Ilish Macher Paturi Recipe - Bengalis simply love this dish - Hilsa fish cooked in banana leaves

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Main Ingredients : Hilsa (ilish), Banana leaves

Cuisine : Bengali

Course : Main Course_Seafood

Ilish Macher Paturi

The Bengalis are great food lovers and take pride in their cuisine.  In fact so obsessed are they about food, that the man of the house goes to the market daily to buy a fresh supply vegetables and fish which is a must in their daily menu.  The medium of cooking is mustard oil which adds its own pungency.  Another very important item of Bengali cuisine is the variety of sweets or mishti as they call them.  Most of them are milk based and are prepared from chhena.
A meal, for the Bengali, is a ritual in itself.  Bengalis spend not only the great deal of time thinking about the food but also on its preparation and eating. 

Ilish Macher Paturi Recipe - how to make Ilish Macher Paturi

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Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Medium

Ingredients

  • Hilsa (ilish) sliced1 kilogram

  • Banana leaves 6-8

  • Mustard powder 2 tablespoons

  • Turmeric powder 1 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Mustard oil 3/4 cup

  • Green chillies slit 8-10

Method

Step 1

Cut each banana leaf into half. Mix mustard powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt, mustard oil and green chillies and apply this paste evenly on the fish pieces.

Step 2

Place three to four banana leaves on a tawa and then put another set of leaves on top crosswise. Carefully place the hilsa pieces on top and put the remaining masala and oil on top. Fold the banana leaves on the fish pieces and tie with a string. Place tawa over high heat and cook.

Step 3

Colour of the leaves will start changing from green to yellow. It will take twenty to twenty five minutes for hilsa to cook. It is always better to cook the fish just before serving.

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