Chhanar Paturi Or Steamed Cottage Cheese/Paneer

Chhanar paturi or steamed cottage cheese. An easy to make paneer or cottage cheese dish from Bengali cuisine. You can make paturi with fish, eggs or any vegetable following this recipe. Just marinate the mashed paneer wrap with banana leaf and steam and your delicious paneer is ready. Serve this no onion garlic side dish steamed paneer or chhanar paturi with hot steamed rice and lemon wedges.

Now you can ask what is paturi. Literally meaning of paturi is wrapped in leaves. And leaves should be edible. You can use banana leaf or pumpkin leaf etc. Paturi can be made with fishes like hilsa or ilish, bhetki etc, eggs or make niramish paturi with chhana or paneer/cottage cheese, cauliflower, broad beans or any other vegetable following this recipe. You can also shallow fry these paturi instead of steaming. After wrapping with banana leaves shallow fry with mustard oil till leaves becomes brown. Earlier shared broad beans paturi in a different way. I have stuffed the broad beans before steaming. Click on the name for recipe. Stuffed steamed broad beans

And if you want the similar taste without steaming or wrapping with leaves check out my Cauliflower paturi

Sending this post to Facebook group Shhhhh Cooking Secretly challenge. Shhhhh Cooking Secretly a group started by Priya of Priya’s Versatile Recipes, is where every month food bloggers are paired up and give each other 2 secret ingredients to cook with according to the theme chosen. Theme of this month is steamed food suggested by Anu Kollon. Do check out her recipe of Kerala style steamed rice for this theme. This month my partner is Priya Vijaykrishnan. Priya gave me poppy seeds and curd and I gave her hing or asafoetida and ginger. And she made delicious Amiri khaman with these ingredients.

This chhanar paturi or steamed cottage cheese/paneer is very easy to make. Just marinate the mashed paneer, wrap with banana leaves and steam in steamer or pressure cooker. I have used my rice cooker to steam. If you don’t have steamer then you can use pressure cooker or pour sufficient water in a pot place a stand on the middle. Arrange paturi on a plate and place on the stand. Cover and steam till done. Or shallow fry the paturi on a pan with mustard oil. You can double the ingredients if require.


Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup

Mustard powder – 1 tablespoon

Poppy seeds or khaskhas – 2 tablespoon

Green chilli – 3 – 4 or to taste

Coconut – 1/4 cup, grated or finely chopped

Mustard oil – 1 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Thick curd or yogurt – 1 tablespoon

Cashew nuts to garnish, optional

Banana leaf – 1

Cotton thread as required


1. Wash the banana leaf from both sides. Wipe with a kitchen towel. Heat a pan and place the banana leaf over it. Heat the leaf from both sides. Leaf shouldn’t be burned. Just heat to make the leaf little soft.

2. Mash the paneer or cottage cheese well to make smooth.

3. Grind the poppy seeds. Add coconut and 1 – 2 green chilli. Use very little water if require to make smooth paste.

4. Mix the paste in mashed paneer. Add salt, mustard oil, curd or yogurt, turmeric powder and mustard powder. Mix well. Mash again to make smooth.

5. Cut the banana leaf into two pieces. I have made two paturi. You can make small sized 4 paturi. Cut the banana leaf accordingly.

6. Grease the banana leaf pieces with mustard oil if you want. I didn’t. Gently shape the paneer mixture into square or rectangular. Place on banana leaf pieces. Place 1 slit green chilli and cashew nuts over it.

7. Wrap the leaf and make like an envelop.Tie with a cotton thread.

8. Boil the water in steamer. Place the envelopes on steamer. Cover and steam for 15 to 20 minutes.

9. Open the envelopes and serve delicious paturi with steamed rice and lemon wedges.


1. Use green chilli according to your spice tolerance.

2. Instead of steaming you can also shallow fry these paturi in a pan. Fry till the banana leaf becomes brown.

3. Lemon juice can be used instead of curd or yogurt.

4. You can also use 1-2 teaspoon lemon juice in the marination with curd.

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Stuffed Steamed Hyacinth Or Broad Beans

Stuffed steamed broad beans or Hyacinth beans. A no onion garlic recipe.
Broad beans called sheem, sem, hyacinth beans or butter beans.
Hyacinth beans are copper and iron rich vegetable.

