(Baked fish in banana leaf wrap)
I am here with my first recipe...It's meen pollichathu.....!!It was my 1st wedding anniversary yesterday and I wanted to make something special for my hubby!!He loves baked items with lots of gravy.!So I made this with thick spicy gravy!!So people here we go Let me list the ingredients first!!
1 Fish(Pomphret,Green Chromide) I used golden pompano..similar to pomphret!
Oil(I used veg oil)
1 Banana Leaf
Ginger - 1.5 inch piece(chopped)
Garlic - 8-10 pods(chopped)
Tomato-1 and 1/2(cut into small cubes)
Lime juice-2 tablespoon
Green Chillies - as per your spice tolerance
Chilly powder -2 tbsp
Pepper powder -2 tbsp
Coriander powder-1 tsp
Jeera/Cumin powder - 1 tbsp
Cocum-3 small pieces
Coconut milk - 1/2 cup
Now lets start the preparation,
1. First clean the fish and marinate well with chilly powder,turmeric,pepper,lime juice and salt and keep for 30 mins or 1 hr.
Make sure the masala and lime goes inside too..
2.Splutter some mustard seeds in oil.Then add the chopped ginger,garlic and green chillie and fry till the raw
smell is gone. Now add the chopped onion and fry till its golden brown.Then add the tomato cubes and the curry leaves and let it boil till the gravy thickens.
3.Next we add the masala. Add chilly powder,pepper,cumin powder,corriander powder and salt.Once the raw smell is gone,add half the coconut milk and let the gravy thicken.
4.Add the cocum soaked in water..Finally add the remaining coconut milk and let the gray thicken well.
The gravy is ready now!!!
6.Once the fish is done,place the banana leaf over a low flame for a few seconds.This is done so that leaves won't tear/break easily!
7.Now place half the gravy on the coconut leaf and then place the fish over it.Also place gravy inside the fish
and then on the top of it.Make sure the fish is completely covered by the gravy.
8.Now cover the fish completely with the banana leaf and bake it well.You can use the same pan used for frying the fish.Cover with a lid so that the fish is well cooked and the gravy is well absorbed.
So there you go...yummy meen pollichathu is ready!!!Serve with rice and enjoy :)