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MACHHER PATURI( Fish steamed in Banana leaf with mustard sauce)

MACHHER PATURI( Fish steamed in Banana leaf with mustard sauce)
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It is a special traditional preparation from Bengal where the fish pieces are steamed in Banana leaves after coating them with mustard paste.

Ingredients




1.5 to 6 big pieces of fish (preferably boneless)
2.Lemon(juice of 1 lemon)
3.Salt (as per taste)
4.Turmeric (A pinch for colour)
5.mustard seeds (1/2 cup)
6.Poppy seeds (1/2 cup)
7.Banana leaves
8.Mustard oil (3 to 4 tbsp)
9.2 tbsps of fresh dessicated coconut (optional)

Marinating the fish

1.Marinate the fishes with salt ,turmeric and lemon juice for 15 minutes.


Making mustard paste

1.Wash the mustard seeds and poppy seeds  in water for 2 minutes and strain.
2.Add little salt.
3.Add 1 green chilly or 2 to 3 depending on how much spicy you want the dish to be.Add coconut (optional) to the mixture.
4.Grind in a grinder into a smooth paste .(It will take 2 to 4 minutes)
5.If you cannot handle spice strain the paste with a strainer so that the seed coating of the mustard seeds are removed.
6.Add two tbsp of mustard oil to the paste and mix.It will add zing to the spice.

Steaming the fishes

1.Coat the marinated fishes with the spices .
2.Wrap each piece in a piece of banana lef and tie with a thread.
3.Steam in a steamer for 15 to 20 minutes.
4.Serve with steamed rice.

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