Kerala Style Meen Pollichathu

Veg Vegan Meat

Meen Pollichathu is a traditional seafood recipe from the south Indian state of Kerala. The fried fish that is grilled in banana leaf makes this dish unique and it is usually served for lunch and dinner

Kerala Style Meen Pollichathu

YIELD

2 people

TYPE

Seafood

TIME

45 minutes

LEVEL

Medium

STEP

1

In a bowl add turmeric powder, chili powder, coriander powder, pepper, ginger garlic paste, salt, and lemon juice and mix everything well to make a masala

STEP

2

Apply the masala on both sides of the fish and allow it to rest for 15 minutes

STEP

3

In a pan with medium heat, add coconut oil, one sprig of curry leaves, and add the fish to it

STEP

4

Fry the fish until both sides turn golden brown in color. Do not over fry the fish to turn crispy which is not required for this recipe. Once fried, remove the fish and reserve it for later use

STEP

5

In a pan with medium heat, pour coconut oil, add curry leaves, onion, green chili, and sauté until onion turns soft

STEP

6

Now add chili, coriander, turmeric powders, ginger garlic paste, salt, and sauté well until the raw aroma leaves

STEP

7

Add the tomatoes and sauté until they turn mushy

STEP

8

Now add the thick coconut milk and mix well. Allow the coconut milk to cook well until the mixture turns thick gravy consistency. Now the gravy is ready for the wrap

STEP

9

In a banana leaf, place half of the prepared gravy mix and place the fish on top of it

STEP

10

And spread the remaining gravy all over the fish. Place 1 sprig of curry leaves, green chili, and a lemon slice

STEP

11

Wrap the leaf tightly and tie it with banana string

STEP

12

Now in a pan with medium heat, pour coconut oil and place the wrapped fish and allow it to cook for 7 to 10 minutes on each side. Once done switch off the heat 

STEP

13

Serve this delicious Kerala Style Meen Pollichathu with steamed rice or enjoy as it is