Patra ni machi is an impressive but simple dish of fish cooked in banana leaf. A tangy and spicy chutney is slathered on the fresh fish before it is wrapped in sturdy banana leaves and steamed for a healthy and appetizing meal.
This dish comes from the Parsi community in the northwestern state of Gujurat. It is usually served at weddings and special occasions. The banana leaf not only makes for a great steaming vessel but it also adds a fresh aroma to the fish. The fish is paired with aromatic Parsi brown rice, which is slightly sweet from the onions, complimenting the spicy chutney. Get ready, this dish is as fun to make as it is to eat.