According to Wikipedia, it is native to Africa and it is cultivated throughout the tropics for food. English language common names include hyacinth bean, lablab-bean bonavist bean/pea, dolichos bean, seim bean, lablab bean, Egyptian kidney bean, Indian bean, bataw and Australian pea. It is the only species in the
monotypic genus Lablab.

It also contains a number of vitamin such vitamin A, B vitamins, and vitamin C. it also contains some minerals such copper, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus.
Its helps to loss weight, prevent cancer, promote immune system, maintain healthy digestion, reduce cholesterol, improve cardiovascular health, ease asthma, enhance mood, improve brain function and treat insomnia, sore throat etc.

Broad beans or Hyacinth beans stuffed with coconut and poppy seeds. Very easy to make yet delicious. Goes well with steamed rice.
You don’t need to saute fry or spend long hours in kitchen. You can prepare the stuffing and stuff the beans one day before and refrigerate. Just steam before meal time.

Recipe credit goes to my sister in law law Kajol. We love to talk about different recipes. And she has huge ideas and recipes. I never miss any of her recipe. Tried her every recipes and loved them. Thanks a lot Kajol for this awesome recipe.

If you love poppy seeds and coconut like me then its perfect for you.
You don’t need much spices to make it. You need only mustard oil, green chilli, coconut, poppy seeds, salt and sugar. Now have a look on the recipe.


Broad beans – 250 gram

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon

Green chilli – 4 – 5 to garnish

Chilli flakes to garnish, optional

One medium sized banana leaf

For stuffing

Coconut – 1 cup, grated or finely chopped

Poppy seeds or khaskhas – 4 tablespoon

Green chilli – 2 – 3

Oil – 2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sugar to taste


1. Wash and pat dry the broad beans or Hyacinth beans.

2. Cut the both tips and pull off the strings from the edges of both sides.
Carefully open from one side. See the picture below for method.

3. Soak the poppy seeds in hot water or microwave for one minute on full power with water to soak. Soak for 15 – 30 minutes for easy grinding.

4. Grind the soaked poppy seeds and green chilli. Add grated coconut in the grinder. Grind again and make a smooth paste.

5. Heat 2 teaspoon oil in a pan. Add the poppy seeds, coconut and green chilli paste, salt and sugar in it.

6. Saute till the mixture dried up completely.
Let it cool down.

7. Stuff the beans with this mixture.

8. Place a cleaned and washed banana leaf on the steamer basket. Arrange the stuffed beans over it.

9. Spread the remaining stuffing and 2 tablespoon mustard oil.
Place few green chillies. Sprinkle little red chilli flakes. Red chilli flakes is optional. I have sprinkled to add some colour. You can omit it if you want.

10. Pour 2 cup of water in the steamer. Place the steamer basket over it.

11. Cover and steam for 20 – 25 minutes or until the beans become tender.
Serve hot with steamed rice.


1. Use fresh coconut to make it.

2. Add little sugar to enhance the taste.

3. You can saute the stuffing with any oil but don’t forget to sprinkle mustard oil for perfect taste and flavour.

4. Remove the strings from beans carefully before cooking.

5. Use chillies according to your taste.

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Oats With Poppy Seeds And Mustard 

Oats with poppy seeds and mustard.

Do you like oats for your breakfast? And bored with regular overnight oats or oats porridge?

This time try this healthy oats in a delicious and different way. Make it with poppy seeds and mustard. A delicious way to enjoy healthy oats. You can get many more oats recipes here.

Oats Are Incredibly Nutritious.

Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth.

They’re a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.

Studies show that oats and oatmeal have many health benefits.

These include weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and a reduced risk of heart disease.

Whole Oats Are Rich in Antioxidants, Including Avenanthramides. …

Oats Contain a Powerful Soluble Fiber Called Beta-Glucan. …

They Can Lower Cholesterol Levels and Protect LDL Cholesterol From Damage.


Recipe is very easy. I have tried oats with some special spices of Bengal. And everyone loved the taste.


Oats  – 1 cup
Poppy seeds  – 2 tablespoon
Green chillies – 2
Mustard powder  – 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Red chilli powder – 1/4 teaspoon
Dry red chilli – 1
Mustard oil – 2 tablespoons
Water – 1 and 1/4 cup


Soak poppy seeds in hot water or microwave with little water for 1 minute on high power.

Let it cool and grind with green chillies. Make a smooth paste.

Soak mustard powder in 2 tablespoons water and keep aside.

Heat oil in a nonstick pan. When the oil reached smoking point fry the dry red chilli. Remove from oil and keep it aside.

Now in same oil add poppy seeds and green chilli paste.

Saute and add salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Stir continuously. Saute till the mixture dried up and leaves the sides.

Add soaked mustard powder, oats and water. Mix well and cook until the mixture dried up completely. You can also add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves if you like.

Switch off the flame.

Garnish with fried red chilli, coriander leaves and green chilli.

Serve hot.

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Eggs In Mustard And Poppy Seeds Or Sorse Posto Dim

Sorshe posto dim or eggs in mustard and poppy seeds. 

Eggs are easy to cook and always available. Whenever I want to cook in a hurry eggs are there for rescue. 

But it will be boring if we have to cook onion tomato gravy everytime. So here is a delicious curry recipe with some different spices. Mustard and poppy seeds or sorse/sarso posto/khaskhas curry. The recipe is from Bengali cuisine. Very easy, quick, spicy  and tasty.

Eggs are not only delicious, they are extremely nutritious too. Eggs are an excellent source of protein and provide essential nutrients. 

With high quality protein its provide vitamins and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper.

I have made this egg curry with potato. Potatoes makes the curry more yummy. 


Eggs – 2 -3

Potato – 1 large 

Mustard powder – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon 

Poppy seeds or khaskhas/posto – 2 teaspoon 

Tomato – 1 chopped 

Green chilli – 3 – 4

Garlic cloves – 3

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon 

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon 

Salt to taste 

Nigella seeds or Kalonji – 1/4 teaspoon 

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon


Peel and chop the potato in length wise. Wash them properly. 

Boil the eggs and peel them. Pierce with a knife and keep aside. 

Soak the mustard powder in little water. Stir well. Make a smooth paste. 

Soak poppy seeds in hot water or microwave with water for 1 minutes on high power. Let it soak for 1/2 an hour. Soaking make it easy to grind. 

Now grind the poppy seeds with 2 green chilli and garlic. Make a smooth paste. Add tomato in it and grind again into a smooth and fine paste. 

Heat oil in a pan. Add the nigella seed or kalonji. Then add potatoes. Fry till the potatoes starts to change it’s colour. Add the poppy seeds, green chilli, garlic and tomato paste. 

Saute and add salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Saute till oil leaves the sides. 

Add soaked mustard powder, mix well and add water as require to make gravy. Add the eggs and 1 -2 green chilli. Let it boil. Cover and cook on low flame until the potato becomes soft. 

Remove the cover. Check and adjust the seasoning. Adjust the thickness of the gravy. You can add more water if require. I like the gravy thick. 

Add 1 teaspoon mustard oil mix and switch off the flame. Adding oil at the end is optional. You can skip it if you don’t like. 

Make the eggs half before serving. You can half them before frying too. Cut the eggs length wise.  Or keep the eggs full if you like. 

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and green chilli. Serve hot with steamed rice.