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Kerala style Meen Pollichathu/Fish Pollichathu

  • Author: Nithya Narasimhan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2


The most exotic way of making fish wrapped in banana leaf, this has an absolute flavor, the masalas are deeply intense, the taste of this fish is undoubtedly the BEST ONE! 


  • Ingredients


  • lime juice- 2 Tsp
  • turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
  • salt- 1 Tsp
  • For masala
  • banana leaves- 2
  • whole fish- 500gms pomfret/pearl spot
  • oil- 2 tbs
  • onions- 2 medium size chopped
  • green chilies- 4 chopped
  • ginger- 2 tsp
  • garlic- 4 Tsp
  • tamarind – a small sized ball soaked in 5 tbs of water
  • turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
  • red chili powder- 2 tbs
  • salt to taste.


  1. Instructions
  2. Clean banana leaves with a damp cloth on both sides, dry and pass over in live flame to make them pliable, cut into pieces large enough to wrap a whole fish.
  3. combine ingredients for marinade, rub into fish and marinate for 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. shallow fry the fish on both the sides and keep aside
  5. Heat up oil in a pan, sauté onions, green chili, ginger, garlic, red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt sprinkle some tamarind water. cook until the mixture is thickened.
  6. Pour some masala on the wilted banana leaf, place the fish on top, spoon some masala on the fish.
  7. Gently wrap the fish and seal the banana leaf with a toothpick.
  8. Fry on both the sides until you see the charcoal mark on the banana leaf.
  9. Serve with lemon wedges and sliced onions.
  • Category: Main Course, Starter
  • Cuisine: south Indian