Patra Ni Machchi


For the fish:
1 kg fish (with bone, cut into 60 g pieces)
4 tbsp lemon juice
4 banana leaves

For the chutney:
1 cup fresh coconut, finely grated
2 cups fresh coriander (with stem and roots)
¼ cup mint
¼ cup sugar
50 g garlic, peeled
10 g green chilli
1 tsp cumin seeds
Ice water to blend
Lemons, sliced, for garnish


  1. Marinate the fish pieces with salt and lemon juice and keep aside for 1-2 hours.
  2. Blend all the ingredients for the chutney in a mixer. Keep aside.
  3. Soften the banana leaves by passing them lightly over the low flame of a gas burner. Then, cut away the stalk. Cut the leaf into squares large enough to wrap the fish pieces.
  4. Arrange the leaf on a clean surface. Apply one layer of chutney, then place the fish on it.  Top the fish with another layer of chutney.
  5. Pack the fish parcel with the help of a toothpick or string.
  6. Steam the parcel in a rice cooker or idli steamer for 15 minutes or until the fish is cooked.
  7. Garnish with lemons and serve with onion rings.
  8. Serve with boiled millets tossed with curry leaves and coconut.