May 5, 2012

Patra ni Macchi

             The tag line of the blog talks about a Carnivorous dentist, but there isnt a single non veg dish on the blog yet.

  WHY !!!!
       Because I dont eat that much non veg.. Wrong, I eat loads of nonveg.
       Because I dont cook non veg at home.. Nah I regularly make it.
But because I love cooking for someone. Its fun to cook when you are cooking for someone you love.. My hubby is a pure vegetarian,, So if I cooked non vegetarian food, it was just for me, so I didnt make lots of specialty items... 

           BUT BUT BUT 
 Now I have a FOREVER FISH hungry Kiddo for whom I love cooking :)

Here's my first recipe for my dear kiddo.. 
A recipe he loved..
           Patra ni machhi is a steamed fish coated in green chutney, wrapped in banana leaves. Its a Parsi delicacy, most common on menu in Parsi weddings.. I love Parsi and Bengali weddings... cos these are only weddings which serve non veg. ;) 


  • 6 boneless salmon fillets
  • 6-7 garlic
  • 1 ½ cup coconut
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup coriander
  • 2-3 green chillies
  • 1 tsp jeera
  • juice of 1 small lemon
  • 2 banana leaves / parchment paper
  • lemon wedges(to garnish)

  • Grind coconut, garlic,green chillies, turmeric powder, coriander leaves, cumin seeds, lemon juice and salt to a coarse paste. Taste and check the taste of chutney and adjust salt and lemon.

  • Marinate the fish in the green paste ,refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Place the steamer with water on medium heat. I used a bamboo steamer which I placed on pot of boiling water. The steamer should fit exactly so that no steam leaks out. You can use normal steamer or idli steamer or gas cooker without whistle. 

  • Place the marinated fish on the banana leave and fold. I found later that its easier to fold the leaves if you just steam them for half a min. You can use toothpics to secure wraps. Now if you cant get banana leaves, use parchment paper for make fish parcels..
  • Place banana leaves wrapped fish packets in the hot steamer and steam for 15minutes.

    Serve hot with rice.. I made kairichi amti to go along with it,,,

Now if I make something non veg, I also make veggie version for my hubby...
I made some extra chutney and coated it on paneer pieces and shallow fried them.. they turned out great.. next time I am going to try steaming in banana leaves for 5 mins..

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