Fish in Banana Leaf

Kerala is the southern most state of India.This small place is a good tourist destination for those who love nature and serenity.Another attraction in Kerala is the food.Anyone who visits Kerala should try this fish fry.Fish in banana leaf (called "Meen Pollichathu" in the regional language,Malayalam) is a special delicacy available in House boats of Kerala.

Come,feel a bit of the God's own country,KERALA
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Any Kerala style fish fry is delicious ,but this recipe is the king of all.

Karimeen Pollichathu-fish fry
Fish Fry in Banana leaf.
This fish fry is healthy since this is cooked, wrapped in banana leaf thus making it less oily.You can use aluminium foil to wrap the fish and instead of frying,bake it in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
INGREDIENTS
Any big fish-Pearl spot fish/King fish-2 nos (here I have used King fish)
Onion-1 small
Shallots-1 cup
Garlic-4 cloves
Curry leaves-use liberally
Chilly powder-2 tbsp(add less if you don't want spicy)
Turmeric powder-1tsp
Pepper powder-2tsp
Tomato-1 small
Vinegar-1tbsp
Salt-to taste
Garam masala powder-1tsp
Coconut oil-1tbsp
Banana leaf or aluminium foil
Method of preparation
1.Wash and clean fish.
2.Sprinkle salt,chilly powder and garam masala powder on fish pieces and shallow fry in 1 tsp oil.Add curry leaves to the oil.

3.Make a masala with shallots now.
Heat a pan and add oil.Saute chopped shallots ,Onion chopped,salt and curry leaves.
When it turns brown add in tomato,chilly powder,turmeric powder,salt,vinegar,curry leaves and pepper powder.Saute well and cook.When the tomatoes dissolve in onion mixture,turn off the heat.
4.Now coat this masala on shallow fried fish pieces.
5.Keep the banana leaf on low,direct flame and wilt it slightly.
Now keep the fish inside this banana leaf and wrap it completely; as in the picture.
Add 2 tsp oil to a pan and shallow fry for 3 minutes each on both sides.
You can also use the oven for this.
Serve hot.

ENJOY...Happy holidays in KERALA.










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