Hilsa pulav


  • 7-8 pieces of hilsa fish
  • 2 1/2 cups pulav rice preferably gobindo bhog rice or which is famous in hindi as “amba meher” or look for any short grain flavored rice or basmati
  • 1/2 cup ghee
  • 7-8 tbs of mustard oil
  • 7-8 slit green chillies
  • 2 tbs mustard paste
  • 1/2 cup of whisked yoghurt
  • 1tbs of turmeric
  • 7-8 strands of saffron soaked in milk
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbs of whole garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tbs sugar


  • Soak the rice for at least 30 minutes and drain it
  • In a pan add mustard oil and add mustard paste,yoghurt,salt,turmeric,salt and stir properly
  • Add the raw fish into it with bit of water
  • Lid it on
  • See when oil seperates
  • Turn off the heat
  • In another pan add 3 tbs of ghee
  • Add bay leaves,whole garam masala and brown it
  • Add the rice fry it with light hand with salt and sugar
  • Add 5 cups of water
  • Simmer it for 20 minutes
  • When parboiled layer the fish and rice and pour some more ghee from side,top it up with slit green chillies
  • Lid on and cook it in a low flame for more 10 minutes 
  • Serve hot

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