Paneer Paturi

Adapt a traditional Bengali fish recipe to a vegetarian (vegan, if you use tofu!) one and enjoy a light and flavourful meal this summer! A barely-there drizzle of mustard oil brings a sharpness to the otherwise sparsely spiced dish, and the fresh banana leaves trap all the lovely juices in. Pair with daal-chawal or a side of salad.


  • 200 grams of fresh paneer, cut into four chunks
  • a small handful of fresh green coriander
  • ½ cup fresh grated coconut
  • 2 green chilies
  • ½ teaspoon yellow mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon brown mustard
  • Salt to taste
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 banana leaves, central vein trimmed and cut into 4 squares large enough to wrap the paneer in
  • 2-3 teaspoons mustard oil


  1. Place all ingredients except the paneer, mustard oil and banana leaves in a mixer jar and grind to a coarse paste without adding any water.
  2. Soften the banana leaf squares by gently moving them over a naked flame.
  3. On a plate, lay one square of the leaf, light green side up. On this, spread a tablespoonful of the coconut mixture.
  4. Place a chunk of paneer on the mixture and top with some more mixture.
  5. Drizzle a few drops of mustard oil.
  6. Fold the leaf into a neat parcel. Secure with twine or thread if required.
  7. Steam for 8-10 minutes and serve hot.

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