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Bhetki Macher Paturi

  • Author: Debjani
  • Total Time: 8 hours 20 mins
  • Yield: 4-5 People


  • Bhetki Fish: 750 g (boneless; cut into 10 pieces)
  • Black Mustard Seed: 3 Tbsp.
  • Grated Coconut: 5 Tbsp.
  • Green Chili: 8-10
  • Mustard Oil: 4 Tbsp.
  • Lemon Juice: 2 Tbsp.
  • Turmeric Powder: 1 Tsp.
  • Salt: to taste
  • Banana Leaf: 1 (big)
  • Gourd Leaf: 3-4 (optional)
  • Thread: as required (toothpick can also be used)


  1. Wash Bhetki fish chunks and rub Lemon Juice and half of the salt to fish pieces and leave those for 1 hour.
  2. Make a thick paste of Mustard Seed by adding a little salt.
  3. Strain the paste through a strainer and discard husk.
  4. Make a paste of Green Chilies.
  5. In a bowl take Mustard Paste, grated Coconut, Green Chili paste, salt, Turmeric Powder and Mustard Oil.
  6. Mix those using a spoon.


  1. [url href=""]Marinating fish for Bhetki Macher Paturi[/url]
  2. Marinade fish chunks with this paste and give those an overnight stand (5-6 hours). This step is important to get super soft Paturi.

Making of the Fish Parcel or Macher Paturi:

  1. [url href=""]Wrapping fish for Bhetki Macher Paturi[/url]
  2. Take the bowl full of marinated fish out of the refrigerator at least one hour before cooking.
  3. Take Banana Leaf and cut it into 6”/6” pieces.
  4. Now brush little Mustard Oil on the glossy side of Banana Leaf pieces.
  5. Lightly roast those over low flame for 30 seconds.
  6. Now take a piece of Banana Leaf and put 1 spoon of the marinade on the middle of the leaf.
  7. Place a fish chunk on the top of the marinade and finally put some marinade to cover the fish from the top.
  8. [url href=""]Wrapped fish Bhetki Macher Paturi[/url]
  9. Close the Banana Leaf from four sides to make a close parcel.
  10. Tie it using a thread as shown in the picture.
  11. In case the thread is not available or you find this process a bit fussy then just close it using a toothpick.
  12. Following the process make a parcel of rest of the fish chunks.
  13. I was not available with sufficient banana leaf and used guard leaf to make the parcel for a few pieces.
  14. [url href=""]Bhetki Macher Paturi in Laupata[/url]
  15. Now put some Mustard Oil in a flat pan and place fish parcels over the oil and cover the pan with a lid and cook on low flame for 10 minutes.
  16. [url href=""]Making of Bhetki Macher Paturi[/url]
  17. Flip all the fish parcels after 10 minutes and cook from the other side by covering the pan with a lid for 10 more minutes.
  18. Take all the Fish Parcels or Bhetki Macher Paturi and store those in a closed container to enable those to get cooked in own heat.
  • Prep Time: 8 hours
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Fish
  • Cuisine: Bengali
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