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Illish maach bengali style ( milk fish recipe)

Updated on December 30, 2016

Fish is an essential dish in every bengali household ( eastern India). This dish is a favorite dish at my household but I must admit that I have never been able to cook it properly, so I asked my mother in law for the instructions. Given below is the method of cooking some of the tastiest fish in the most simple and unique way. I enjoyed eating it but somehow didn't like the smell much. I am not a fish lover and cooking fish is a very difficult task for me as I can't bear the smell of raw fish. Thankfully I have amazing relatives and friends who cook it for me! My husband on the other hand is a fish lover but he knows what my condition is when I cook fish, trying not to faint with the smell!!! I am thankful for the people who cook fish for him!

Illish maach
Illish maach | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 4


  • 2 pounds Milk fish
  • 4 tsp Mustard powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 2 tsp Coconut powder
  • 2 tsp Poppy seeds powder ( optional)
  • As per taste Salt
  • 1/2 spoon Sugar
  • Depends on your spice level Chili / pepper
  • 2-3 tsp Mustard oil ( you can use any other vegetable oil)
  1. Mix all the ingredients excepting fish and oil
  2. Let the mixture stay for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Pour the mixture on the fish.
  4. Pour the mustard oil.
  5. Pour the mixture in a pan.
  6. Cover the pan and let it stay for 20-25 min. Make sure the flame is meduim.
  7. After 20-25 minutes, open the cover and check. Fish is usually cooked by this time.
  8. Serve hot with Indian bread or hot rice.

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Never heard of milk fish. At first, I thought it was adding milk to the recipe. Thank your for the education and for sharing.