Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Karimeen Pollichathu



Today I am sharing the recipe of Karimeen pollichathu / Pearl spot fried in plantain / banana leaf, which is a toddy shop / house boat specialty and it is very popular among malayalees. This dish is prepared by frying fish by wrapping it in banana leaves and if you dont have banana leaves then you can even use aluminium foil.

Ingredients

Karimeen / Pearl spot ~ 2 nos ( large sized ) / 3 nos ( small sized )
Chopped ginger and garlic ~ 2 tbsp
Green chillies ~ 5 nos
Chopped shallots / Kochu ulli ~ 2 1/2 cups
Kashmiri chilli powder / Charadan mulaku podi ~ 1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder ~ 1/2 tsp
Black pepper powder ~ 1/2 tsp
Fennel powder / Perinjeerakam podi ~ 2 pinch
Fenugreek powder / Ulava podi ~ 2 pinch
Tomatoes ~ 2 nos
Curry leaves ~ 2-3 stems
Mustard seeds / Kadku 
Banana leaves / Vazhayila ~ as needed
Oil 
Salt to taste

For marination : 

Kashmiri chilli powder ~ 1 tsp
Black pepper powder ~ 1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder ~ 1 tsp
Salt ~ 1 tsp ( approximately )
Lemon juice / Vinegar ~ 1 1/2  tsp

Method

  • First clean the fish and using a knife make 3-4 gashes on each side of the fish. Then make a paste of red chilli powder, black pepper powder, turmeric powder, vinegar and salt and then marinate the fish with this paste and refridgerate it  for about 30 minutes - 1 hour. Then heat just 2-3 tbsp's of oil preferably in a non-stick pan and fry the marinated fish in a low flame for about 2-3 minutes per side. Then transfer the fried fish to a paper towel.
  • Now we need to prepare the masala for fish, so heat little more oil in the same pan and add mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds crackle, add curry leaves followed by chopped ginger and garlic, chopped green chillies and chopped shallots and saute till shallots become soft. Then lower the flame and add kashmiri chilli powder, black pepper powder, turmeric powder, fennel powder & fenugreek powder, and fry till the raw smell of the powders go. Next add chopped tomatoes and little salt and fry till the tomatoes are nicely mashed and cooked and then remove the masala from the flame.
  • Then take clean plantain leaf and cut into medium to large sized pieces, but do make sure not to use the stem. Then singe the banana leaves over an open flame, this will make the leaves soft so that it wont break while wrapping.
  • Then first place a layer of masala on the center of the banana leaf and  place the fried karimeen / pearl spot above the masala and then again place another layer of masala on top of the fish. Finally place some sliced green chillies, sliced tomatoes, curry leaves and sliced onions on the top of it and wrap the fish tightly using the banana leaf and tie it with a thread.
  • Then take a deep pan and heat 2-3 tbsp of oil and then first place some  plantain leaves in the pan and then place the wrapped fish in it and cook covered in a low flame for about 20 minutes, ie 10 minutes each side and remove from the flame.
 



Cheers!!

31 comments:

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Fish preparation looks amazingly delicious. Excellent clicks as well.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

divya said...

OMG... What a tempting recipe.. lovely presentation dear..

Mélange said...

All time favoruite..I think Karimeen is like our regional official fish..hehe..looks authentic and came out perfect Jisha dear !

Chitra said...

my fav/.. when ever we go to kerala my dad will find a restuarant which has good karimeen pollichattu...it's our family fav,but we don't do it in our home...but thanks for the recipe @ the right time...my parents are coming to visit me in next few days will make this for dad..thanks a lot..

Aarthi said...

This looks so yummy and delicious..Will try this soon..Seems really simple..thanks for the recipe dear..Post more and keep blogging

Sarah said...

This is awesome!!!! Im drooling!

Rinku Naveen said...

Karimeen adipoli aayittundu. Loved the crispiness and colour...Slurp!

Reva said...

What a treat for the eyes early in the morning... My all time favourite... Very beautiful presentation, Dear:)

Prathima Rao said...

OMG Jisha!!! These are done so perfeclty with the banana leaf & all!!! Lovely clicks!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Priya said...

Seriously am inviting myself to ur place, karimeen pollichathu looks extremely irresistible and salivating..

cook from doha said...

i dont have words........this is really really reallllllly yumm..........

Ila said...

simply delicious :) wonderful clicks :)can feel the aroma 4m ur clicks :) too delicious and tempting :)

Suja said...

Makes me drool..absolutely yummy..kothiyavunnu

julie said...

Yummy yum karimeen pollichathu..took me back to kerala..

Toyin O. said...

That looks so good.

Charishma said...

gosh that looks good

Nitha said...

Sooopper delicious.... Lovely clicks too..

Plateful said...

Ithu ethra kittiyalum enikku kodi theerilla...ahhh! Looks totally mouthwatering Jisha!

Sobha Shyam said...

This looks excellent dear..had this quite long back..looks fabulous..

kothiyavunu.com said...

mashee egane enee kothipikathee..he he he..adipoli, Pics kandu njan vellamirakki:)

Peggy said...

I love the presentation of this dish! It sounds so delicious =)

aipi said...

WOW~ I’m really intrigued by this recipe, very authentic n beautifully executed!
US Masala

Indie.Tea said...

It looks really delicious. I bet the foil/banana leaf holds in all those spices and moisture really well.

Saranya said...

Mouthwatering..Make me hungry..Excellent clicks as well
Saranya
http://www.foodandtaste.blogspot.com/

Sobha Shyam said...

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Binitha said...

just returned from Kerala after eating yumm Karimeen and I get to see this post...looks delicious

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hemalata said...

Wow what a tempting recipe.Looks so inviting and mouth watering presentation.

An Open Book said...

if only i could get my hands on some karimeen..yumm

Seafood Recipe said...

It,really so nice i am also made this one simply supereb taste.
Seafood Recipes

Bindhu said...

I always make fish pollichathu using your recipe and it turns out to be super yummy every time I try it. I use aluminium foil for the preperation. It is a bit time consuming for me but the end result is a real WOW. Everyone attempting fish pollichathu should definitely try this recipe. Thankyou Jisha for sharing your recipe with us. May God bless you and your family.
Bindhu.

Bini said...

Dear Jisha, I visit your blog often. I love your recipes and the pics... on this recipe; can you please also post instructions on how to use aluminum foil instead of banana leaf? Its hard to find banana leaf in DC/MD area.. Thank you

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