Ilish Macher Paturi

Ilish Macher Paturi


  • 4-6 pieces of ilish (hilsa) fish
  • 1/2 cup mustard paste
  • 1/2 cup coconut paste
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2-3 tablespoons mustard oil
  • Banana leaves or aluminum foil for wrapping
  • Thread or toothpicks for securing the wraps


  1. Wash the ilish fish pieces and pat them dry with a paper towel. Rub the fish pieces with turmeric powder and salt and keep them aside for 10-15 minutes.
  2. In a bowl, mix together mustard paste, coconut paste, ginger paste, garlic paste, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt.
  3. Heat the mustard oil in a frying pan or kadhai over medium heat.
  4. Add the chopped onions to the pan and fry until they turn translucent.
  5. Add the mustard and coconut paste mixture to the pan and fry for 2-3 minutes until the raw smell disappears.
  6. Remove the pan from heat and let the mixture cool down.
  7. Take banana leaves or aluminum foil and cut them into squares large enough to wrap each fish piece.
  8. Spread a spoonful of the mustard and coconut paste mixture on one side of each leaf or foil and place a fish piece on top.
  9. Spread another spoonful of the mixture on top of the fish and wrap the leaf or foil to make a tight packet.
  10. Secure the wrap with thread or toothpicks.
  11. Heat a tawa or griddle over medium heat and place the wrapped fish packets on it.
  12. Cook each side for about 5-7 minutes until the banana leaf or aluminum foil turns brown and the fish is cooked through.
  13. Remove the packets from the tawa or griddle and serve hot.

Enjoy your delicious Ilish Macher Paturi!

Updated: 21 April 2023 — 08:27

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