Kerala style Baked Fish/Meen Pollichathu | How to make Kerala style Baked Fish/Meen Pollichathu

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About Kerala style Baked Fish/Meen Pollichathu

This is a recipe of a flavourful fish baked in banana leaf.

The delicious and mouthwatering Kerala style Baked Fish/Meen Pollichathu is a famous dish of Kerala and is very much popular in the whole worldwide. This dish is often reserved for any special occasion like parties or festivals. Kerala style Baked Fish/Meen Pollichathu is the best option for you when you want to eat or cook something really perfect. It is an amazing dish which is liked by the people of every age group. The flavorful and saporous ingredients are the key to the amazing taste of Kerala style Baked Fish/Meen Pollichathu. Anupa Joseph shared this Kerala style Baked Fish/Meen Pollichathu recipe which is perfect to serve for 2 people. The step by step process with pictures will help you to know how to make the delicious Kerala style Baked Fish/Meen Pollichathu. It is not a typical restaurant style recipe but a simple homely comforting recipe which is best to understand for the beginners. It is an easy and simple recipe that is perfect to make in a jiffy for a weekend lunch or dinner. Try this delicious Kerala style Baked Fish/Meen Pollichathu recipe at your home and surprise your family and friends.

  • Prep Time0mins
  • Cook Time30mins
  • Serves2People

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Kerala style Baked Fish/Meen Pollichathu

Ingredients to make Kerala style Baked Fish/Meen Pollichathu

  • 1 tbsp of vinegar
  • One whole fish or 2 fish fillets (I used a whole Pomfret)
  • 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp of red chilly powder
  • 1/2 tsp of pepper powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2-3 strands of curry leaves
  • 1-2 tbsp of oil to fry the fish (preferably coconut oil)
  • 1 and 1/2 - 2 tbsp of oil (preferably coconut oil)
  • 5-6 shallots finely sliced
  • 1/2 tbsp of finely chopped ginger
  • 1/2 tbsp of finely chopped garlic
  • 2 green chillies finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp of coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp of chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp of lemon juice
  • A few curry leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup of thick coconut milk
  • Banana leaf/ aluminium foil

How to make Kerala style Baked Fish/Meen Pollichathu

  1. Clean the fish thoroughly. Give it a final rinse in a bowl of water with vinegar and 1/2 tbsp of salt. Pat it dry using a paper towel and make gashes on both sides of the fish.
  2. Then marinate the fish with turmeric powder, red chilli powder, pepper powder and salt. Keep it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
  3. Heat a pan and pour the oil. Line the strands of curry leaves and place the fish on top of it. Fry both the sides of the fish lightly, by flipping it when necessary. Transfer it on to a plate when done.
  4. In the same pan, pour the oil. Once its hot, drop in the ginger, garlic and green chillies. After they loose their rawness, add the sliced shallots, curry leaves and salt. Cook till the shallots turn soft.
  5. Add in the coriander powder, chilli powder and turmeric powder. Give it a stir and add the lemon juice, mix this well. Now add the coconut milk. Let it heat up until it just starts to boil. The masala mixture should now look like a paste.
  6. Spread the aluminium foil or banana leaf (which ever you are using to bake the fish) on a baking sheet. Spread half of the masala on it and place the fried fish on top of it. Now spread the remaining masala on top of the fish.
  7. Fold the aluminium foil/banana leaf to wrap up the fish completely. If using the banana leaf, tie it up with a twine. Bake it in the oven for about 20-25 minutes at 204 degree celsius.
  8. You can also grill it on the stove. Just place the wrapped up fish in a hot cast iron skillet and place another heavy pan on top of it. Grill it on medium high heat flipping it every 10 minutes to cook them evenly.
  9. Serve it hot with some steamed rice and it would be heavenly. All you would be missing, would be a real Alappuzha house boat.
My Tip: Note to not over fry the fish, it should only be half fried. Placing the curry leaves when frying the fish helps to prevent the fish from sticking to the pan and also adds flavor and taste. If using banana leaf, wash the banana leaf and wipe off excess water from it. Heat up the stove and turn it on low. Place the banana leaf on the stove on low heat for just seconds just until they start to change from bright green to dull green, so that it looses its stiffness and is flexible enough to wrap the fish in it, without tearing off the leaf. You need to be very careful while doing this as you might burn the leaf.

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