Bengalis love their fish – river water or salt water, no Bengali meal is complete without at least one item of fish. Paturi a authentic Bengali preparation is a technique that you can use in any food items. In bengal mostly Bhetki paturi or hilsha paturi is prepared with fillets, smeared with a mustardy spice mix, wrapped in banana leaves and cooked. Fish Paturi goes well with steamed rice.
Bhetki Fish Paturi
4 Bhetki Fish (Red snapper) fillets, cut into thick slices
2 Green chillies, slit through middle
2 tsp Mustard Powder
2 tsp Coconut powder
2 tsp Mustard oil
1 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Chilli powder
Salt to taste
Create a paste mixing all the ingredients, add a little bit of water if needed, and rub it all over the fish fillets, create a sort of a coating. Once done, place a green chilli on top of the fish, and wrap it up in a banana leaf.
String it and put it up for steam, in a rice cooker, or microwave or gas stove. Steam it for 10 minutes and turn the paturis and cook for another 10 mins. The paturis shall be done, and ready to eat.