Karimeen or pearl spotted fish is a rare and expensive fish that you might have probably had at some point in time. Several dishes are made from it, but none can beat Karimeen Pollichathu. If there’s one thing you must absolutely eat even without visiting Kerala, it is this!
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Karimeen Pollichathu Recipe
Karimeen Pollichathu is intensely flavored and delicately prepared. It is considered a specialty because the fish is very rare and expensive. Marinated in spices, then wrapped in banana leaf and steamed, the fish stews in its own juices. The spices have to be right and you can grill it in an oven. If you identify with healthy, steamed food, then this dish is for you.
METHOD OF PREPARATION
Clean the fish and make cuts on it.
Mix pepper powder and salt, apply to the fish and keep for half an hour.
Pour 1 tsp of oil in a frying pan and shallow fry the fish turning both sides. Keep aside.
Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a kadai.
Saute chopped small onions.
When brown, add green chillies, curry leaves and ginger-garlic paste and saute again till it's cooked.
Add coriander, chilly powder, turmeric powder and saute well.
Add chopped tomatoes and mix well till its cooked.
Add 1 tbsp of water and mix well.
You can use coconut milk instead of water for a better taste.
Divide it into 4 portions.
Take a banana leaf and gently heat it to make soft.
Keep one portion of the saute mixture on the leaf, keep the fried fish on top of it and spread one portion of the saute on the top of the fish.
Cover the fish with the leaf and tie with a thread.
Do the same with the second fish.
Keep the fish in a kadai and close it with a lid.