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  • Subashini Pallianysamy

Meen Pollichathu

Updated: May 27, 2020

Hello everyone. Hope you guys\gals doing fine and staying strong during this Movement Control Order period. Be strong and stay at home and together we will get through this.

One way of being strong is to eat good food. :) So, for today I'll be sharing a new menu which is Meen Pollichathu a.k.a fish wrapped in banana leaf. Since I couldn't get banana leaf today, I just wrapped it in aluminium foil. This recipe requires extra time and extra work but ultimately the final outcome is what counts. The best combination would be to serve it with hot rice. The taste is seriously out of this world.

Ingredients (for Fish Fry) :

2 Pomfret fish medium size - slit both sides. 1 1/2 tsp coriander powder 1 1/2 tsp chili powder 1 tsp black pepper powder 1 tsp turmeric powder 1 tsp garlic paste 1 tsp ginger paste 2 tbsp lime juice


a. Mix all the masala above and coat the fish nicely. Marinate the fish for 30 min. b. After marination, shallow fry the fish using pure coconut oil. Keep it aside.

Usually I use Pomfret fish for this recipe.

Other than this delicious fish, you can also substitute it with king mackerel or tilapia.

Ingredients (for Gravy)

10 pearl onions or small onions Small piece ginger 2 Cloves garlic 2 green chilies 1 1/2 tsp Chilli powder 1 tsp coriander powder 1/2 tsp turmeric powder 1 tsp fennel seeds Cumin seeds Curry leaves A pinch of Cumin powder 1/2 tomato chopped Salt 1/2 cup thick Coconut milk

1. I used food processor to chop the onions, garlic, ginger and green chilies altogether. Way easier and it can chop it finely. Better than me doing it manually.

2. Next, heat coconut oil in a pan. Add some cumin seeds, fennel seeds and curry leaves.

3. Now add in finely chopped onion mix from Step 1. Saute till the raw smell is not there anymore.

4. You may add in balance oil from the fish fry. This will actually add extra flavor to the gravy.

5. Add in chopped tomatoes and continue to stir till its well blended with onions. My son doesn't eat like to eat onions so I really need to mash the onions so that he doesn't feel know its there (facepalm).

6. Add all the masala powders and add some water so that the masala blends and cook well.

7. Add salt to taste.

8. Finally add in coconut milk and stir for few min. Turn off fire.

9. Now place an aluminium foil or banana leaf on table top. Smear it with coconut oil.

10. Scoop some gravy and spread on the foil or leaf. Place the fish on top of the gravy.

11. Now take another scoop of gravy and spread on top of the fish.

12. Cover the leaf\foil and tie it properly.

13. Heat a flat pan and transfer the fish to the pan. Cook on low fire for 20 min both sides.

14. Once cooked remove the fish from pan.

15. Serve immediately with rice.

I can guarantee that you will enjoy it with your family!