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Monday, 12 June 2017

Oal Paturi (Steamed Yam cooked in Banana Leaf - Bengali Style)



          This is one amazing dish that I came across in one of the TV cookery shows. Was quite impressed by its simplicity and it was absolutely true when I prepared it. It was awesome and delicious with just plain steamed rice. 

          In this recipe Elephant Yam (Suran) is mixed with mustard-coconut paste, onion, garlic, coriander leaves and other seasonings. It is then steam cooked in a banana leaf. So go ahead and give it a try by following a step by step method with photos to prepare it.






          Paturi is a traditional Bengali style of steam cooking in a banana leaf. Usually fish is prepared in this manner, but never knew that veggies too can be made in the same way. It turns out simply delicious. Besides rice, they can also be had with plain chapatti or parathas. You can also try with raw banana and arvi.






  • 500 gms. Elephant Yam (boiled & grated)
  • 2 tsp. mustard oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp. mustard seeds
  • 2 tbsp. fresh grated coconut
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1 tsp. lime juice
  • 3 tbsp. coriander leave
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • few whole fresh red chilies
  • banana leaf as required






          In a bowl, mix together all the above mentioned ingredients (except the last two). 

          Take few pieces of banana leaves and place them on the open flame for a few seconds to make them more pliable. 

          Place some of the yam mix in the centre of the leaf and place a chili on it. Gently fold the leaf securely to make a parcel. (You can also tie it up with a thread). 

          Make Similar parcels following the same method. Steam for 12-15 minutes. Set aside to cool. Open the banana leaf parcel and serve with steamed rice.





                               Grate the boiled Yam / Suran



                 In a bowl, mix together all the mentioned ingredients (except the last two). 



                   Place some of the yam mix in the centre of the leaf and place a chili on it. 



                  Gently fold the leaf to make a parcel. (You can also tie it up with a thread). 



                                Steam for 12-15 minutes. Set aside to cool. 



                               Open the banana leaf parcel and serve with steamed rice.

















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