Karimeen Pollichathu

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Pearlspot fish / Karimeen (medium sized) : 2nos
Chopped Onions : ¼ kg
Chopped Ginger : a small piece
Chopped Garlic : a pod
Chopped Green chillies : 4
Turmeric powder : ¼ tsp
Pepper powder : ½ tsp
Tomatoes (finely chopped) : 4
Chill1 powder : 1 ½ tbsp
Cumin seeds : ¼ tsp
Cinnamon : 2 small pieces
Vinegar : 2 tbsp
Coconut oil : 4 tbsp
Salt – to taste
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Karimeen (Pearl spot fish) Pollichathu is a typical and unique Kuttanadan (Allepey) fish preparation. It is marinated with a rich blend of hot spices and then baked in a banana leaf. If you take it once, you will always carve for it again. Here is the recipe for making Karimeen pollichathu at your home.

Preparation of Kuttanadan Karimeen Pollichathu

  1. Clean the karimeen fishes very well and drain them well till dry.
  2. Make obliques incisions over it.
  3. Slice the onions, ginger , garlic and green chillies into small pieces.
  4. Make a fine paste of Chilly powder, turmeric powder, pepper powder, and cumin seed with little vinegar.
  5. In a heavy bottom pan (uruli) pour some coconut oil and heat it.
  6. Fry the cinnamon pieces in the pan.
  7. Add the #3 to the pan and saute it well.
  8. When the onions become cooked thoroughly, add the ground paste (#4) and fry it well in a low flame.
  9. Add the tomatoes and saute it till the raw smell goes,  and saute well again.
  10. Add 2 cups of boiling water when the mixture is well sauteed.
  11. Add the salt and the remaining vinegar and mix well.
  12. Add our fish pieces into the gravy and saute it till the gravy thickens and the fish is cooked well.
  13. Wrap each piece of fish, along with the  masala gravy in a banana leaf. Tie it securely with banana fibers and roast it on a hot tava.
  14. Serve it hot with your main dishes like Appam, Idiyappam, Rice etc..


  • Use fresh Karimeen and the taste will be awesome.

This entry was written on March 7th, 2018 by in Non Vegetarian and tagged with , , , , , , , , . Last revised on March 15th, 2018.

Tried & Tasted by

Cini P Moideen

  • September 19, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Thanks a lot for this recipe Cini. We tried many other Karimeen pollicha recipes in the past and we were never satisfied with them. But this one, its amazing and delicious.
    Recommended 😉

  • August 20, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    excellent recipe….i tried and it came out well..thanks

  • August 18, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Excellent and tastes great. Thanks for sharing…!!!

  • August 2, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Superb, thanking you very much..

    • August 2, 2013 at 11:07 am

      You are welcome Smitha.. Hope your family loved the preparation.

  • June 27, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Is there any way I can make this without the leaf? It’s really hard to get banana leaf in here in USA..

    • June 27, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      @Priti :try using aluminium foil. I haven’t tried it, but it may work.
      Dont forget to inform me if that works..

  • June 13, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Awesome recipe. We prepared it today and it was great. Love you for this recipe.

    • June 13, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      @Renu : Glad to hear you tried our recipe and the dish came out well!!


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