Ilish macher paturi is one of Bengal’s signature dish which has to be in menu when ilish seasons starts. Paturi means a dish cooked on a leaf and Ilish is the Bengali name for Hilsa fish.
Ilish macher paturi have many versions but today we are using the steamed version. Hilsa marinated in pungent mustard sauce with the grated coconut and liberal dousing of mustard oil when cooked in banana leaf gives a unique aroma and increases the deliciousness of this fish a thousand times.
So come and indulge your senses.
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Ilish Macher Paturi Ingredients
- 400 g hilsa
- 2 tbsp of mustard paste
- 2 tbsp of poppy seed paste
- 1 tbsp of coconut paste
- 2 tsp of grated coconut
- 1 tsp of green chilly paste or to taste
- 2 tbsp of mustard oil
- 4 to 6 green chilly
- 1 tsp of turmeric powder
- 4 big pieces of banana leaves
- Salt to taste
Make 4 steak size pieces of the fish. Clean and wash them. Now rub all pieces of hilsa fish with salt and ¼ tsp of turmeric powder and let the fish rest for 5minutes.
Meanwhile take a bowl and in it add mustard paste, poppy seed paste, coconut paste, grated coconut, mustard oil, turmeric powder and salt. Mix well to make a smooth paste. Marinate all the fish steaks with this spice mixture. Keep aside.
Now take the banana leaves lightly roast it on open flame to make it soft and foldable or if you are using soft young leaves then you can skip this step.
Grease the leaves with few drops of mustard oil and places one steak of fish on each leaves.
Make sure that the spices are well coated on both sides of the fish.
Place one or two slit green chilly on top.
Then wrap the banana leaf like a parcel. You can tie up with thread if you want.
Place the entire four parcels on a tiffin box.
Close the box tightly.
Submerge half of the tiffin box in the water of the pressure cooker.
Cook in pressure cooker for 2 to 3 whistles.
Give 10 minute standing time.
You can also steam the fish parcel on a bamboo or a idli steamer Bring out from the tiffin box unwrap and serve.
Delicious Ilish macher paturi is ready; relish this sensuous preparation with hot steamed rice.