Nov 13, 2013

Meen Pollichathu / Karimeen Pollichathu / Fish Cooked in Banana Leaf

Putting a 85 days old baby to sleep is really a tough one..My lil girl is so naughty and she doesn't go to sleep that soon. I will be feeding her, and she will be closing her eyes, i think that she is asleep and slowly take her away from me and put into her bedding..With no more than a second she opens her eyes to the widest she can..HA HA. It will be fun to see that, but not everytime :(

Yesterday afternoon, i was feeling so tired and feverish. I want to sleep so badly. But she was crying so badly. She will stay quite when she is in my lap, if i put her in the bed, she will start crying again. With no more hope i started playing lullaby in my mobile phone, and what a surprise she was laughing and playing hearing that..Thank God for lullaby :)

Enough baby stories, back to todays post.This one is the most awaited post for me. I made it so many month back and actually forgot to post. So i took it out today and made it. This is a yummy fish recipe which is filled with a lovely banana leaf aroma since it is cooked in it. But if you guys find difficult to get banana leaf you can use only foil too. So try this out and let me know how it turns out..

Preparation Time : 15 mins
Cooking Time : 50 mins to 1 hour
Serves : 3


Fish Steaks - 3 (Use any fish, traditional karimeen is used)

For Marination:
Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Lemon Juice - 2 tsp
Coconut Oil - 3 tblspn

For Masala:
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1/2 tsp
Onion - 1 large chopped finely
Ginger - 1 tsp finely minced
Garlic - 1 tsp finely minced
Green Chilli - 1 finely chopped
Curry leaves - 1 sprig chopped
Tomatoes - 1 large chopped finely
Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves - 3 tblspn finely chopped
Thick Coconut Milk - 1/4 cup
Lemon Juice - 2 tsp


Take fish steaks in a bowl and add in all the marination ingredients and mix well. Let it marinate for 10 mins.

Now heat oil in a kadai. Fry the fish steaks in hot oil for 3 mins on each side and remove it to a plate.

Now in the remaining oil. Add in mustard and cumin seeds and let it sizzle for 30 sec.

Add in finely chopped onions, ginger, garlic, green chilli and curry leaves.Fry this for 3 to 4 mins till it is light golden.

Now add in all the spice powders and salt. Mix well.

Add in finely chopped tomatoes and cook for 5 mins till it turns mushy.

Now add in coriander leaves and coconut milk. Mix well and simmer it till it is reduced and thickened.

Now squeeze in the lemon juice and mix well. Now the masala is done.

Now take fried fish pieces, masala, banana leaf and foil.

Take a banana leaf and place over the foil. Now place a spoonful of masala on the banana leaf. Place the fried fish on top of the masala. Spoon some more masala over the fish and fold the leaf. Now cover the entire thing with foil so a parcel is formed.

Now heat a tawa on medium heat. Place the parcel over the tawa and cook for 12 mins on each side.

Now remove it from tawa and open the parcel and serve hot.

Take all your ingredients

You need some fish pieces..Use whatever u like

Add in salt and spice powders

squeeze some lemon juice

mix well and let it sit for 10 mins

Heat some coconut oil

Fry the fish pieces

Cook on both sides

Remove to a plate

In the remaining oil

Add in cumin and mustard seeds

Add onion, ginger, garlic, chillies and curry leaves

mix them well

cook till they turn golden

Add in remaining salt and spice powders

Add in tomatoes

Cook till it turn mushy

Add in lots of coriander leaves

Some thick coconut milk

Mix them well and let it reduce

reduce till it is thick

squeeze some lemon juice

Masala done

take stuffs ready

spoon some masala over banana leaf

place a fish piece

spoon some more masala

fold it

cover it with foil

fold it

fold again

till a parcel is done

all done

Place it over hot tawa

flip and cook


Open and serve

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  1. Thank you so Aarti for posting this recipe. My hubby's favourite dish. I can surprise him now. Great Help.

  2. Hi Aarthi ...

    Im Sheela... Im yr great fan of cooking .. really loved yr recipes a lot... I have tried many dishes too... Thanks a lot

    Also u have a cute girl baby na, like to see your baby photo ... If u dont mind can u post yr baby's pics ....

  3. Hi Sis,

    I cannot find banana leaf in my place please can u suggest an alternative idea. can i just cover it in foil paper


  4. @suji
    Yes you could just use foil paper.

  5. ஆர்த்தி அக்கா வழக்கம் போல் supara இருக்கு. இந்த வாரம் என் போடட்டிக்கு suprisea இத போட்ற போறன்.


  6. hello Aarthi.... after wrapping it in the foil can we microwave it.

  7. @AnonymousIf it is microwave convection mode, then you can use..If it is normal microwave then you cannot use foil in that

  8. Im a regular visitor of ur blog.really appreciate u for ur patience in taking step by step fotos....tried Hus liked it so much...but the taste of cumin I didn't like...if it's ok if I try without cumin

  9. Hi
    What's karimeen in tamil?


  10. @AnonymousI searched google, and it is giving these names. Tamil Name for Karimeen is Pattai, Palincha, Setha kendai

  11. Hi Aarthi...Keep up your good work..Just want to add here, usually for meen pollichathu(which is a kerala dish) tomatoes are not there.

  12. Hi Aarthi,

    Iam frm coimbatore no words to explain abt ur website.It's really awesome. Not only one dish I tried alot n lot of ur dishes chanceless pa all the dishes came superb. You don't beleive nowadays full time iam searching receipes n start trying it. I felt thanks is simple word. After my mom I trust ur receipe n keep on do it. Good job keep rocking. Uploaded lot n lot receipes. bye dear

  13. Hi tried your dish came out awesome:)Actually after this dish i have become fan of ur blog..:):)

  14. Hi arthi I Saji I do really want to know the receipe of (appam podi)vellappam.I really like the Chinese dishes it comes out really well

  15. Hi arthi I do like the Chinese recipe of yours it really very tasty. I tried them .Now I want to know how to make appam with rice flour. Please show how to make.

  16. Is there any alternative for coconut milk


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