Mathi Pollichathu | sardine in banana leaf | Spicy kitchen

  • Yield: 1
  • Servings: 4
  • Prep Time: 20m
  • Cook Time: 15m
  • Ready In: 15m

Mathi Pollichathu in banana leaf

Traditional mathi pollichathu recipe in malabar style

Mathi pollichahtu is a delicious spicy fish recipe in Kerala style. I tired karimeen pollichathu few days back and it was delicious. We used to prepare dishes with sardine (mathi) 2-3 days a week. Sardine is rich in omega 3 and is very healthy compared to other big fishes. When I tried karimeen pollichathu, I thought we can prepare this with any fish like sardine,mackerel etc… So prepared one day and it came out well. I have already posted ayala pollicahthu with step by step photos few days back. Hope you all will try these recipes too. You can also find other delicious Karimeen recipes like

Karimeen Pollichathu and karimeen fry

mathi pollichathu video here


7-8 no of sardine(mathi)
1 tbsp. of ginger garlic paste
3 springs of curry leaves
3-4 no of sliced green chilli
2 no of onion (finely sliced) or 20 no of finely chopped shallots
3 no of finely sliced tomato
4-5 no of fenugreek
1 spn. of chilli powder
1/2 spn. of turmeric powder
1/6 spn. of pepper powder
juice of 1 one lemon sized tamarind
Salt as required
2 tbsp. of oil

Mathi Pollichathu Preparation Method

Step 01

Heat oil in a pan.Add fenugreek and fry for a while.

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,salt and pepper powder.Saute for 1 minute in low flame.Add tamarind 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

Heat another nonstick pan and sprinkle one spn. of oil

Step 08

Place leaf on the pan.

Step 09

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

Step 10

Then place sardine one by one.

Step 11

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

Step 12

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 13

Cook in low flame (5-7 minute each side)

Step 14

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

Step 15

Once it it cooked both the sides,remove from fire and open.

Step 16

Serve hot with rice,appam.

Please check out other fish fry recipes

Sardine Fry
Kappa Meen Curry
Fish Biryani
Fish curry in coconut milk
Karimeen fry
Mathi Achar/Sardine Pickle

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