Authentic kerala style meen pollichathu

Meen pollichathu – kerala style


Meen Pollichathu – Kerala style Meen Pollichathu cooked in coconut oil covered with banana leaves – vazhayila. Traditionally done with karimeen – pearl spot fish but I took a big para fish. When the fish is cooked in banana leaf the flavor penetrates well into the fish and the aroma of banana leaf is divine. This is one of the very classic preparation that everyone loves it. Many people do not fry the fish and do pollichathu But we in this recipe shown how to fry the fish and then make a gravy and apply all over the fish and then wrap in the banana leaves and fry again in coconut oil. Even though the process is lengthy but the out come is very very delicious. Everyone of the fish lovers must try this recipe.

Served the meen pollichathu with slice of onions, tomatoes and some wedges of lemon. You can serve this meen pollichathu with steamed rice and rasam it would taste heavenly. The most important step here is the marination, atleast for 1/2 – 1 hour you must marinate so that the masalas get deep inside the big fish and make sure you make cuts in the fish. While marination I have used lemon juice, chilly powder, turmeric powder, coconut oil and salt.

Please do watch video in Tamil with clear explanantion

Fish Cutlets

Chettinad kara podi meen kuzhambu

Meen pollichathu - kerala style

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Side Dish, Starters
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3 people


For marination

  • 2 tsp Lemon juice / எலுமிச்சை சாறு
  • 1 tbsp red chilly powder
  • 1/2 tsp 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • required Salt
  • 2 tsp coconut oil

For masala paste

  • 100 g Shallots / சிறிய வெங்காயம்
  • 10-12 peeled Garlic cloves / பூண்டு பற்கள்
  • 2 Tomatoes / தக்காளி

For gravy

  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds / சீரகம்
  • few Curry Leaves / கறிவேப்பிலை
  • 10-12 chopped Shallots / சிறிய வெங்காயம்
  • masala paste
  • 1 tsp Chilly Powder / மிளகாய் தூள்
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder / மல்லித்தூள்
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • required Salt

Meen pollichathu

  • Fish I took para fish
  • banana leaves


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