Trust a Bengali to know his fish.Bengali fish curry also known as maccher jhol.A staple main course.Everyone has that one favorite.Be it 'Rohu' or 'Katla','Ilish' or 'shutki','Koi' or 'pabda'.Ilish or Hilsa is a delicacy which sings to every Bong.Fish curry rice is a typical Sunday lunch.
Some like it fried or in gravy.Others grilled or baked.
Make a sweet sauce or cook it with yogurt and vegetables.
It also has a distinct taste.
One needs to adapt to it if you are a non-Bengali.
Importance of fish in Bengali culture
Fish is a important part of wedding rituals.It depicts fertility.Groom touches and sends fresh fish to the bride's home prior to the wedding.In many families,widows are forbidden to eat Ilish.
Sad but true!
There are two types of fishes.Salt water and fresh water fish.Ganges is the lifeline of Bengal.
Connoisseurs love their fish in a particular way. It is said you can cook Ilish in 108 ways.It ain't just one element, it is a world of culinary encyclopedia one discovers.
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