Bhetki macher paturi recipe | how to make Bengali Biye bari style bhetki (barramundi fish) paturi recipe step by step

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Bhetki macher paturi is a traditional Bengali style bhetki (barramundi fish or Indian sea bass fish) recipe by cooking fish wrapped in banana leaf. This recipe is made with boneless bhetki (vetki) fish fillets, marinated with lemon juice, a mixed paste of mustard seeds, green chillis, cashew nuts, hung curd, and grated coconut with mustard oil and nicely folded up in a banana leaf and fried or roast or steamed in greased pan.

Paturi came from the Bengali term “Pata” which means “leaf”. Paturi is made of fish (Bhetki or ilish or chingri) or in veg use chhana (paneer) is marinated with spices and wrapped in banana leaves to cook. Except for banana leaf (kola pata or kele ki patte) can use gourd leaf (lau pata) or arbi leaf (kochu pata) to make vetki or any fish paturi recipe. Bengali Bhetki fish Paturi is a similar version of Parsi recipe patrani machchi.

bhetki (vetki) macher paturi is served with bhat, bengali godhoraj lebu and green chillies

At my home, Ilish Paturi and Bhetki Macher Paturi are very common fish curry preparation on occasions like Poila Boishak (in Bengali New Year) menu. However, also make chingri macher paturi, rui macher paturi, chhanar paturi (on veg days) and even chicken er paturi in my kitchen.

As per the traditional Bengali recipe, banana leaf-wrapped bhetki is seared in an oil-greased pan to complete paturi recipe. However, you can bake this banana leaf-wrapped bhetki in a microwave oven by putting it on a greased nonstick baked pan. If Banana leaves are not around, can use food-graded, heat-proof aluminium foil to warp and cook in the microwave or on the gas stove. If have neither Banana leaves nor aluminium foil, steam up the paturis as I prepare my Bhapa Ilish recipe.Vetki macher paturi in banana leaf with a plate of rice, green chillies and gondhoraj lemon a traditional bengali fish recipe

Bhetki macher Paturi perfectly goes with white steamed rice or basmati rice with wedges of gondhoraj lebu (an aromatic Bengali lime). 

Try this Bengali biye bari style Bhetki fish paturi at home with the help of my step by step detailed recipe with pictures and please share your valuable feedback about this recipe in the comment section below.

Bhetki macher paturi recipe | Bengali Biye bari style Bhetki (barramundi fish) paturi recipe 

Bhetki macher paturi is a traditional Bengali style bhetki (barramundi fish or Indian sea bass fish) recipe by cooking fish wrapped in banana leaves.

Ingredients of Vetki macher paturi

  • 300 g Boneless Bhetki Fish Fillets
  • 1/2 Lemon Juice 
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder 
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Mustard Oil (for marination)
  • 2 tbsp Black Mustard Seeds (for making a paste)
  • 1 tbsp Yellow Mustard Seeds 
  • 1 tbsp Poppy Seeds
  • 10 Cashew Nuts / Charmagaz seeds
  • 4 Green Chillies
  • 1/2 Grated Coconut
  • 6 tbsp Hung Curd /Jol jhorano tok doi
  • 2 tbsp Mustard Oil 
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Salt (as required)
  • 1 tbsp Mustard Oil (For searing the banana leaf wraped fish)

For making the paturi wrap

  • 5-7 Banana leaves 
  • Cotton thread to tie

Prep time: 45 mins(including marination time)

Cook time: 16-20 mins

Served in: 1 hr 5 mins

Course: Lunch

Cuisine: Bengali (Indian)

Served for: 8 people

Author: Moumita Paul

How to make Bengali Biye bari style Bhetki (Barramundi fish) Macher Paturi recipe with step by step pictures


How to marinate Bhetki fish fillets  

  • First, wash the boneless bhetki fish fillets, and drain the water well.
  • Put each fish fillet on one of your palms and slightly press down the fillets with the other palm to remove the excess water from it.
  • Then keep all the fish fillets on a plate and first marinate the fish fillet with half lemon juice.
  • Nicely coat the fillets with lemon juice from both sides and marinate the fillets for 10 mins.

squeezing the half lemon to sprinkle the lemon juice on the fish fillets for removing the smell of bhetki or bekti fish

  • After 10 mins again marinate the fish fillets with 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, and 1 tbsp mustard oil and coat both sides of fillets with it as shown in the pic. Keep it aside.

after adding turmeric powder, salt and mustard oil and nicely coat the fish fillets with it for making bengali bhetki macher paturi recipe

How to make fish paturi masala

  • For making paturi masala, first, soak 2 tbsp black mustard seeds, 1 tbsp yellow mustard seeds and 1 tbsp poppy seeds in water for 15 mins.

