Ilish /Hilsa or say Shad is our religion when it comes to food. Our Community is a fish loving one, Ilish and Prawns featuring at the top. As of me, I perhaps can have Ilish everyday, at every meal. Though its skyrocketing price does not allow us to do so. However, we fail to resist ourselves when we see this silvery beauty in the market. It is recommended that we buy ilish weighing more than a kilogram to get the best taste. Back home, they say it has really become a pinch in the pocket to get a good quality, big one. So what was a weekend pleasure during monsoon has become an occasional one these days for us.
This fried Hilsa or Ilish Bhaja we love to the hilt. If it is a good quality fish, it releases its own oil. It is with this oil we love to have piping hot steamed rice accompanied by a green chilli and the fried ilish or Ilish Baja. On my husband's side of the family, if it is Ilish, the lunch will be a two-course one with Ilish Mach Bhaja and it's curry and nothing else they would prefer. Let us prepare this super simple and quick Ilish Bhaja and enjoy with steamed rice.
Ilish Pieces : 4
Salt : As Required
Turmeric : 1/2tsp
Mustard Oil : 1tbsp[the fish itself releases oil]
Clean and wash the fish pieces very well. Apply salt and turmeric and keep aside for 10 minutes.
Heat oil in a wok. Add 2 fish pieces at a time. Fry at low heat each side 4-5 minutes. They need to be crispy fried.
Reserve the oil to have with piping hot steamed rice, with a green chilli, a dash of salt and a crispy fried hilsa piece.