Bhetki Macher Paturi
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Recipe type: Fish
Cuisine: Bengali
Serves: 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. Marinating fish for Bhetki Macher Paturi
  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. Wrapping fish for Bhetki Macher Paturi
  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. Wrapped fish Bhetki Macher Paturi
  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. Bhetki Macher Paturi in Laupata
  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. Making of Bhetki Macher Paturi
  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.
Recipe by Debjanir Rannaghar at