Patra Ni Machi Recipe - Fish Cooked In Banana Leaf
Patra Ni Machi is a very popular Parsi dish in which fish smeared with generous amount of green chutney and then wrapped in banana leaf and steam cooked. Serve with steamed rice and Vegetable Dhansak for a perfect Parsi meal.
Anything wrapped in banana leaf and cooked to perfection is the most amazing food to eat in the whole world! I love food cooked in banana leaf. The flavour which the leaf imparts to the dish is just amazing. This kind of food is rustic, homely and lip smacking delicious!
Patra Ni Machi is a very popular Parsi dish in which fish smeared with generous amount of green chutney and then wrapped in banana leaf and steam cooked. It’s light, comforting and satisfying. It’s also great for people who are dieting. You won’t believe food can taste so amazing even when made without any oil!
The green chutney is another highlight in this recipe. Flavors from garlic, spice from green chilies and the flavours from fresh mint and coriander leaves are amazing.
If you like this recipe, you can also try other Parsi Recipes such as
- 3 Pomfret fish
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- Banana leaf , to wrap the fish For the chutney
- 1 cup Coriander (Dhania) Leaves
- 1 cup Mint Leaves (Pudina)
- 5 Green Chillies
- 8 cloves Garlic
- 1-1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
- 1/2 cup Fresh coconut , grated
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
How to make Patra Ni Machi Recipe - Fish Cooked In Banana Leaf
To begin making the Patra Ni Machi Recipe, Into a blender add all the ingredients mentioned under the list ‘For the chutney’ like the coconut, coriander leaves, mint leaves, green chillies, cumin seeds, salt, sugar and lemon juice and blend into fine thick paste. You need not add any water, make sure your paste is fine and thick.
Clean the fish. Make small slits on the fish on both sides. Smear good amount of green chutney on both the sides of the fish.
Place a steamer with little little water on heat.
Now take a pieces of banana leaf and place it on steamer which is boiling. This helps the banana leaf to become soft and easy to fold without breaking or tearing. Place the banana leaf on steamer for about a minute on each side. Then remove it off.
Place the fish on the banana leaf now and then fold it on all four sides to make a parcel.
Place the wrapped banana leaf on steamer and steam for about 10 to 14 minutes until the fish is cooked through.
Once done remove the fish from the steamer, carefully unwrap the banana leaf and transfer the steamed fish onto a serving plate and serve immediately.
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