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Machcha Patropoda

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Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
3 whole dry red chilies
For the main preparation :
1 Whole fish
2 tsp masala
1/4 tsp of salt
1 tsp chopped green chilies
1/4 tsp turmeric
7 curry leaves
Chopped coriander leaves
1 sliced onion
1 tbsp mustard oil

Machcha Patropoda

Features:
  • Non Veg
Cuisine:
  • 55 mins
  • Serves 2
  • Easy

Ingredients

  • For the main preparation :

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Machcha Patropoda also known as the “Fish wrapped in Banana Leaf” has been a staple of Orissa’s cuisine for decades. It has not only gotten national acclaim but has also managed to sway the taste buds of those abroad. It is a wonderful combination of the crisp and juicy fish with the delicate flavor of the banana leaf. It is a dish that takes a short time to prepare and can be enjoyed on a number of occasions.

Health benefits:

  • All kinds of fish contain high quality protein, iodine, vitamins and several minerals.
  • They also contain fat-soluble Vitamin D.
  • These are also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which are optimal to increase the body’s immune system.
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How to Make Machcha Patropoda

  1. Make sure the fish you use is fresh and properly scaled.
  2. The best kind of fish to use would be a medium sized one.
  3. Once you’ve de-scaled the fish, clean out its insides.
  4. Thoroughly clean the fish and cut it into small pieces.
  5. Clean these pieces separately using ice cold water.
  6. To prepare the masala; add salt, green chilies, turmeric, curry leaves, coriander leaves and mix them well.
  7. Once they’re properly mixed and gain a golden brown texture add onions and mustard oil.
  8. Continue mixing until the onions have the golden brown texture as well.
  9. Turn off the heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
  10. Take out this masala and leave at room temperature.
  11. Properly marinate the fish pieces using the masala.
  12. Once you’ve properly marinated the fish, wrap them up in the banana leaf.
  13. You can cut and scale the banana leaf pieces as per the size of servings you want.
  14. Tie up these banana lead wrapped fish with a thread.
  15. Place these sealed banana leaves on coal.
  16. Let them cook on the coal for 15-20 minutes.
  17. Serve them hot.

Trivia:

  • There are more than 27,000 different kinds of fish species in the world.
  • The Whale shark is the largest species of fish anywhere in the world.

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