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Tandoori Fish - 5, Patra-Ne-Machchi

Patra Ni Machchi - 5, Green Chutney Masala Fish

Mamta Gupta

This is a tandoori or oven cooked fish, with the distinctive flavour of fresh Coriander and Mint Chutney. It is traditionally cooked wrapped in a banana leaf. However, cooking it wrapped in Aluminium foil gives just as good a result. It tastes best when freshly served.

It can also be cooked on a BBQ, wrapped in a foil.

Serves 4

Edited October 2023


  • 4 fish fillets, 1 per person - any fish of choice is fine

  • Chutney/marinade Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of coriander leaves, washed and roughly chopped

  • 1 small bunch of fresh mint leaves, washed (or 1 tbsp. mint sauce)

  • 2 tbsp. grated coconut, fresh or desiccated. If using dessicated, soak in hot water for 30 minutes or so.

  • 4-5 green chillies (to taste), stalks removed

  • 1 raw green mango, peeled, stone removed and flesh chopped roughly (or a cooking apple, core removed and chopped)

  • 1 lemon, rind removed and flesh quartered

  • 1 tsp. of dry roasted cumin seeds or powder

  • Salt to taste (a bit of black salt added, gives better flavour)

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil

  • Banana leaves cut into 4 large enough pieces to wrap each fish/fillet or aluminium foil or baking parchment/paper.


  1. Wash and dry fish/fish fillets on a kitchen towel. Keep aside.

  2. Put all marinade ingredients in a blender and grind to a paste.

  3. Adjust salt/ chilli/ lemon to taste. It should be hot and spicy.

  4. Cover fish fillets on both sides in this paste and marinate for a couple of hours, if possible overnight.

  5. Unless you have access to fresh banana leaves, cut 4 pieces of aluminium foil or banana leaves, large enough to wrap around each fillet. Brush it with oil.

  6. Place fillets on top, wrap foil/banana leaf/parchment paper around it to make a parcel.

  7. Bake in the centre of a hot oven at 230C or 450F.

  8. Cook for 10 minutes. When fish is cooked, it flakes easily if touched with a knife. Do not overcook fish. This makes it leathery.

  9. Serve hot, freshly cooked, with salad or Plain Pulao Rice.


  • If you don't have an oven, you can cook this fish in a frying pan, with a little oil.

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