Ilish Polau = Hilsa Pilaf Bangladeshi Food
Prep Time:
15 Minutes
Cook Time:
15 Minutes
Ready In:
15 Minutes

6-8 ilish (hilsa) pieces
1/2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp ginger paste
1 tbsp lemon juice
3 tsp sea salt
2 cups Basmati rice
1 large bay leaf
4 cloves
4 cardamoms
1 tsp kalojieera (nigella)
3 tbsp ghee
¼ cup cooking oil
3 dried red chillies
3 green chillies

Marinade the fish with 1 tsp ginger, 1 tsp salt, and all the turmeric and lemon juice for 30 minutes
Meanwhile cook the rice and let cool for 30 minutes
In a large pan, heat the cooking oil and lightly sauté the fish steaks and set aside
In the same oil add the chillies, cardamom, clove, bay leaf and stir fry over medium heat for 5 minutes
Add the previously cooked rice to the pan and stir fry until the rice coated with the spices.
Turn off the heat and remove the rice from the pan.
Coat the bottom of the pan with 1/3 of the remaining ghee and add ½ the fish in a flat layer.
Layer ½ the cooked rice over the fish, and drizzle ½ of the remaining ghee and ½ of the remaining salt on top of the rice.
Repeat with the process with the remaining fish, rice and spices.
Pour ½ cup of water over the rice.
Cover tightly and simmer over low heat for 15 – 20 minutes.


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