• This easy steamed fish recipe was a hit when I served it to my husband for dinner. He was bored of the regular Assamese style fish curry and was looking for a healthier option. Try out this recipe, I’m sure you will love it! 

Preparation Time : 30 minutes 

Serves : 4-6 persons 

Ingredients : 

Hilsa / King / Surmai fish: 6 pieces *You can use any big fish for this recipe

Poppy seeds / Aphu Guti / khuskhus : 3 tablespoons

Whole peppercorn / Jaluk / Kali mirch : 7-8 corns

Green chillies: 3, slited 

Turmeric / Haldi powder : 1/4 teaspoon 

Salt as per taste 

Water as required 

Mustard oil : 3 tablespoons 

Method : Wash and clean the fish pieces. Marinate with salt and turmeric powder and keep aside. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a non stick pan or kadhai and sear the fish pieces for 1 minute on each side. 

Soak the poppy seeds in water for about 15-20 minutes. Make a fine paste of the poppy seeds and pepper corns using a mortar and pestle or wet grinder.

Now take the paste in a bowl and add salt to taste. Add the fish pieces and the leftover oil. Mix well. Add a little water if required so that the fish pieces are coated nicely with the paste. Add in the slited green chillies.

Now make parcels using banana leaf or aluminium foil and wrap the fish pieces along with the paste. Seal the parcels properly so that it does not leak while steaming. 

Steam cook till the fish are tender for 10 minutes on medium flame using a Idli or momo steamer.

Open the parcels just before serving and drizzle remaining mustard oil to garnish. Serve hot with steamed Rice.