Bhetki Paturi is Bengali Style Bhetki or Seabass Fish cooked by wrapping the fish in banana leaf. Fish pieces are marinated in a spiced mustard paste, wrapped in banana leaf individually and then slow cooked till tender. The word "Paturi" means leaf, in Bengali. This is a delicious recipe to savour.
Preparation Time: 40 Minutes
Bhetki fish, 2 fillets cut into 2”x2” inch pieces, 500 gms net.
Mustard seeds - 2 Tablespoons
Poppy seeds - 1 Tablespoon
Fresh coconut - Grated, 1/4 cup plus more to garnish
Green Chillies - 7 Slit
Turmeric powder (Haldi) - 1 Teaspoon
Salt - To taste
Banana leaf – 1 Cut into 10” x 8”rectangles
Mustard oil - 2 Teaspoons
How to make Bhetki Paturi
1. To begin mix the fish pieces with half teaspoon turmeric powder and salt in a bowl.
2. In a mixer grinder, make a paste of mustard seeds, poppy seeds and green chilies by adding a little bit of water.
3. Take the grated coconut in a bowl. Add mustard seeds paste, a bit of salt to taste and remaining turmeric powder. Mix and make a fine mixture with a fork.
4. Cover and keep them in the fridge for an hour.
5. Remove the fish from the fridge and mix with a teaspoon of mustard oil.
6. Stir gently, warm the banana leaves over an open flame for 30 seconds, make sure it does not get burnt.
7. Put banana leaf pieces glossy side up over a plate, rub a little mustard oil on it. Now spread a teaspoon of marinated paste in the center of the banana leaf, place one piece of fish on the paste and put another teaspoon of paste on the top of fish piece so as to cover the fish piece by the paste from both sides then place a green chilli on top of it.
8. Place Paturi pieces in a steamer and steam for 8-10 minutes. Alternatively pan fry covered on slow heat. Turn pieces after every 2 mins for 4-5 times until banana leaves shows deep burn marks.
9. When one batch is done , remove them and place in a casserole to keep the paturi hot. Again repeat the same process to cook the rest of the macher paturi.
10. Serve the freshly prepared steaming hot Bengali Bhetki Macher Paturi along with plain steamed rice.