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Karimeen Pollichadhu (Pearl spot fish cooked in Banana leaf)

Karimeen Pollichadhu (Pearl spot fish cooked in Banana leaf)

Today presenting before you is a typical Kerala traditional Karimeen Pollichadhu recipe (Pearl spot fish cooked in Banana leaf ). This dish is a specialty of Kerala house boat. Karimeen/ Pearl spot fish stuffed with Indian masala tied in banana leaf & fried are its highlight. Rice (Koothaari) is the best combination for this Non veg dish.




  • Karimeen – whole 2pieces
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2tsp
  • Chili powder – 2tsp
  • Vayela/ Banana leaf – 2 medium sizes
  • Salt as per taste

For Masala:

  • Green Chilies – 5nos cut into slits
  • Ginger – 1inch (finely chopped)
  • Garlic – 6pods (finely chopped)
  • Onion – 1medium sized (finely chopped)
  • Tomato – 1 medium sized (finely chopped)
  • Curry leaves – 5 leaves
  • Coriander powder – 2tbsp
  • Chili powder – 1tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/2tsp
  • Salt as per taste.


  • Marinate the cleaned karimeen with turmeric powder, chili powder & salt.
  • Keep the marinated fish in refrigerator for ½ hour.
  • Heat a frying pan & add 3tbsp of oil.
  • Place the marinated fish & deep fry both the sides till brown in color. Remove it to a dish.
  • In the same oil, add green chilies, ginger, garlic & sauté well for 3mins
  • Then add the chopped onion & sauté well till onion turns transparent.
  • Then add chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder & salt & sauté for 2 mins.
  • Then add tomatoes & sauté till the tomatoes are cooked.
  • Add curry leaves & switch off the flame. Masala kutta is ready
  • Slightly heat both the sides of banana leaf. Add 2tbsp of masala in center of banana leaf. Place fried fish & coat the above of fish with 2tbsp of masala.
  • Then wrap two ends of banana leaf & tie it with a thread.
  • Add 2tbsp of oil in frying pan. Place wrapped fish in the frying pan. When oil starts oozing out, turn to other side & fry for 5mins in low flame.
  • Remove it in a plate coated with tissue paper.

Kerala style – Karimeen Pollichadhu is ready to serve with hot kuthaari chor (Rice).

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