Salted Hilsha (Nona Ilish) - 400 gram
Ilish Nona √
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Ilish dry or Nona Ilish is very much famous in both the Bengal. Nona Ilish is salt treated Ilish or Hilsa in earthen pot or terracotta pot and comes into existence when Fresh Ilish is not available. But Nona Ilish gives the same taste as fresh Ilish or little tastier than the fresh one. The fisherman sun dries the Ilish and preserves them with Salt. The Fisherman makes layers of Ilish Fish and Salt one over another and places in earthen pot till its filled and then finally the top is filled with salt. The pot is placed below the earth for preservation process to complete.
The fish can be prepared by different types of masala including shorshe preparations. But be informed that Nona Ilish or Sun dried Ilish contains high amount of salt and needs washing in hot water and of course no additional salt to be used during the cooking. Soak the fish in l water and change of water is required every 2-3 hours. Repeat the process at least 2 times to get rid of extra salt which is very important.
NO ADDITIONAL SALT IN COOKING
There are few who soak the Nona Ilish in hot water and change water till the salt content is reduced. NO – salted Ilish does not smell like any other dry fish. It does not even smell like fermented. It is same as fresh Ilish and taste the same. Please do not treat Nona Ilish like dry fish of shutki fish and if you are you will be doing great injustice to Nona Ilish which again a Bengali or Bangal delicacy in both the Bengal.
There are several recipes available on-line which will help in preperation of famous and delicate fish. Plesae refer the following links OR google for best receipes.
- Nona Ilish recipe
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