Thursday, January 13, 2011

Meenu pollichathu

This is one dish that will make every Mallu proud. A must have for any occasion. I was adamant that this was part of our wedding reception menu. So here is my version of the Meen Pollichathu (Roast Fish in Plantain leaf).

King fish / Pomfret / Karimeen - 4 big slices or 1/2 Kg
Chili powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Pepper powder - 1 tsp
Ginger-Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Oil - 3 tbsp
Onion paste - 4 tsp
Onion - 1 sliced into rings
Curry leaves
Mustard - 1 tsp
Lime juice / vinegar: 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Plantain leaf

Clean the fish and marinate with turmeric, pepper and salt. (Needs to be kept at least for an hour)

Fry the fish lightly on both sides and keep aside. (3 mins)
In a kadai, heat the oil and add the mustard seeds. When they begin to sputter add the onion paste, ginger-garlic paste, coriander powder, chili powder, lime juice and saute for about 5 mins till the spices release the raw flavour. Wrap the fish in a plantain leaf along with the masala. Make sure the leaf is greased a bit. I like to add few onion rings and the curry leaves a this stage while wrapping the fish in the leaf. This helps release the flavours perfectly.
Place the wrapped leaf on a hot tawa an cook for about 15 mins.
Serve hot with steam rice. आईटी's a spicy winner!


  1. k its 12 in the afternoon and im hungry and i see this...absolutely craving it now...

  2. @An Open Book: :P... i thought the same about your amritsari dal...albeit under strange circumstances... at work, amidst excel formulas, with deadlines and images of dal with yummy beef fry! :D

  3. George! can you really fry the leaf. Wouldn't it crumble on the pan. BTW, this one looks just yummy. Too bad I can't do fish in my kitchen. We shall try this at Abhay danger indu's place :)

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