Saturday, June 1, 2013

Fish Paturi (Steamed Fish)


6-7 Your choice of Fish Fillet
1 Tbs Black mustard seeds (soaked in little warm water) 
1 Tbs White mustard seeds (soaked in little warm water)
1 Tsp Cumin Seeds
1 Tbs Poppy seed or Posto
1 Tsp Turmeric Powder

1 Tsp kalonji seeds
1 Tsp fresh juice of lime
1 Tbs Mustard Oil 
3 Tbs Shredded coconut
5-6 Garlic cloves
Whole 8-10 green chilies to put inside the Banana leaf
Salt to taste 
1 Full size Banana Leaf or Aluminum Foil
Threads for wrapping or Toothpick to joint

Wash and dry the Fish Fillet, keep aside.
In a Blender add Mustard seeds, cumin seeds, garlic cloves, poppy seeds, turmeric powder, and shredded coconut.
Make it a smooth paste by adding little water from time to time. Be careful while adding water to the paste because the paste should be thick in consistency.
Add salt as required and kalonji seeds and make a smooth marinade.
Dip the Fish pieces into the marinade and rub them with fingers.
Leave the marinated Fish for 30 minutes in room temperature or 2 hours in refrigerator.
Once the marination is done, now pour in the mustard oil to it and mix it well.
Now cut the Banana Leaf/ Aluminum foil into 8 inches square.
Take the Banana Leaf in a platter glossy side up, rub little mustard oil to it.
Place a piece of Fish at the center and add some marinade on it
Place one green chilly on top of it
Fold the leaf from each side and make it a square parcel.
Wrap it with the thread so joint it with toothpick so that it doesn't open while cooking.
Wrap rest of the fish pieces and make a parcel for each of them.
Now boil water in a steamer.
Add the parcels into the steaming rack or basket.
Steam the parcels for 10 minutes in high flame and 10 minutes in low flame.
Remove from steamer; discard the threads from the banana leaf.
Serve hot with steamed rice.

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