soaking mustard and poppy seeds together in a bowl with water for making the paste of it to prepare bhetki paturi recipe

  • Strain 6 tbsp curd (to make hung curd) to remove the excess water from the curd.
  • And keep the strainer on a bowl as shown in the pic.
  • Leave it for 10-15 mins.
  • But if you are using thick curd or even hung curd then do not need to strain it.

remove the water from the curd through the strainer for making paturi fish

  • Make a paste of soaked mustard seeds and poppy seeds with 1/2 tsp salt, and 10 cashew nuts.

adding soaking seeds, salt and cahew nuts in the blender jar for making a smooth aste of bengali bhetki fish paturi recipe

  • Later adding 4 green chillies and the curd (after removing the water) with the mustard paste.
  • Make a smooth paste out of it. As shown in the pic.

added green chilli and hung curd to make the paste for the marination of bhetki macher paturi

  • Then add the 1/2 cup or 8 tsp grated coconut with the masala paste and blend it well to make a fine paste. As shown in the pic.

added grated coconut to the grinder to prepare bengali bhetki macher paturi recipe

Mix the masala with marinated fish fillets

  • Now pour the paste into a mixing bowl, mix 1 tsp turmeric, a little salt(as per taste) and 2 tbsp mustard oil to the masala paste. Mix it well.

added turmeric powder, salt and later mustard oil fr making the perfect marination of this bhetki fish paturi recipe

  • Then put the marinated bhetki fillets into the masala paste and mix it well.

adding bhetki fish fillets to the paste for marination to make bhetki macher paturi recipe

  • Marinate the fish fillets for 20 mins.

lastly adding the turmeric, salt, mustard oil and lemon juice which was used to marinate the fish in the beginning and mix it up nicely to make bhetki fish paturi recipe

How to wrap marinated bhetki fish in banana leaf 

  • Remove the stem and wash the banana leaves thoroughly from both sides.
  • Then slightly roast the banana leaf on low heat from both sides.
  • slightly roasting the washed banana leaf in the flame for easily fold it up to make bhetki paturi recipe with banana leafThen take each piece of banana leaf, first put 1 tbsp of mustard paste on the leaf then place one marinated bhetki fish fillet on the paste. As shown in the pic.

first put some paste and then put the marinated fish fillet on it for making perfect bhetki macher paturi or bhetki paturi recipe

  • Put some paste from the top of the fillet to cover the fillet with the paste from both sides. 
  • Lastly, put green chilli(slit) from the top of the fillet. As shown in the picture.

then put some paste on the fish fillet to cover it and then put a chilli from the top before wrapping it up with banana leaf for making bhetki paturi recipe

  • Nicely fold or wrap the leaf to make a parcel and make sure that the paste should come out from the wrap.
  •  Then nicely tie the parcel with the cotton thread to secure the paste from dripping.

all the fish fillets are nicely wrapped by the banana leaf and tied with the thread to make the bhetki macher paturi recipe or bhetki fish paturi recipe

How To Cook  Bhetki paturi

  • Heat a pan or skillet on low flame, add 1 tbsp mustard oil and nicely spread the oil over the pan or skillet.

added oil to the pan for slow cooking the bhetki macher paturi

  • Put the paturis in the pan, but do not overcrowd the pan, otherwise gets difficult to turn the paturis.

all the packets are added to the pan for making bengali bhetki macher paturi recipe

  • Then slow down the heat and close the pan with a lid.

closed the lid of the pan for slow cooking to prepare bengali bhetki fish paturi recipe

  • After 7-8 mins remove the lid and turn over the paturis and cover the pan once again.

Frying bhetki macher paturi or bhetki fish paturi on oil greased pan

  • Wait for more than 7-8 mins to get it cooked from the other side.
  • When all the paturis are properly fried from both sides, turn off the heat.
  • Bhetki macher paturi is ready, serve this Bengali dish with sizzling hot steamed white rice or basmati rice.


  • Here I’ve already explained how to soak the mustard seeds before making its paste and later added salt while grinding. And if you follow my instruction to make this paste, you never get that problem of the bitter taste in your mustard paste.
  • First I marinade the bhetki or vetki fish in lemon juice to remove its smell. And then tenderize the boneless bhetki fish fillets for making this recipe. Later I added raw mustard oil to it which will also help to remove the raw smell of bhetki.
  • If you follow my recipe, that mustard paste never comes out from the packet of banana leaf. As I’ve already removed the water from the curd before using it. Curd always has a tendency to remove the water.
  • Even you can steam the paturis instead of slow cooking them in the oil.
  • Though banana leaves have health benefits, however, can use microwave heat proof aluminium foil without any doubt as it has no bad effect on health. 

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