- Ilish (Hilsa fish) 6 pieces (washed and mixed with salt and turmeric powder)
- Yellow mustard seeds (3 tbsps)
- Poppy seeds (1 tbsp)
- Turmeric powder (1/2 tsp)
- Salt as per taste
- Green chillies as per taste
Make a paste of all the spices.Add the Hilsa fish pieces, turmeric powder and salt. Put the mixture in a tight tiffin box.Boil water in a boiler, place the tiffin box in the boiler and cover the boiler. Cook it in low flame for 15 mins. Bhapa Ilish is ready to be served with steamed rice.