Doi Illish is also a popular fish delicacy in Bengal. It is made with yogurt, hence is whitish in appearance and is an a enjoyable treat in hot summer afternoons. It is not very spicy and has a sour taste.
Hilsa fish pieces, turmeric powder, salt , sugar, yogurt, red chili powder, cumin paste, onion and garlic paste
i) Rub salt and turmeric over the fish pieces and keep aside.
ii) Heat oil in a kadai or pan and fry the fish pieces, take them out and keep aside when done.
iii) Mix salt, turmeric and red chili powder, cumin paste, onion and garlic paste in a separate bowl to form a smooth paste.
iv) In the same oil fry chopped onions till they turn golden brown. Add the mixture of spices and add a little water. Stir and cook, let the water evaporate till the mixture acquires a thick consistency and the oil floats on top. Add yogurt and a cup of water and stir well.
v) Add the fish pieces one by one, add a little sugar and mix well. Cover the kadai/ pan with a lid Let it cook on low flame for a few minutes. Turn over the fish pieces so that the gravy mixes well, heat is absorbed and the fish pieces are boiled thoroughly. Serve hot with plain rice.