Ilish or Hilsha is a national fish of Bangladesh. Ilish body is strongly compressed and moderately deep with dorsal and ventral profile equally convex. It is considered to be one of most favorite and delicious fish in the world. t is an oily fish and rich in essential omega 3 fatty acids. n Bangladesh this fish is prepared in varity of way like it can be smoked, fried, steamed, baked, prepared with mustard seed paste, curd, brinjal (eggplant). Some common hilsa menus are Fried hilsa, Khichuri-Ilish, Sorshe Ilish, Panta Ilish,Vapa Ilish etc.
It has cultural value in Bangali’s life. It is an obvious food in many cultural festival like Pahela Boishakh, Saraswati Puja.