Karimeen Pollichathu/Pearl Spot Cooked in Banana Leaves

Karimeen Pollichathu

One of the popular foods of Kerala, marinated pearl spot fish is wrapped in banana leaf and grilled resulting in one of the delicious fish delicacy of Kerala. Pearl spot is the official state fish of Kerala. It is a fresh water fish and always found in the backwaters of Alleppey and Kottayam. Karimeen pollichathu/Karimeen fry is always a top menu in the house boats. Instead of banana leaves you can try it with aluminium foil. I would always recommend using leaves to get the authentic taste.You can also  use king fish, pomfret for this.

Ingredients

  • Pearl Spot/Karimeen – 2, medium
  • Small / pearl onion – 15, sliced
  • Ginger – 1″ piece
  • Garlic – 5 cloves
  • Green chilly – 2
  • Red chilli powder – 1.5 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder – 1.5 teaspoon
  • Tomato – 1

To marinate

  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Pepper powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Kashmiri chilly powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Lime juice – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt

Preparation

  1. Make gashes on both sides of the cleaned fish. Marinate the fish with the ingredients and keep aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Fry the marinated fish on each side till it is half done.
  3. Heat coconut oil in a pan and add sliced small onion. When it becomes golden brown, add crushed ginger, garlic and chopped green chilly.
  4. Add chilly and coriander powder and mix well. Add chopped tomato, curry leaves and salt. Mix it well and cook till tomato becomes soft. Add 2 tablespoon of water and cook till the masala has become thick.
  5. Lightly heat a banana leaf on stove top(it helps in holding the shape while folding it). Place some masala on the leaves and keep the fried fish on top of it. Cover the fish with another layer of masala.
  6. Wrap the banana leaves from all the sides make it into a packet and tie it with banana fiber or cooking thread.
  7. Roast the wrapped fish on a hot tava, flip and cook in low flame till both sides are done, 5 minutes on each side. Keep it covered for some time. Open the packet and serve.

Karimeen Pollichathu

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. fish wrapped in banana leaf!! Yummiest thing in the world 🙂

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    1. Anu Yalo says:

      yes, it is very tasty!!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Suja Manoj says:

    Yummy,makes me drool.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. navane64 says:

    Wish I can one of these parcels. I am tempted.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Anu Yalo says:

      you try it once…

      Like

  4. Soma Saharay says:

    This looks so yum… a must try….

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Anu Yalo says:

      Yes, it is very tasty!!

      Like

  5. payel says:

    I like anything cooked inside the banana leafs..I love fish too.This recipes looks delicious .

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Anu Yalo says:

      It is a Kerala delicacy. Try it once, you will like it for sure.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. payel says:

        I’m from Kolkata,and fish in banana leafs is one of our delicacy too.We got similar culture 😃💛

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  6. Looks absolutely tempting and delicious! Can we use parchment paper as well?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Anu Yalo says:

      yes, you can…
      Thanks for your visit…

      Liked by 1 person

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