Mochar Paturi (Bengali Classic vegetarian food cooked in Banana leaf)

This is a part of the series ……. For the Chef in u

Contributed by YUMMRAJ’s favourite Chef ANONYMOUS
Takes a bit of patience to make but Super good to eat……………

Mochar Paturi

For all of u who stay in Coastal states of India, procuring banana leaf is easy. For the rest, there are markets in all cities that sell regional food – check those places out. In case u do not get it, use aluminum foil instead. The taste will almost be the same. The flavor of banana leaf will be missing.

Take one mocha (banana flower). Remove the red flap layers at every stage. What u r left with is tiny 1 inch sized sticks that look like mini bananas. Take each stick in hand & remove the central piths (the style of the flower / central stock). Mince the sticks into small pieces. This whole process might take a ton of ur patience – Ur problem gets solved in case u have domestic help.

Mocha - Banana flower

Soak overnight in water after adding ½ teaspoon each salt & turmeric.

Boil the mocha with plain water. Discard the water once the mocha softens.

Grind 3 tablespoons of mustard with 4 green chillies to a smooth paste. Grate ¼ coconut & keep aside.

Mix together the mustard paste, grated coconut, ½ teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 tablespoon mustard oil, 1 teaspoon sugar & salt to taste. Apply this paste to the mocha evenly & leave it to marinate for 1 hour.

Marination of mocha

Cut the banana leaves into approx. 15cm X 15 cm squares.

In order to make the banana leaf foldable, hold it over direct flame for a while. Without this process the banana leaf will be brittle.

Holding banana leaf on the flames

Add 2 tablespoons of marinated mocha on each banana leaf. Try to do this process together like in an assembly line.

marinated mocha on banana leaf

Fold the banana leaf as shown in the picture ……………………

Folding the banana leaf into a parcel.

……………….& tie it with a cotton thread. In case u r using aluminium foil, u do not need to tie – just seal the foil.

tie the parcel with a cotton thread

Take a flat tawa (griddle) & place it on the stove. Heat one tablespoon of mustard oil till it smokes. Place the banana leaf parcels on the tawa, cover with a lid & slow cook on low fire for approx. 10 minutes / till the green leaf starts showing brown patches.

color & texture of banana leaf changes after frying for 10 minutes

Turn the parcels post that & repeat the same process……………………. & ur mouthwatering paturi is ready

The final paturi

Enjoy this dish with steamed rice / just like that.

Note: U may also bake / steam the parcels instead of slow cooking in a tawa.

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