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Ilish polau /Hilsha polau

Ilish polau /Hilsha polau

Our very own Ilish polau/ Hilsha polau

Ilish polau recipe has two parts . Cooking Ilish korma and combining it with polau .Ilish polau can be cooked in so many different ways based on different recipes of Ilish korma. MY mom used to cook it in at least three different ways. Some times she used to cook it in coconut milk , sometimes in regular milk and sometimes in yogurt. My version is the improvised version and it came out really great !!!!!!!!!! 😀

My version of Ilish polau:



Ilish Korma:

6/7 pieces of Hilsha

1/3 rd cup of Onion paste

1 tbl spoon of Ginger paste

Half table spoon of Ginger juice ( Ada’r rosh)

2 tbl spoon of Sweet yogurt ( mishti doi)

2 tbl spoon of plain yogurt

Half cup of Coconut milk ( you can substitute it for regular milk too , but coconut milk enhances the taste)

Salt to taste


Green chilies

Ingredients for Polau:

3 cups of ( 750 gram) Kalijeera or any other aromatic rice

Sliced Onion 1 medium

Ginger paste 1 and half teaspoon

Bayleaf , cardamom , cinnamon

Salt to taste

Handful of Green chilies



1. Wash the fish well . Beat sweet and plain yogurt together with 1/4 th cup of water so that no lump is there .

2. Heat oil and add the onion paste and ginger paste . Cook them well adding water little by little . Now add the beaten yogurt . Add the fish and salt . Add the ginger juice and cover the lid . When the gravy is reducing add the coconut milk / regular milk . When the gravy comes to desired consistency add some green chilies and keep it on low flame for five minute with the lid on until the oil separates.
Your Ilish korma is ready !!!!!


3. Separate the fishes from the gravy . The gravy will go directly into the polau . 😀

Now the polau part!!!

4. Heat ghee+oil . Add the sliced onion and whole garam masala ( bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamom). When the onions are little brown add the ginger paste, salt and rice . Fry them well . Add the gravy into it . Mix well .It would spread the flavor of Ilish in every grain of polau. Now add 4 and half cup of hot water into the rice ( for every cup of rice , take 1 and half cup of water). Cover the lid and cook it on medium flame.

5. When the water is drying out, add handful of green chilies and reduce the heat a little . When the water dried out and your pulao is ready arrange the fish pieces on the top of the polau , cover the lid and place it on very low flame , which we call to keep on “dom”.

6. Be careful while serving . Take out the fish from the top of the polau . Take a serving dish and arrange polau and fish layer by layer . Take some polau and add few pieces of fish, cover it with layer of polau and place remaining pieces of fish on the top of it . Garnish it with Fried onion/ Bereshta .


1. Never fry the fish for Ilish polau .. The taste will be reduced , if you do so.

3. Many put turmeric while cooking the fish !!!!!!!!! It’s a “NO NO” .. The korma for Ilish Polau should be real korma , without turmeric , chili powder .

4. Don’t put cumin in your korma . It may ruin the flavor of Ilish.


Moti Polau

Moti Polau…Are you tired of your regular plain polau ??? this fascinating polau with moti kabab can really make a great difference !!!!!!!!! 😀

Moti Polau


For Moti kabab:

1. Grounded beef 350 gram ( raw)
2. Ginger-garlic paste 1 teaspoon
3. Soy sauce 1 teaspoon.
3. 1 beaten egg.
4. Cornstarch : enough to be able to shape the kababs
5. salt to taste
6. chopped green chilies, cilantro, mint
7. A pinch of garam masala powder.

Cooking Method:

Combine all the ingredients together and make small ball out of them.Deep fry them on medium low heat and keep aside.

Polau Ingredients:

Aromatic rice like kalojeera/Basmati 2cups or 500 gram
Ginger paste 2 teaspoon
Chopped onion 1 large
Whole Garam Masala ( 4 /5 green cardamoms, 1 stick of Cinnamon, bayleaf, 2 small black cardamoms)
salt to taste
oil/ghee A little more than 1/4 th cup ( one-fourth cup)
Keora Water

Cooking Method:

1. Heat oil/ ghee . Add whole garam masala..Add Chopped onion and fry until light golden brown..Add the ginger paste and fry a little while.

2. Now add the rice, soaked and drained well.Fry a little while. Add salt.

3. Add hot water. If you take 2 Cups of rice add 3 cups of water.

3. Cover the lid and cook on medium low heat. Don’t Stir.

4. After 10/ 15 minutes the water of the polau will be almost dried out. Then add handful of green chilies. Cover the lid. and keep it on very low flame, i’e to keep it on “Dom” as we say in Bangla. For dom , I use double boiler mrthod , which works like magic . See the notes for this method !!
5. Sprinkle some keora water before serving.While serving decorate the polau with the moti kababs. Your Moti Polau is ready…

Cooking Tips:

1. For polau or something this sort, the ratio of rice and water should be 1 cup rice : 1 and Half cup water.So If you take 2 Cups of rice the water should be 3 cups.

2. Always cook the polau on medium low heat.

3. Don’t stir after adding water, that would make your polau gooey and sticky.

4. After the water is almost dried out you can just loose the ends of the polau with a light hand not breaking the rice.

5. For keeping it on dom, you can alwayz use double boiler or bain marie system.It works great for me. Put your Polau vessel over another same size vessel, filled with water. Place it on the stove..Your polau will get the steam and you will be surprised at the beautiful, moisture free texture of polau.

6. Many use garlic in the polau..ewwwwwwwwwwww…Don’t do this..Ginger is sufficient to enhance the aroma and flavor of the aromatic rice.

7. Traditional Polau recipe calls for ghee or clarified butter . But these dayz we are becoming more health conscious..So if you don’t want to compromise the taste yet want a healthy one follow the trick. I often Use only oil for my pulao, but after adding the water just put 1 or 2 teaspoon of ghee. That would make your polau taste like real traditional one..:)

Happy Cooking, enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!