West Bengal offers a unique dish to tickle the palate



Paneer Paturi makes it on the Home Chef Series this week on SevenzTV

Home Chefs Series host Bharati Sonu (right) with Asish Ramakrishnan and Anamika Mitra (Photo by Sonu Kumar)

Venkat Raman
Auckland, April 1, 2023

The culinary art of West Bengal brings with it traditional hospitality and the true love of the people and when served with a popular dish such as Paneer Paturi, it becomes a special occasion.

It was no surprise that when Bharati Sonu, the host of SevenzTV asked Anamika Mitra and her husband Ashish Ramakrishnan for a feature on their weekly Home Chefs show that the famous Bengali dish was the first choice.

“Treat your tastebuds to the zingy flavour of Bengali Paneer Paturi,” Bharati told her father Sonu Kumar who is always the lensman who catches the action on his camera before becoming a willing guest to devour the dishes at the end of each episode.

The cooking process

Anamika cooked her version of Paneer Paturi as a vegetarian delicacy (which is our preference as well) with crumbled paneer or cottage cheese as the main ingredient.

As a native of West Bengal, she has the inherent expertise to cook this dish according to the tradition of the land.

“After the crumbled Paneer is mixed with all other ingredients and made into small flat round cakes, these are packed into finely cut banana leaves, the Paneer Paturi is steamed. It is tasty as well as a healthy option since this item is steamed cooked and not deep fried. It is also a great option for non-onion and non-garlic eaters. Paneer Paturi can also be a treat for non-vegetarians if the paneer is substituted by fish or prawns,” she said.

Bharati discovered that Paneer Paturi is a common food item in most Bengali festivals and social and traditional occasions.

“It was amazing to watch the care that Anamika took in wrapping up the Paneer Paturi in banana leaves and tying them with thread, making fine pockets. This delicacy is known for its pungent flavour with a tinge of green chilli. Paneer Paturi is served with rice or can be a starter. I discovered that making Paturi is an art,” she said.

The banana wrap-around adds to the taste of Panner Paturi says Anamika Mitra (Photo by Sonu Kumar)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Couple

Anamika is a marketing and communications professional. She is fun-loving and enjoys travelling. She is a passionate cook and an excellent host. A foodie, she goes to great lengths to cook meals made with a wide variety of ingredients. She is reported to experiment (with success, of course) with a new dish every day.

Ashish is Keralite from Bangalore. He is a renowned singer and event organiser in New Zealand. He has performed in more than 1000 concerts all over the world.

Ashish shares Anamika’s love to travel and is also a foodie.

“I have been fortunate to eat healthy and high-quality food prepared by my mother. I am now lucky to have good and tasty food prepared by my wife,” he said.

Ashish loves the company of people and enjoys making and serving unique cocktails for his friends and family.

Panner Paturi is a favourite vegetarian and non-vegetarian dish (Photo by Sonu Kumar)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Home Chefs Series

The Home Chefs series is a multicultural cooking show, produced and aired on SevenzTV. Since its launch on August 26, 2022, the Programme has been featuring tasty recipes from across the world. The series can be watched on the SevenzTV website. Each episode carries the recipe of the dish cooked. SevenzTV is an online multicultural ethnic community channel established by Sonu Kumar and Shoba Sonu in May 2020.

If you are a good Home Chef and have a delicious home recipe which you wish to share with thousands of people, email the photograph of the dish with your picture to ss@sevenztv.co.nz.

The chosen recipe would win a special food voucher.

This episode is available on www.sevenztv.co.nz, SevenzTV Facebook, YouTube and on all Indian Newslink platforms.

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