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Macher paturi(Baked Fish)

Macher paturi is mustard-coated fish steamed in banana leaves. A special preparation of Fish from Bengal prepared in Banana Leaves.

It is one of traditional dish of Bengal. Fishes are prepared in the most nutritious as well as delicious way to complement any daily Bengali meal or occasion.

Ingredients:

500 gm of Fish (Rahu, Carp, Hilsa Fish, Vetki)

1 teaspoon of Turmeric Powder

1 teaspoon of Red Chili Powder

Salt 1 teaspoon

3 teaspoon Mustard oil

Banana leaf 1 (halved)

4 tablespoon Poppy Seeds paste

2 1/2 tablespoon Mustard paste

4, 5 Green chilies

Cotton thread

Method:

Wash the Fishes. In a wide plate take the mustard paste, poppy seed paste, salt, turmeric, red chili powder and some chopped chilies. Keep aside. Mix 1 tsp mustard oil for roasting the fish and mix the rest in this.

Add the fishes in this spice mixture and rub to coat them thoroughly.  Cover and keep aside for minimum 20-30 minutes.

Cut 4 big pieces from the banana leaf. Lightly roast it on open flame to make it soft and foldable.

Grease the leaves with little drops of oil and place one marinated fish on each. Divide the spice to coat both sides of the fish properly. Pour little more mustard oil on top.

On the mixture put a piece of fish and then 3 tsp more of the mixture and make sure that the whole fish is covered with the mixture.

Fold the Banana Leaf, like making a parcel and tie it with cotton thread.

Heat a tawa or pan with little mustard oil and place the fish parcels on it. Cook on low heat till all the sides of the parcel turn black. Let it stand for 5 minutes.

Remove from griddle and place the packet on a large platter. cut the threads. Put the fish in a plate carefully and serve hot with rice.

You can also cook it in Oven. To do that preheat the oven at 190C and cook the envelops for 20 minutes or till the leaves turn black.

Aluminum foil can also be used in place of Banana Leaves but banana leaves gives a different kind of aroma.

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