One of my mashi is married to a family who is better known in their neighborhood as paturi bari. Ilish (Hilsa) paturi being the most famous, they make paturi with shrimp, egg and even with dal. Paturi is the process of cooking fish in mustard sauce inside a banana or plantain leaf wrap.
I am not a connoisseur of ilish, so whenever I visited my mashi she used make either egg paturi or shrimp paturi for me.
This time when I got a big packet of banana leaf at Indian store I picked it up without even giving a second thought. My initial plan was to make shrimp paturi. However, I thought I’d make it with eggs so that my eggeterian friends could also enjoy it.
- 4 hard boiled eggs
- 2 medium sized potato boiled and peeled
- 1 medium red onion sliced
- 1 tsp. yellow mustard seeds
- 1 tsp. black mustard seeds
- 1 clove garlic
- 4,5 hot green chilies
- Few cilantro chopped
- 2,3 tbsp. mustard oil
- Salt to taste
First the marinade has to be made. Make a wet paste of mustard seeds with 2 green chilies and garlic. Add a tsp. of turmeric powder to it.
Now remove the shell of the boiled eggs and cut them into quarters.
In a separate plate take the boiled potatoes and mash them. To it add sliced onions, cilantro and the pieces of eggs.
Pour the marinade over it along with some salt. Mix them gently using hands instead of spoons. Let it rest for 15 minutes.
By this time season the banana leaf for wrapping. Wash it under running water and wipe it dry.
Now turn the heat on and just swipe it over the heating coil or the flame. This will make the banana leaf more pliable so that it won’t tear when you try to fold it.
Alternatively you can dip the leaves under hot water to make them soft.
Now take two rectangular piece of banana leaf and place he marinated egg in the center of it. Fold the sides by overlapping each other to make a packet and secure them by tying with your kitchen twine. I used my quilting thread to tie them up.
Arrange the packets on a frying pan and allow them to cook covered on low heat till the outer leaf of the packet turns brown. Turn it over and allow it to cook the other side as well. Alternative you can arrange the packets in a microwavable dish and microwave it for high power for 10 minutes.
Enjoy with hot rice.