Assamese Cuisine is incomplete without this delicacy. 'Bhapot Diya' means to cook in steam, 'Iilis Maas' is Hilsa fish.
Steamed Hilsa is very easy to cook yet divinely delicious.
6 or 7pieces of Iilis Maas, washed and pat dried.
1/2 Onion, ground to a smooth paste.
5or 6 pods of Garlic, ground to a smooth paste.
3or 4 Green Chilly, slit length wise.
1 and 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder.
2 tsp level salt.
Smear the pieces of Iilis well with the batter of all the mixed ingredients.
Steam the Iilis in a steamer.
Bhapot Diya Iilis is ready to be served with a steaming hot plate of Joha rice ( a small grained rice with a lingering aroma, a favorite of the Assamese).