Hilsa with tamarind and mustard

Recipe by
Total Time:
15-30 minutes
Serves: 4
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Cuisine: Indian Recipe
Difficulty: Hard

Take a look at more Drinks Recipe Recipes. You may also want to try undefined, undefined, undefined, undefined, undefined, undefined, undefined

Rate This Recipe


  • 8-10 pieces hilsa (about 1 kg.)
  • 1/2 tsp - turmeric paste
  • 1/2 tsp - chilli paste
  • 2 tbsp - mustard paste
  • 1/4 tbsp - mustard seeds
  • 4 tbsp - mustard oil
  • Lump of tamarind, the size of a golf ball, or 1 tbsp. tamarind
  • 1 tbsp - tamarind concentrate
  • 3 cups - water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2-1 tsp - sugar
  • 4-6 green chillies, slit

How to Make Hilsa with tamarind and mustard

  • In a bowl, add 1 cup water and the tamarind. Leave aside for 10 mins. and then crush slowly with a spoon to extract all the juice from the tamarind.
  • Throw away seeds and rind.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the turmeric, chilli and mustard pastes in 2 cups water.
  • Heat the oil in a karahi and when really hot, add mustard seeds.
  • Cook till seeds stop spluttering.
  • Add the pieces of hilsa very carefully.
  • Fry fish for a couple of minutes shaking the karahi so that fish does not stick to the bottom.
  • Through a sieve pour contents of the second bowl into the karahi and then the tamarind juice. Bring it to a boil.
  • Add salt, green chillies and sugar.
  • Simmer for 15 mins.
  • There should be plenty of light gravy in this dish.
  • Serve with plain boiled rice.