Grilled Fish Wraps In Turmeric Leaves

Turmeric has alot of benefits as we all know and turmeric leaves have antiseptic properties and hence it is used in Ayurvedic medicine. Turmeric leaves contain curcumin which is a powerful antioxidant.

Turmeric plant

Turmeric leaves have a neutral aroma and are used widely in the Goan community in India for making Patoli.

Patoli is a traditional recipe made by Goankars and Christians on 15th August which marks the feast of “The Assumption”. Turmeric leaves add a unique taste to this sweet recipe and your home will be filled with its beautiful aroma when you cook them.

But how about people who do not like to have sweets and would still like to use turmeric leaves in their diet once in a while. So here I’m sharing another recipe using them.

Grilled fish wraps where we are wrapping the fish into parcels of turmeric leaves. While grilling, the heat intensifies the flavor of the leaf which is transferred onto the fish giving it a wonderful aroma and adds a distinct flavor.

Surmai/Seer Fish 4-5 pieces
Turmeric leaves 7-8
Fresh grated 1/2 coconut
1 cup coriander leaves
1 cup mint leaves
1 tsp cumin seeds
7-8 cloves of garlic
1 inch ginger
1 lemon’s juice
Green chilies as per preferred spiciness

Wash the turmeric leaves and pat them dry with a kitchen towel.

Turmeric leaves

Clean and wash the pieces of fish well. You can even use mackerel/bangda fish in this recipe. Make sure to make slits on the mackerel.

Surmai/ Seer fish

Make a coarse paste of coconut, ginger, garlic, green chilies, coriander leaves, mint leaves, cumin seeds and lemon juice. Do not use water to make this paste. The marinade is ready.

Coconut marinade

Marinate the fish and leave it aside for an hour.

Marinated fish

Now wrap the pieces of marinated fish in the turmeric leaves.

Wrap each piece of fish in turmeric leaf

One piece of fish will be wrapped in one leaf. If the leaf is not broad enough, use another leaf to cover it sideways and then secure it with a piece of thread. Wrap all the fish pieces similarly.

Fish wrapped in turmeric leaf

Heat up the grill pan and grease it with oil liberally. When heated, add the wrapped fish and simmer the flame to make sure the fish cooks well inside the leaves. Keep drizzling with oil if necessary.

Flip the pieces when grilled on the bottom side.
Once the leaves turn brown and crisp, the fish is done. To make sure, unwrap one piece and try it.

Grilled fish wraps in turmeric leaves

Serve it with a side of grilled veggies and steamed rice.

Grilled fish wrap in turmeric leaves

This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla

44 thoughts on “Grilled Fish Wraps In Turmeric Leaves

  1. This grilled fish wrap is one of my favourite dishes and Loved the way you briefed it with some superb pictures. A must-try dish for sure.

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  2. We eat a dish that’s close to this recipe. Our dish is called Paturi. I think it’s quite similar to your recipe. This is so mouth watering. Loved it too much. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Wow, this recipe seems so good and unique. I am sure all the fish lovers would like to try their hands-on recipe. The leaf wrap seems very nice and unique to me. Will suggest this to my friend who loves fish dishes.

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  4. This looks like a must-try. I love the flavor of coriander in fish. And the subtle flavor of turmeric will surely be delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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  5. Turmeric is such a time-tested natural ingredient with many medicinal properties. It is a standard ingredient in almost all curries and other preparations. Was not aware though of the use of Turmeric leaves. Sandy N Vyjay

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  6. Amazing recipe , would really like to try some day at home . This is really something new for mumbaikar. I know something similar called patrani machi .

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  7. I never heard about turmeric leaves wrapped grilled fish. We usually use banana leaves for this recipe. New for me and would love to try this one.

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  8. I have a thing for coastal traditional dishes like Patoli. Would love to read your recipe and try the same today. The only issue I think I’ll face will be to procure turmeric leaves. Not sure if the leaves are easily available in my locality.

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  9. I have seen my Tai maa used to make these fish wraps which seems to be very tempting. But being a vegetarian never tried nor tasted it. But for my husband and kiddos, I would definitely give it a try.

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  10. Being a vegetarian I don’t know much about this but I am definitely reading this way of cooking in wraps for the first time.

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  11. Wow I can’t wait to try this recipe at my place. But just a question are these turmeric leaves easily available in market? What are they called commonly?

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