30 January, 2017
Fish wrapped in Banana Leaf with delicious Chutney: Parsi Patra ni Maachi
While vacationing in Dahanu a couple of years back, and driving back to Gujarat from the Maharashtra state. I saw fisher women selling promfrets, pronounced locally as pamplets on the roadside. Dahanu is a coastal town and a municipal council in Palghar district in the state of Maharashtra, India. It is located 110 km from Mumbai city.
They had freezers in their lovely home to store their catch. However the fresh fish would be sold within 2 hours and if you wanted any pamplet or prawns you better rush there in the morning.
These fishermen and fisher women live along the coast line of Dahanu with their houses on the beaches. Living a simple life they make a living catching the ocean bounty. I talked with the mother and father whose son was coming to USA to study. Now that’s progress !
Patra ni Maachi chutney is very easy to make. With fresh cilantro, lemon juice and other ingredients. The same chutney can be used to make chutney sandwiches at a later time.
Banana leaves are found in US in many Indian, Korean and Chinese Stores. The word “Patra” literally means “Leaf” in gujarati. “Maachi” means “Fish”. So do not be intimidated by the strange words, translated, the dish is Fish wrapped in Banana Leaf with delicious Chutney.
I have found pamplets in US in HMarts, called by a different name – plammuro. These are a bit yellow and not as white as found in India. They do have the same look, taste, texture and feel.
Some wiki facts:
|Atlantic pomfret, Brama brama|
Pomfrets are perciform fishes belonging to the family Bramidae. The family includes about 20 species.
They are found in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans, and the largest species, the Atlantic pomfret, Brama brama, grows up to 1 m (3.3 ft) long. Fish meat is white in color.
Several species are important food sources for humans, especially Brama brama in the South Asia. The earlier form of the pomfret’s name was pamflet, a word which probably ultimately comes from Portuguese pampo, referring to various fish such as the blue butterfish (Stromateus fiatola). This fish also called as ‘Maanji’ (ಮಾಂಜಿ) in Tulu and paplet in Urdu, Marathi and Nawayathi.
- Several species of butterfishes in the genus Pampus are also known as “pomfrets”.
- Some species of pomfrets are also known as monchong, specifically in Hawaiian cuisine.
- Above referenced from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I found a substitute fish here in the US called “Palmunaro” in H-MART. They are similar to pamplet from India.
|Recipe for Patra ni Maachi with Leeli Chutney.
Grind together for chutney: