Patra Ni Machhi - Parsi Cuisine / Steamed Fish Wrapped in Banana Leaf

Patra ni machhi is a dish in the Parsi cuisine, which is made from steamed fish topped with chutney and wrapped in a banana leaf.

Mumbai is home to a large Parsi community and if you've been to a Parsi navjot or wedding, you'll see that no Parsi celebration is without their favortie Patrani Machi.  This recipe is taken form Sanjeev Kapoors cook book.


4 slices Fish Surmai
1 Teaspoon Salt
For the Chutney
1/2 Cup fresh grated coconut
1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds
1 Cup Coriander leaves
1/4 cup Mint leaves
7 cloves Garlic
1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds
Juice of one Lemon
Salt to taste

For wrapping

Banana Leaves


Grind coconut, garlic, ginger, turmeric powder,coriander leaves, mint leaves, cumin seeds, lemon juice and salt to a coarse paste. Adjust salt and lemon juice.

Marinate the fish in the green paste , refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or for an hour or two.

Place the steamer with water on medium heat. Place the banana leaves on top of the steamer for a minute (this makes the banana leaves soft and its easier to fold the leaves)

Place the marinated fish on the banana leave and fold (as shown below).

Place the parcels of fish on the steamer and cover the steamer with the lid. Now, let the fish steam for 10  to 15 minutes.
Serve hot with rice.

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Labels : Fish, Parsi Cuisine, Blogging Marathon, Steamed, CCChallenge

Sneha's Recipe
Sneha's Recipe

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  1. that looks fantastic - the green chutney must give such a great flavor

  2. Definitely a very popular dish among Parsi community.

  3. Chutney sounds very flavorful -- must have made the fish taste amazing.

  4. Nice recipe for fish lovers..

  5. Never steamed fish....I am sure the fish lovers would like this!

  6. After folding it with banana leaf do we have to place it in the pan with water?