Asian Home Recipe

Banana Leaf Steamed Fish Recipe

Ingredients :

750 g



1 teaspoon

2 cloves


1/2 cup

1 teaspoon

1/2 teaspoon

1/2 cup

2 tablespoons

2 teaspoons

1 teaspoon

Fish fillets

Large lemon

Medium onions

Finely chopped fresh ginger


Fresh green chilies, seeded and chopped

Chopped fresh coriander leaves

Ground cumin

Ground fenugreek

Fresh grated coconut

Ghee or oil


Garam masala

Banana leaves


Method :
  • Wash the fish, dry with paper towels and rub over with salt. Leave aside while preparing masala.

  • Peel the lemon, removing all the white pith.

  • Cut the lemon in pieces and discard all seeds.

  • Put into container of electric blender with one roughly chopped onion, ginger, garlic, chilies, fresh coriander, cumin and fenugreek.

  • Blend on high speed until pureed, then add coconut and blend again.

  • Heat oil and fry remaining onions, finely chopped, until soft and golden.

  • Add blended mixture and fry, stirring, for a few minutes.

  • Remove from heat.

  • Add salt and garam masala.

  • Coat each fillet with the mixture.

  • Wrap securely in banana leaves and steam over gently simmering water for 30 minutes, turning parcel once.

  • Serve in the leaf parcels.
    have a bowl or plate to collect leaves as each person unwraps the fish fillets.


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