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Vetki Paturi (Barramundi Fish Wrapped in Banana Leaf )

Moumita Malla
10 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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ABOUT Vetki Paturi (Barramundi Fish Wrapped in Banana Leaf ) RECIPE

Vetki Paturi is a traditional dish in both West Bengal and Bangladesh.Here fish marinated in mustard paste wrapped in banana leaf and cooked through slow cooking.The word 'paaturi' comes from the Bengali word 'Pata' or leaf .I have learnt this recipe from my mom.My mom is a great cook and her cooking guru is my Dida or my maternal grandmother.

Recipe Tags

  • Non-veg
  • Medium
  • West Bengal
  • Pan fry
  • Side Dishes

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. Bhetki or Barramundi Fish fillets - 4 ( cut into 4 " × 2 " )
  2. Black Mustard seed- 2 tablespoons
  3. Poppy seed- 1 tablespoon Grated coconut - 1 / 4 cup + 1tablespoons
  4. Green chilies-4+4
  5. Turmeric powder -1/2teaspoon +1/2teaspoon
  6. Salt to taste
  7. Banana leaf -1big (cut into 10 " × 8 " rectangle shape )
  8. Simple stitching thread-Few


  1. Mix the fish pieces with half teaspoon turmeric powder and salt in a bowl .
  2. Make a paste of mustard seeds, Poppy seeds and 4 green chilies by adding little bit water .
  3. Take the grated coconut and keep in a bowl.Add mustard seeds paste, little bit salt and remaining turmeric powder.Mix and make a fine mixture.
  4. Cover and keep them in the fridge for 1 hour.
  5. Remove the fish from the fridge and mix with 1 teaspoon oil.
  6. Stir gently, warm the banana leaves over an open flame for 30 seconds, make sure it does not get burnt.
  7. Put banana leaf pieces glossy side up over a big plate, rub little mustard oil on it. Now spread 1 teaspoon of marinated paste in the center of banana leaf, place one piece of fish on the paste and put another teaspoon of paste on the top of fish piece so as to cover the fish piece by the paste from both sides then place one green chili on top of it.
  8. Fold the banana leaf to make it a square parcel and tie with thread that the parcels will not open while cooking. Repeat the process for all the fish pieces.
  9. Now take a non-stick pan and grease some oil to it and place the banana leaf wrapped fish pieces on it. (you can place 4 - 5 pieces at a time, according to the size of your pan, you can place ), close the pan with an air tight lid and cook on low heat for 8-9 minutes each side.
  10. When one batch is done, remove them and place in an air tight container to keep the paturies hot. Again repeat the same process to cook the rest paturies.
  11. Serve the hot banana leaf wrapped fish paturi with hot steamed rice.

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Babli Mukund
Babli Mukund   Oct-08-2016

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