One of the most sort-after recipes of Kerala, Meen Pollichathu are pearlspots or pomfrets smeared in spices, wrapped in banana leaves and steamed to get the delicious seafood you’ve ever tasted!
Did you know that the husband hadn’t tasted this dish until he got married to me? Haha, yes. I had to take him to my hometown in Kottayam to present this absolutely delicious food. Come to central Travancore and you can find Karimeen Pollichathu (Pearlspot) at every nook and corner. Being a freshwater fish, pearlspots are abundantly found near blackwaters. Hence, it is a delicacy served during your houseboat rides in Alleppey and Kumarakom.
Meen Pollichathu can be made with many varieties of fishes including pomfret, red snapper and mackerel. I have also made with sardines earlier.
| Recipe for Mathi Pollichathu – Sardines wrapped in banana leaf
How to make Kerala Meen Pollichathu
This is definitely not a complicated dish to do. Ask your fishmonger to do all the squeamish work like cutting, gutting and cleaning the dish and you are good to go.
Lightly marinate the fish in turmeric powder and salt and fry till 3/4th done.
Make a masala of sliced onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, green chilies, spice powders, and curry leaves.
Wilt banana leaves (place them atop low flame on stovetop and slide. Repeat on both sides). Place a little of the masala, the fried fish and top it with another small portion of the masala. Wrap well, you can use a toothpick to hold it.
Heat a clay pot (or any vessel). Place one of the whole wrapped fish on it. Close it with a lid and let it cook for about five minutes on low flame. Turn over and cook again. Remove and keep aside. Repeat for all the wrapped fishes.
Serve hot with rice or as an appetizer.
That’s all for now!
Have you had this delicacy? Let me know.
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My theme for the A to Z Challenge this year is ’26 Kerala Dishes that have my heart’, where I would share a multitude of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes from the Spice Capital of the World- Kerala!
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