Pulao now :)


Frying Ilish / Hilsa fish

Ilish Maach 6 pcs

Plain Yogurt 1/2 cup

Fried Onions / Beresta 1/2 cup

Green chilli paste 1 tsp

Garlic paste 1 tsp

Ginger paste 1 tsp

Cumin powder 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste

Sugar 1/2 tsp

Cooking Pulao

Oil 4 tbsp

Rice 2 cup

Onion paste 1 tbsp

Onion sliced 1/2 cup

Cinnamon 2 pcs

Clove 4 pcs

Cardamom 4 pcs

Black peppercorns 10-12 pcs

Bay leaf 2 pcs

Ginger paste 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Hot water 4 cup

Ghee 1 tbsp

Green chilli 5 pcs


  • Wash and clean the rice, soak in water for 30 minutes. Drain water and set aside.

  • Clean and descale the fish pieces. Rinse the pieces, let it dry and left aside.


Cooking Ilish / Hilsa fish

  • In a large flat bowl, add plain yogurt, fried onions / beresta, ginger paste, garlic paste, green chilli paste, cumin powder, sugar and salt to taste.

  • Form a thick paste and coat the fish pieces evenly on all sides. Leave it aside to marinate for 5 minutes.

  • Fry the marinated fish pieces for 3-5 minutes over medium heat. Fry until each side is golden brown, while turning over the fish be careful to not break the fish pieces.

  • Remove form heat and set aside.

Cooking pulao

  • Heat oil in a large wok at medium high heat, add sliced onions and saute until translucent.

  • Add raw garam masala; cardamom, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, cloves and black pepper corn. Saute for couple minutes.

  • Add soaked rice, be sure to drain all water from rice before adding to the pan. Add onion paste and ginger paste. Stir continuously so the rice does not burn at the bottom. Fry the rice for approximately 5 minutes so it takes in all the flavor of the spices.

  • Add hot water, give everything another stir. When water starts to simmer, reduce heat to medium, closed with lid and cook until rice is half done.

  • Add fish pieces and all the gravy from the frying pan, add sliced green chilli on top. Close with lid add to dom for 15 minutes and low heat.



bottom of page