Tilottama Rui (Rohu Cooked with Sesame Seed Paste)

Today I’m sharing a traditional Bengali fish preparation ‘Tilottama Rui’ (Rohu fish with sesame seeds). This classic Bong dish acquires its name from the word ‘Til’ which is the Bengali name for sesame. White sesame seeds paste is the main ingredient in the dish along with yellow mustard paste which gives this dish the most unique flavor. Many years ago I read this recipe in a Bengali magazine but forgot the recipe. Some days back I saw this recipe in television. Since then I was thinking of cooking this fish recipe. Yesterday bought some white sesame seeds from grocery store and made this wonderful dish for our lunch. This dish should ideally be paired with a plate of hot steamed rice for a perfect lunch. Here’s the recipe….

  • Servings: 8-number
  • Difficulty: medium
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  • Cuisine: bengali
  • Passive Time: 15 mins
  • Course: main course
  • Preparation Time: 15 mins
  • Cooking Time: 20 mins


8 Rui/Rohu Fish – pieces
¼ tsp Nigella Seeds
3 Tbsps White Sesame Seeds
1 Tbsp Yellow Mustard Seeds
6 – 7 Green Chillies
1 tsp Garlic Paste
1 tsp Ginger Paste
1 tsp Turmeric Powder
¼ cup Milk
1 tsp Sugar
To taste Salt
2 tsps Mustard Oil – For frying fish +


  1. Soak mustard seeds with 4 green chillies and some salt and make a smooth paste.
  2. Now dry roast the sesame seeds on a pan/tawa, soak them in water for 10 minutes and make a smooth paste. Keep aside.
  3. Wash the fish pieces and marinate them with salt and turmeric for 15 minutes.
  4. Heat oil in a pan/kadai and fry the fish pieces lightly. Keep aside.
  5. Now in the same oil put in nigella seeds, ginger paste, garlic paste and fry till the raw smell is gone.
  6. Make a mixture of the mustard paste with a little water and add to it.
  7. Add the fried fish pieces and ½ cup of water. Adjust salt.
  8. Now add the sesame seeds paste and milk and give a good stir.
  9. Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes.
  10. Turn off the flame and garnish with slitted green chillies..
  11. Tilottoma Rui is ready to be served with steamed rice or Bengali Style Vegetable Fried Rice.


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