Kerala Meen Pollichathu/Fish Pollichathu

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Kerala Meen Pollichathu/Fish Pollichathu


Cooking Time

Preparation Time :10 Min

Cook Time : 20 Min

Total Time : 30 Min


Serves : 4
  • 3 nos fish

  • 500 gms shallots/small onion

  • 2 nos tomato

  • 2 cups coconut oil, for frying

  • 1 tsp for marination: kashmiri chilly powder

  • 1 tsp chilli powder

  • 1/2 tsp pepper powder

  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • 2 nos for grinding: green chilly

  • 2 tsp kashmiri chilly powder

  • 1 tsp pepper corns

  • 1 nos ginger

  • 4 nos garlic cloves

  • 1 sprig curry leaves

  • 1 tsp coconut oil


  • Clean the fish and wash them with salt and lemon juice thoroughly
  • Then make gashes on each side of the fish
  • Now make a paste of chilly powders turmeric powder pepper powder salt and lemon juice
  • Marinate the fish with this paste and keep aside for at least 20 minutes
  • Then heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the fish for 2 minutes in each side
  • Now transfer the fish to a kitchen towel to remove excess oil,Keep aside
  • Now grind garlic,ginger,pepper,chilly powder ,green chilly, curry leaves, turmeric powder and coconut oil together by adding less amount of water and make a very fine paste
  • Keep aside this masala paste
  • Now heat 2tsp of oil preferably the oil we used for frying the fish
  • To this add onion,Saute for 1 minute
  • Then saute till they become light brown colour
  • At this stage add the masala paste and saute till the raw smell of the masala goes
  • Then add finely chopped tomatoes and saute till the tomatoes are well cooked
  • Cook for another 5 minutes in low flame,Check the salt
  • Remove from the fire and let it cool for 10 minutes
  • Now take banana leaves and wash and wipe away the water
  • Cut into medium sized pieces
  • Soften the leaves by putting over the flame for few seconds so that the leaf wont break while wrapping
  • If u dont have banana leaves u can use foil paper but the taste differs
  • Soften another small piece of banana leaf also
  • Place the small one in the centre of the big one
  • Now take 1 1/2 tbsp of masala and place in the centre of the leaf or foil paper
  • Then place the fried fish above this masala and again place one layer of masala on top of the fish
  • For garnishing place green chilly slits 1 tomato slice and curry leaves and then wrap the fish tightly with banana leaf or foil paper
  • If u r using banana leaf u can tie it with a thread
  • Now take a heavy bottomed fry pan and heat 1 tsp of oil and place one piece of banana leaf and place the wrapped fish on top of that
  • If u are using foil paper ,no need to add oil just place the wrapped fish in the hot fry pan
  • Cook each side for 10 minutes in low flame