Ilish Pulao

Ilish Pulao


  • 500g basmati rice
  • 500g ilish (hilsa) fish, cut into pieces
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 3-4 green cardamom pods
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • 3-4 cloves
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup cashews


  1. Wash the rice and soak it in water for 30 minutes. Drain the water and keep the rice aside.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil and ghee in a large pan or pot. Add the onions and fry until they turn golden brown.
  3. Add the ginger and garlic paste and fry for another minute.
  4. Add the cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, and cloves. Fry for another minute.
  5. Add the ilish fish pieces and fry until they are lightly browned on both sides. Remove the fish pieces from the pan and keep them aside.
  6. Add the soaked rice to the pan and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Add the water and salt to taste. Mix well.
  8. Add the fried ilish fish pieces to the pan and mix well.
  9. Cover the pan with a lid and cook on low heat until the rice is cooked and the water has evaporated. This should take about 15-20 minutes.
  10. In a separate pan, fry the cashews and raisins until they turn golden brown.
  11. Once the rice is cooked, remove the pan from the heat and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  12. Garnish the Ilish Pulao with the fried cashews and raisins and serve hot.

Enjoy your delicious Ilish Pulao!

Updated: 21 April 2023 — 08:23

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