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Kerala Meen Pollichathu/Fish Pollichathu

Cooking Time

Preparation Time : 10

Cook Time : 20

Total Time : 30

Ingredients

Serves 4

  • Fish 3 nos

  • Shallots/small onion 500 gms

  • tomato 2 nos

  • Coconut oil, for frying 2 cups

  • For marination: Kashmiri Chilly Powder 1 tsp

  • Chilli Powder 1 tsp

  • Pepper powder 1/2 tsp

  • turmeric powder 1/4 tsp

  • Salt 1 pinch

  • Lemon Juice 1 tbsp

  • For Grinding: Green chilly 2 nos

  • Kashmiri Chilly Powder 2 tsp

  • Pepper Corns 1 tsp

  • ginger 1 nos

  • Garlic cloves 4 nos

  • Curry leaves 1 sprig

  • Coconut oil 1 tsp

Directions

  • 01

    Clean the fish and wash them with salt and lemon juice thoroughly

  • 02

    Then make gashes on each side of the fish

  • 03

    Now make a paste of chilly powders turmeric powder pepper powder salt and lemon juice

  • 04

    Marinate the fish with this paste and keep aside for at least 20 minutes

  • 05

    Then heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the fish for 2 minutes in each side

  • 06

    Now transfer the fish to a kitchen towel to remove excess oil,Keep aside

  • 07

    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

  • 08

    Keep aside this masala paste

  • 09

    Now heat 2tsp of oil preferably the oil we used for frying the fish

  • 10

    To this add onion,Saute for 1 minute

  • 11

    Then saute till they become light brown colour

  • 12

    At this stage add the masala paste and saute till the raw smell of the masala goes

  • 13

    Then add finely chopped tomatoes and saute till the tomatoes are well cooked

  • 14

    Cook for another 5 minutes in low flame,Check the salt

  • 15

    Remove from the fire and let it cool for 10 minutes

  • 16

    Now take banana leaves and wash and wipe away the water

  • 17

    Cut into medium sized pieces

  • 18

    Soften the leaves by putting over the flame for few seconds so that the leaf wont break while wrapping

  • 19

    If u dont have banana leaves u can use foil paper but the taste differs

  • 20

    Soften another small piece of banana leaf also

  • 21

    Place the small one in the centre of the big one

  • 22

    Now take 1 1/2 tbsp of masala and place in the centre of the leaf or foil paper

  • 23

    Then place the fried fish above this masala and again place one layer of masala on top of the fish

  • 24

    For garnishing place green chilly slits 1 tomato slice and curry leaves and then wrap the fish tightly with banana leaf or foil paper

  • 25

    If u r using banana leaf u can tie it with a thread

  • 26

    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

  • 27

    If u are using foil paper ,no need to add oil just place the wrapped fish in the hot fry pan

  • 28

    Cook each side for 10 minutes in low flame

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