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Monday, August 12, 2013

Bhetki Paturi (Steamed Fish Wrapped in Banana Leaf with Mustard Paste)

Rainy season has arrived and WestBengal is ready to embrace the occasions of having Ilish like anything. A delicacy of Bengal, this preparation goes well with Bhetki and Ilish variety of fish. For vegetarians we have Paneer paturi, the mustard sauce is smeared all over the pieces and then the parcel goes into a steaming vessel. Fish paturi goes fantastic with steamed rice.

Bhetki Maach (5-6 pieces)
4-5 tbsp Mustard seeds
1 tbsp Poppy seeds
2-3 tbsp Coconut, scraped
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
A big pinch of Nigella seeds(kalo jeera)
Pinch of Sugar
4 tbsp Mustard oil
5-7 Green chillies, adjust to your taste
Salt to taste
Few banana leaves
Threads for wrapping or toothpicks

Clean and cut the banana leaves, remove the stem that runs through the middle and dip in a large bucket of warm water. This will allow the parcel to mold easily. Apply mustard oil on one side and keep aside.

Wash fish pieces and pat dry. Sprinkle some salt, turmeric and apply well on fish pieces. And leave it for 5 minutes and start preparing the mustard paste. In a coffee blender add coconut, mustard seeds, poppy seeds,2-3 green chillies, salt and sugar. Grind by adding little water to make a smooth paste. Apply this paste to the fish pieces and coat well. Leave this for 1/2 hour.
I skipped adding turmeric 
Now place the fish in the center of banana leaf (glossy side up) and add the remaining marinade on it, remaining slit green chillies, nigella seeds and top it with a tsp of mustard oil. Fold to make it a parcel and tie with a cotton tread or toothpick.

Repeat with the rest of the pieces and steam for 10-12 minutes. I generally use my cooker to steam it by pouring 1 cup water, place a separator and place the parcels. Remove the weight and cook it for 10-12 minutes.

 Discard the threads from the parcel and you can transfer the fish pieces into a serving plate or can have it directly from the leaf.

 Mouthwatering paturi is ready to be served with steamed rice.


  1. who can resist fish cooked in banana leaf...

  2. totally looks gorgeous!!

  3. wow this is too good.... bookmarking it...

  4. Wow!! This is so inviting feel like grabbing the plate...

  5. I have always wanted to taste this. thanks for sharing the recipe

  6. ufff ki bhalo dekhte hoeche Deepa. Kolapata gulo ki fresh. eikhane kolapata pete jibon berie jay.

  7. Dekhei jibe jol ese gachhe. Darun baniyecho deepa. Beautiful click.

  8. ki aar bolbo, dekhe icche korche khete kintu taar jonno ghore korte hobe. tai dekhe monta bhore nicchi.

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  10. I have heard of this authentic dish and looks very flavorful, nice way explained with pics

  11. Unique dish,absolutely yummy and banana leaves will add more flavor,will try this.

  12. I love betki fish a lot. But never tried to steam a fish.. Looks yumm...

  13. This looks delicious! Full of flavour!

  14. Banana leaf gives a wonderful flavour to the fish na, droolworthy steamed fish.

  15. fabulous fish sure this will taste yummy because after steaming in banana leaf we can feel the taste of leaf in fish too

  16. Delicious fish curry. steamed in banana leaves, make them more flavorful.

  17. It just looks like meen polichadhu in kera;ites dish.looking gorgeous.

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