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Macher Paturi

Baked Bengali style Fish

Recipe by Rimi Sengupta Ghoshal of Rocky Hill, US

A special preparition of Fish from Bengal prepared in Banana Leaves. This is one of the royal dishes from Bengal

Ingredients non vegetarian 6 servings

    • 6 Pieces of Fish (Rahu, Carp, Hilsa Fish, Vetki)
    For the Marinade
    • 1 Tsp of Turmaric
    • 1 tsp of Red Chilli Powder
    • Salt
    • 3 tsp Mustard oil
    For the Paturi
    • 4 tbsp Poppy Seeds (Khas Khas, Posto), Soak the poppy seeds in hot water for an hour, this will help in grinding it.
    • 5 tbsp Mustard Powder
    • 10-12 Whole Green Chilli
    • 6-7 tbsp Mustard Oil
    • 1 tsp Kalonji (Black Cumin, Nigella)
    • 1/2 tsp Tarmuric Powder
    • Salt to taste
    • 1/2 Tsp Sugar
    • Banana Leaves cut into square of 10 inch each (6 peices required)
    • String to tie the banana leaves


    1. Wash the Fishes and marinate it with Turmaric, Red Chilli Powder, Salt and Mustard Oil, keep it aside for 30 mins.
    2. Make a Thick fine paste of Poppy Seeds, Mustard powder, 6 Whole Green Chilies, Turmaric, Salt.
    3. To the past add Kalonji, Sugar, 3 Tbs of Mustard Oil and mix it well.
    4. Take a Banana Leave pour 1 tsp of the mixture onto the middle of the leave.
    5. On the mixture put a piece of fish and then 3 tsp more of the misture and make sure that the whole fish is covered with the mixture.
    6. Put one slit green chilli on the fish and 1/2 tsp of mustard oil on it.
    7. Fold the Banana Leaf, like making a parcel and tie it with a string. Aluminium foil can also be used in place of Banana Leaves but banana leaves gives a diffirent kind of aroma.
    8. Similarly tie all the pieces of fish.
    9. Put all the pieces on a baking tray
    10. Preheat Oven on 450 Degrees and Bake the fshes for 30 min.