Meen Pollichath /Fish in Banana Leaves With Raw Masala – A Healthier Option
If you ask any keralite about one dish you should try if you are ever in Kerala, he would most probably say it’s ‘Meen Pollichath / Fish cooked in Banana leaves’, traditionally made with Karimeen or Pearl spot fish.
It is one of the ever green dishes of Kerala. Basically we clean the fish, marinate and fry. Then wrapped in banana leaves with a gravy and cooked in a tava or a pan for few minutes. With the flavor a of banana leaves and the beautiful fish cooked in a gravy, it is just lip smacking good. I am drooling while writing this down here.
Well, in this recipe, Since I had some banana leaves at home and few pieces of king fish, which is one our favorite fish to cook with , I wanted to make something similar to the traditional fish pollichath, but without much of mess in my kitchen. So I omitted the frying and sauteing the gravy part and decided to cook the fish with a raw masala.
All I had to do was blend all the ingredients, marinate the fish for atleast 30 mins. Place it on banana leaves, few slices of tomato to keep the moisture, wrap it and cook it on medium high flame for 15 minutes turning once in between.
And that’s all, a beautiful dish is ready to go with your rice or roti. What I like about this recipe is that it is very healthy, not much of cutting and chopping and requires very less time. Bon Appetite!