Karimeen Pollichathu| how to make karimeen pollichathu | Spicy Kitchen

  • Yield: 1
  • Servings: 4
  • Prep Time: 20m
  • Cook Time: 30m
  • Ready In: 30m

Karimeen Pollichathu in banana leaf. Karimeen or pearl spot eye is one of the most popular fish in Kerala especially in Alappuzha district. Dishes made with this fish like karimeen fry and pollichathu have a unique taste and flavor. These two dishes are the favorites of tourist who come to visit the beauty of Kuttanadu.

 I have already tried Karimeen Fry,Ayala Pollichathu(with step-by-step photos) and Mathi pollichathu. Here I would like to share the recipe of famous karimeen pollichathu recipe. The fish is prepared in tomato onion masala is later cooked with banana leaf which gives a unique flavor to the dish. Rice is the perfect combination for this recipe but it also can be served with appam, parotta etc.

Hope you all will like this karimeen recipe. Please try it out and let me know how it turned out for you.

Other delicious fish pollichathu recipes

Ayala Pollichathu Recipe with step by step photos
Mathi Pollichathu | sardine in banana leaf



For Fry Karimeen

4 no of Karmieen / Pearl Spot
1 tbsp. of ginger garlic paste
1 spn. of chilli powder
1/2 spn. of turmeric powder
2 spn. of lemon juice
3 springs of curry leaves
Salt as required
2 tbsp. of oil

For Masala

2 no of onion (finely sliced) or 20 no of finely chopped shallots
2 spn. of ginger garlic paste
3 no of finely sliced tomato
4 springs of curry leaves
1 spn. of chilli powder
1/2 spn. of turmeric powder
2 pinch of fenugreek powder
1/6 spn. of pepper powder
1 spn. of lemon juice
2 tbsp. of oil
salt as required

Karimeen pollichathu Preparation Method

Step 01

Grind chilli powder,turmeric powder,curry leaves,ginger garlic paste,lemon juice and salt to smooth fine paste.

Step 02

Marinate fish with this paste and keep aside for 15 minute.

Step 03

Heat oil in a pan.

Step 04

Shallow fry fish up to 10-15 minutes.Keep aside


Step 01

Heat oil in a pan

Step 02

Add ginger garlic paste and saute till raw smell goes off.

Step 03

Add finely chopped onion (or shallots),green chillies and curry leaves.Fry well.

Step 04

When onion get fried,add sliced tomatoes.Fry till tomatoes became mushy.

Step 05

Add chilli powder,turmeric powder,fenugreek powder,salt and pepper powder.Saute for 1 minute in low flame.Add lemon juice last and mix well.Remove from flame.

Step 06

Take banana leaf and lightly heat it on stove top up to 1-2 minute.Heat all the side of the leaf.

Step 07

Place half of masala on top of the leaf.Sprinkle some curry leaves

Step 08

Then place our fried karimeen.

Step 09

Again place the remaining masala and cover all the side of fish.

Step 10

Fold the leaf as from all the sides. You can tie the leaf with a thread. I used one more heated banana leaf instead of thread.

Step 11

Heat a tawa or nonstick pan with 1 spn. of oil(preferred coconut oil)

Step 12

Place the packed fish and cook in low flame (6-8 minute each side)

Step 13

Drizzle some oil on the top of leaf and turn carefully to cook the other side.

Step 14

Once it is cooked on both sides, remove from the fire and serve.

Step 15

Serve hot with rice,appam.

Here I used 4 karimeen, so we need 4 banana leaves for each.

Please check out other fish fry recipes

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