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Recipe by Bhetki Macher Paturi

Looking for Bengali delicacies? Try savoring this Bengali Bhetki Macher Paturi (barramundi fish wrapped in banana leaf) recipe with plain steamed rice.

Serving Size: 4 servings

Preparation time: 30 minutes


4 Bhetki fish, fillets cut into 4 * 2 inch pieces

2 tablespoons of mustard seeds

1 tablespoon of poppy seeds

1/4 cup fresh, grated coconut plus more for garnish

7 green peppers, sliced

1 teaspoon of ground turmeric (Haldi)

Salt, to taste

1 banana leaf, cut into 10 * 8 rectangles

2 tablespoons of mustard oil

salt as needed


1. To start preparing the Bengali Bhetki Macher Paturi (barramundi fish wrapped in banana leaf) recipe, mix the pieces of fish with half a teaspoon of turmeric powder and salt in a bowl.

2. In a blender, make a paste of mustard seeds, poppy seeds and green peppers, adding a little water.

3. Take the grated coconut in a bowl. Add the mustard seed paste, a little salt to taste and the rest of the turmeric powder. Mix and make a fine mixture with a fork.

4. Cover and store in the refrigerator for one hour.

5. Take the fish out of the refrigerator and mix it with a teaspoon of mustard oil.

6. Stir gently, heat the banana leaves over an open flame for 30 seconds, make sure they do not burn.

7. Put the pieces of banana leaves shiny side up on a plate, rub a little mustard oil on it. Now spread a teaspoon of marinated paste in the center of the banana leaf, place a piece of fish on the paste and put another teaspoon of paste on top of the piece of fish so as to cover the piece of fish by dough on both sides and then place a green chilli on top.

8. Fold the banana leaf to make a square and tie it with thread so that the packages do not open during cooking. Repeat the process for all the pieces of fish.

9. Now take a non-stick pan and grease a little oil on it and place the pieces of fish wrapped in banana leaves in it (you can place 4-5 pieces at a time, depending on the size.

of your pot), close the pot with a thick lid and cook over medium heat for 8 to 9 minutes per side over medium heat.

10. When a batch is ready, remove them and place them in a saucepan to keep the paturi warm. Repeat the same process again to cook the rest of the paturi macher.

Recipe from Swissotel Kolkata

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