Wednesday 30 July 2014

Meen polichathu (Fish in banana leaf wrap)

I had this for the first time in my first Alleppey visit in year 2007.  We had our trip to House boat and Veegaland in that vacation.   In the House Boat they served us with traditional Alleppey fish curry meals and “karimeen Pollichathu”.  In the evening we all did fishing and enjoyed a lot with “ Nadan Kallu and Karimeen pollichathu”.

I still cant forget the taste of that fish fry in banana leaf wrap. 

I thought of sharing my experience with you.  Here I could not get karimeen so I tried the same recipe with Pomfret (Aavoli/Maanji).   
Step 1
Marination for fish :-  
 Clean a full Pomfret fish and cut into thin slices. 
Ginger paste          ½ tsp
Garlic paste           ½ tsp
Chilly powder        4 tsp
Pepper powder      1 tsp
Lemon juice           1 tbsp
Salt   to taste.
Oil  for shallow frying.
Step 2
Ingredients for Masala
Finely chopped small onions               1 cup
Finely chopped  ginger                         2 tbsp
Finely chopped garlic                           1 tbsp
Finely chopped green chilly                 5 to 6
Red chilly powder                                 ¼ tsp
Turmeric powder                                   ¼ tsp
Curry leaves few
Thick coconut milk                                ¼ cup
Salt  to taste.
Oil  for cooking.
Step 3 
Banana leaves to wrap fish.
Step 1 Method:
In a bowl add chilly powder, pepper powder, ginger garlic  paste, lemon juice,  salt, 2 tsp of oil and little water mix well prepare thick paste.  Marinate this paste to fish keep it for at least 2 hours.
Then heat oil in pan and  shallow fry both sides of the fish till half done.   Remove fried fish and keep aside.
Step 2  Method
Heat  oil (in which you had already fried the fish)   add chopped onion, ginger, garlic , green chilly fry till light brown,  then add curry leaves, chilly powder, turmeric powder fry for 2 to 3 min. At this stage add thick coconut milk and little water.   Do not  boil the gravy.
Switch off the gas.
Meanwhile  heat  banana leaves  slightly  so that it can be folded easily
Spread little gravy on the leaves keep fried fish then again pour  little gravy on it so that  gravy evenly gets coated  fish slices .  Wrap banana leaves and tie knot.  Prepare all fish slices like this and keep aside.
Heat dosa tawa and  grease little oil and keep all fish wraps on it and   cover and cook both sides for 5 to 10 minutes.
These fish wraps can also be grilled.

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