How to make Basil Patrani Macchi -

Basil flavoured chutney stuffed fish.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Turban Tadka.

Main Ingredients : Pomfrets (पापलेट), Basil leaves (बेसिल के पत्ते )

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Snacks and Starters

Basil Patrani Macchi

Basil Patrani Macchi Recipe Card


History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 0-5 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Basil Patrani Macchi Recipe

  • Pomfrets 1 kilogram

  • Basil leaves 15-20

  • Scraped fresh coconut 1 1/2 cups

  • Curry leaves 4-5

  • Green chillies 4

  • Garlic cloves 6-8

  • Sugar 1 tablespoon

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Banana leaves

  • Oil for greasing + for grilling


Step 1

Grind together coconut, basil leaves, curry leaves, green chillies, garlic cloves, sugar, juice of ½ lemon and cumin seeds. Transfer the paste into a bowl, add salt and mix well.

Step 2

Slit the pomfrets to make pockets. Rub the remaining lemon juice and salt on the pomfrets and stuff the coconut mixture into the pockets.

Step 3

Roast banana leaves over direct flame.

Step 4

Grease the leaves with a little oil. Wrap the pomfrets in the banana leaves.

Step 5

Heat oil in a non-stick grill pan. Place the fish packets in the pan. Cook for 5-6 minutes and flip. Cook on the other side for 6-8 minutes.

Step 6

Transfer onto a serving plate, unwrap and serve hot.

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