Monday, February 28, 2011

Meen pollichathu/ Fish fry in plantain leaf wrap

This is a "must try" aromatic & tasty recipe from Kerala  usually done with fresh fish "Pearl spot fish" which is karimeen in Malayalam & Paraimeen in Tamil, marinated with different spices & cooked in banana leaf. 

Fish fillets - 4 ( Any veriety of fish can be used, I used Tilapia fillets)
Oil - For frying
Plantain leaves-  4 ( to wrap the fish)
Cilantro - For Garnishing

For Fish Marination:
Lemon juice - 2 tsp or to taste
Chicken 65 powder - 1 tsp or to taste
Red chili powder - 2tsp
Corainder powder - 11/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4tsp
Salt - to taste

For Gravy:
Onion  - 2 ( chopped finely) or pearl onion-1cup
Tomato - 2 (chopped finely)
Green chili - 1( small, minced) optional
Ginger - 1" minced
Garlic - 5~6 pods minced
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red chili powder - 2 tsp or to taste
Coriander powder - 1 1/4 tsp or to taste
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Fennel powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 1/4 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tsp or to taste
Coconut milk - 2 tbsp ( optional)
Salt to taste

For Seasoning:
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - As required


Fish fry
  • Wash & clean fish fillets, You can also use whole fish like Pomfret fish... Just do 4 ~5 slit on the fish.
  • Mix all marinate ingredients together & make a thick paste.
  • Apply masala on both the sides of the fish and rest it for minimum 1hour.
  • For whole fish,  apply masala inside the slits also, so it will penetrate inside the fish too.
  • Heat Oil in a pan at low heat & place the fish.
  • Fry on both side til slightly roasted & keep it ready, don't want to fry fish too crispy or overcook as we do for normal fish fry. Continue with all the fillets.

For Gravy:
  • Heat oil in the same pan, add seasoning ingredients as listed.
  • Add chopped onion & saute it till onion turns to golden transparent color.
  • Now add green chili & saute it for 2 minutes in medium heat.
  • Add minced ginger & garlic & saute it until raw smell disappear, then add tomatoes and cook until they become soft.
  • At this stage, add red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, fennel seed powder, turmeric powder,garam masala powder & salt. Mix well and cook it in low heat until oil separates from masala.
  • Adjust spice & salt to taste. Add coconut milk & cook it till its blend nicely with masala, no need to add water.
  • Finally add lemon juice & mix well. Turn off the heat. Garnish with till cilantro & keep it ready for wrap.

Cooking in plantain leaf wrap or final stage.

  • Take a desired size plantain leaf to wrap the fish on all the sides.
  • Wash the leaf,  Place little gravy over it & keep the roasted fish on it. Then again keep little gravy on the fish.
  • Cover & wrap the fish with the plantain leaf like a closed parcel.
  • Heat a tawa or pan, add 1 tsp of oil & place the fish wrap & cover the pan with the lid.
  • Cook it in low heat for 3minutes & then flip the fish wrap and cook it for another 3 minutes.
  • Garnish with cilantro & serve hot with steamed white rice.
Note: If you are using fresh plantain leaf, it will be quite diffcult to pack fhe fish, so to make it flexible, cut the centre rib & directely keep the leaves on the electric coil in low heat or on a hot vessel or plate. becareful not to brun them. I kept the leave on the lid of the hot pan for 2 minutes.


aipi said...

That looks so authentic n well made..great job here :)

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Chitra said...

This is one of my favorite Kerala dish. Thank you for the recipe. :-)

Rachu said...

Wow... so drooling.. reminds me of kerala authentic eat out places... It looks so fab saras..

Shanavi said...

Saras, Kalakureenga..Ur efforts has been paid..

savitha ramesh said...

wonderful marked.I hope thara had a blast.

Bharathy said...

Yyooo...saras you are killing me virtually with all the yummilicious non veg recipes!! and what pics!!!! yaooo..I am drroooling and drooling here that the key board is all drenched!:D
Ginger chicken, crab masala, chole batura..and this meen pollichathu..yeeoow!!! Yummmmmmmy!!!
love LOVE your posts!!!
and Thanks a Bunch for following me, girl!


Indie.Tea said...

I thought karimeen is fish in Kerala?
But the picture of your dish looks very tempting - great snap!

Priti said...

Can't take my eye off it ....look so gud

Dimah said...

wow recipe looks mouthwatering and delicious!

Priya said...

Omg, u r seriously killing me Sarawathy,soooo inviting fish fry..just drooling here..

Umm Mymoonah said...

That looks too tempting, I just feel like having this now. Very delish.

Jay said...

wow...looks great..don t forget to pass me d platter..:P
Tasty appetite

SheenaBabu said...

u make me Craving......i Miss my Grandma....she used to cook this for me very often.....thanks for the sharing...Take care Pa.....

Deepa Praveen said...

I am a strict non vegi and my husband is just opposite. As some one from kanjirappally area (famous for its non veg spicy dishes) u can imagine how much I miss this
Looks and sounds wonderful!

divya said...

Omg, thats a delicious fish fry,soooo tempting and loving it.

Suja Sugathan said...

Yummy yummy,makes me drool..gravy looks so tempting.

Kurinji said...

Many thanks Sara,for participating in my HRH event. Please collect the participation award.

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Sunijaga said...

looks so yummy and delicious.

Kalyani said...

Looks delicious & spicy ...

sangeeta said...

Hi saraswathi...first time here and loved all your non veg recipes. This one is terrific and i am going to try this . Bookmarked.

Muraligeetham said...

you ve made it pefectly.....i can smell the aroma of spices.