Cuisine : Bengali Food. Special Items on Illish (Hilsa).
Menu in Illish Festival [Our Recommendation]
Steamed Boneless Hilsa with Mango Pickle
Kumro Patar Aam Acharer Illish
Borishali Illish Vaja
Pan Fried Hilsa
Boneless Hilsa Fillet
Hilsa Broth [Illisher Jhol]
Lonka Bhapa Illish
Til Lonkar Illish
Dhone Rosuner Illish
Pickled Steamed Hilsa [Served with seasoned rice in clay pot]
Every year around this time Oh! Calcutta hosts Hilsa festival keeping in mind Bengali’s affection for Illish Mach. In Kolkata a cold war between Ghoti and Bangal is well known from the football ground to kitchen everywhere they try to take over another. But Illish of Bangal has always got top rank in Bengali Cuisine over Chingri of Ghotis. Both of them are serving Bengalis taste buds for centuries but somewhere Illish starts the race a few feet ahead of Chingri.
Oh! Calcutta has arranged this festival with variety of items made with Illish among them Smoked Hilsa, Grilled Hilsa, Fried Hilsa and also very Common Hilsa Broth will get major attention. This festival is till 15th August. The availability and quality of Illish has been deteriorated for past few years. So the price of the items are a bit high though. But according to their chief chef they don’t want to compromise on quality.