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Ilish Macher Paturi

Hilsa/Ilish Macher Paturi in Kumro/Pumpkin Leaf

Hilsa/Ilish Macher Paturi in Kumro/Pumpkin Leaf

Ilish Macher Paturi is a typical Bengali dish. In this recipe Hilsa/Ilish fish steaks are marinated with ground spices and then wrapped in oily Pumpkin or Banana leaf, and then roasted in nonstick pan or may be deep fried.
I use Pumpkin leaf because I love to eat the spice marinated leaf as well. But if you can not find Pumpkin leaf, banana leaf is also a good option. This is a typical Bengali or I should say East Bengali dish. This recipe is very easy to prepare, effortless, no need to cook for long time. Infact any Hilsa recipe is indeed very quick and easy. So why should we waste our time in talking about hilsa, we all know the fact. Let's jump and peek the process. Ilish Macher Paturi


  • Ilish/Hilsa 6 pieces, only steaks
  • Turmeric powder 1 teaspoon
  • Salt 2 teaspoons
  • Black mustard seeds 3 tablespoons
  • Scraped Coconut 1 cup
  • Green chilis 10
  • Mustard Oil 2+2+4 tablespoons
  • Pumpkin/Banana leaves 10 to 12
  • White thread to bind

About Recipe

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Preperation Time »

45 Minute(s)

Cooking Time »

15 Minute(s)

Ilish Macher Paturi

Steps to Prepare

Step 1
  • Take the ilish pieces and wash very gentely under tap water & pat dry. Put the fish pieces on a plate and marinate them with 1/2 teaspoon turmeric & 1 teaspoon salt.
  • Now take the mustard seeds in a grinder, add 4 green chilis, 3-4 tablespoons water and ground to make smooth paste. Now add the scraped coconut into the grinder and 2 tablespoons of water and ground to make fine paste.
  • Pour the mixture in a bowl, add rest of salt, turmeric and 4 tablespoons of oil and mix well. Now pour the spice mixture on the fish pieces and marinate the fish. Keep aside for 30 minutes.
Ilish Macher Paturi
Step 3
  • Now heat a nonstick pan or a tawa, heat 2 tablespoons of Mustrd oil in it, place 2/3 fish parcels in it and cover the pan with a lid. Lower te flame and cook 5 minutes on each side.
Ilish Macher Paturi

Step 4
  • Take the parcels out of the pan and serve hot. If you want the deep fry them, heat enough oil in a pan, and deep fry each fish parcel. Remember do not over crowd the pan, one parcel at a time for deep frying. Now serve the Paturi with hot steamed rice. And remember to cut the thread before eating.
Ilish Macher Paturi
Step 5
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Ilish Macher Paturi