Paatra-ni-Machhi

Posted by admin | Recipes,Sea Food | Tuesday 14 February 2012 1:23 am

I finally managed to get an illustration done for TheDrawandCook.com I’m such a procrastinator, I’ve been planning this for months, ever since I actually made this delightfully simple Parsi dish. Well, here it is finally!
Fish steamed in banana leaves Click the image to see it in a larger size.
In more detail though…
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PAATRA-NI-MACHHI (Fish in banana leaves) Serves 6
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INGREDIENTS
12 pieces of silver Indian pomfret sliced. Clean and marinate for 1/2 hr in lemon juice & salt.
4-5 medium sized banana leaves

For the Chutney
1 coconut grated
6 green chillies
120 grams chopped coriander
6-7 pods garlic
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
2 limes, juiced
1 tablespoon oil (preferably coconut)
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt to taste

PREPARATION
Grind together the ingredients of the Chutney

Marinate the fish in generous amounts of the chutney and set aside for 2-3 hours

Cut up the banana leaves into pieces large enough to cover the fish pieces and lightly steam them or heat over a griddle so they will fold easily.

Wrap up each piece separately adding more chutney into each packet if there is any left over. Tie with cotton thread if you need to.

Put them into a steamer and steam for 10-15 minutes.
I did them in a microwave steamer and it only took me 6 minutes.

The fish can also be baked in the oven for 10 minutes on one side, then turn over and 10 minutes on the other.

Serve hot with more lime.

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