Doi Ilish Paturi

Monsoon in Kolkata means you get to smell the heavenly aroma of ilish (hilsha) in almost every house as you pass by them. It’s probably the favourite fish of every bong. A bangal swears by it, and if a ghoti denies the fact that ilish is his favourite fish, I’ll bet you he’s lying. For me, monsoon means less meat and more ilish for me. There are days when I have ilish for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Such is my love for this fish. A few days back I really wanted some paturi (fish cooked in banana leaf), but my mom told me to make something new. She really loves doi ilish (hilsha cooked in yoghurt), so I thought why not try something new, and it turned out to be pretty amazing. So here is the recipe of my Doi Ilish Paturi.


  • Ilish (Hilsha) – 4 pieces
  • 6 tbsps. of plain yoghurt
  • 1 and half tbsps. of ground mustard seeds
  • 1 and half tbsps. of ground poppy seeds
  • 2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 4 green chillies
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 banana leaves cut into eight inch squares
  • Cotton string
  • 3 tbsps. mustard oil


In a mixing bowl, beat the yoghurt nicely.

Add the mustard paste, poppy seed paste, turmeric powder, salt and 2 tbsps. of mustard oil and mix.

Add the fish and coat them gently with the mixture. Ilish is very delicate so it needs to be handled gently.

Marinade the fish for 15 mins in room temperature.

In the meantime, heat a pan to medium low and gently heat the banana leaves on both sides for a few seconds. This’ll help in folding and tying it up.

Now take a leaf, put a spoonful of the marinade in the middle, and place the fish over it. Add some more of the marinade on top and a green chilli.

Fold the leaf, tie with string and seal it to make a parcel. Repeat the steps for the rest of the fishes.

Heat 1 tbsp. of mustard oil in a frying pan and add the parcels when the oil smokes. Turn the heat to medium high and flip the parcels once after frying each side for 20 secs.

Now turn the heat to medium low and cover for 7-8 minutes.

Uncover and turn the heat off.

Cut the strings, open the parcels and serve with hot rice, preferably on a banana leaf with some more green chillies.

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