Friday, 19 August 2011

The "paturi" !

This, again, is a bengali delicacy. Generally made with Hilsa or Bhetki. But this can be made with practically any damn thing! Last time, I made it with paneer/cottage cheese. Was a huge hit! Here goes....

You will need:

500 gm Fresh firm cottage cheese/ paneer diced into 2 or 3 inch sized pieces.
5 tablespoonful of Mustard Oil.
almost a tablespoon of Turmeric powder
green chilies, made into a paste, about 2 teaspoons.
1 cup of Desiccated coconut.
half a cup of ground mustard.
Salt and sugar.
Banana leaves.

How to do it:

While grinding mustard on a stone, always remember to add a green chilly and a pinch of salt to avoid getting a bitter paste.
Except the banana leaves mix all the ingredients and marinate the Cheese/ paneer in it.
Cut the banana leaves into 6 inch squares, brush oil on both surfaces.
Soak the strings in some ice cold water.
Wrap two pieces of cheese/ paneer with some of the mixture in the banana leaves.
Tie them with the cold strings.
Steam it in a pressure cooker for 12 mins.
Or else you can grill them in a microwave for 7 mins or so.

As said earlier, you can replace the paneer with fish or prawn or almost anything!

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