Ilish Paturi in Microwave

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Yes, we bled blue. After 28 years of wait, at last the world cup came back once again to India. The excitement and thrill was at its peak. Just as Dhoni played the shot the last 6, the dream for Sri Lanka was over. The entire country rejoiced. Just before the match, the roads seemed to be deserted like in during strikes, but the scene changed just after that last shot. It seemed the entire city has come out – age no bar – every body was on the road sharing their bit of joy. Here’s one click from the roads, for more click on to Chak De India album.

To share this joy here’s a simple recipe from us – ilish paturi in microwave. Paturi literally means cooking something wrapped in fresh leaves, generally plantain. The mkicrowave recipe is a simple and quick one without any hassle. Click for more hilsa recipe.

Serves 8
Preparation 5 mins
Cooking 8 mins


  • 8 pieces of ilish/hilsa
  • 8 pieces of 6” square plantain leaves
  • ½ cup mustard seed paste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 8 green chillies
  • 4 tablespoon mustard oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Kitchen thread for wrapping


  • Clean the fish, mix all the spices; season with salt
  • Pour the oil generously over the fish
  • Wrap each piece with plantain leaf and tie with the kitchen thread
  • Place the pieces on a microwave safe plate
  • Micro high (100% /  800 watts) for 6-8min
  • Serve hot with warm rice

Hot Tips – Before wrapping, roast the leaves for a minute to make them soft and easier to fold. The fresh leaves tend to break along the veins. While wrapping make sure that no part of the fish is outside the leaf, which will make it very dry.

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