Pepper Fish cooked in Banana leaves

Patot diya generally refers to food wrapped in banana leaves and then grilled or steamed.There are

Patot diya generally refers to food wrapped in banana leaves and then grilled or steamed.There are many different recipes that use this technique.

6-8 small fish(muwa,darikona)
1/2 teaspoon pepper corns(jaluk)
1 teaspoon cumin seeds(jeera)
1/2 tsp onion seeds(kaljeera)
1/2 teaspoon garlic paste
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 banana leaf *

Grind together pepper,cumin and onion seeds with a little water to make a fine paste.Add turmeric and garlic to the paste.Mix well.
Marinate fish in the paste and salt for 20 minutes
Place the marinated fish on the banana leaf(photo1)
Drizzle a teaspoon of mustard oil and fold to make a parcel.
Secure with toothpick (photo2)
Steam fish packets or grill on an iron griddle(tawa) over a gas fire,
turning the parcels over a couple of times and allowing the leaf to char as the fish cooks.

*How to prepare the banana leaf :
*Select long banana leaves with no splits. Trim the leaves along the central spine. Wash and lightly dry. With a stove burner on low, slowly draw the leaf across the flame, SHINY SIDE DOWN,for few seconds until pliable and easy to use.

Recipe Source: http://www.facebook.com/assameserecipes

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