Karimeen Pollichathu

karimeen pollichadu

My husband recently visited Kerala for 10 days, while returning he brought few Karimeen / Pearl Spot Fish. He asked me, why you don’t prepare Karimeen Pollichathu with it. I readily agreed thinking, “I can add this to my CURRYLIVES” J. Now a days everything and every cooking revolves around CurryLives…: D

The backwaters of Kerala are famous for its Karimeen. Due to its popularity and demand it has become a costly fish.

The part of Vembanad backwaters, called kaithapuzha kayal(backwaters) and Poothotta kayal (backwaters) runs around South Paravur a small village near Udayamperoor. This is where this little guys came from…

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Karimeen/Pearl spot fish Pollichathu is a Kerala delicacy where fish is marinated and wrapped in banana leaf with flavorful and aromatic masala prepared in coconut oil and cooked on a very low flame. The aroma and flavors of this delicacy is lip smacking… I can’t explain in words you should try it…

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So here is it…

Karimeen Pollichathu Recipe


  • 2 Karimeen / Pearl Spot Fish
  • 1 tsp. Chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp. Turmeric powder
  • Salt – To taste
  • Oil as Required (Coconut oil preferred)
  • 20 Pearl Onions Sliced
  • 4 Green Chilies
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Curry Leaves Few Sprigs
  • 1/4 tsp.   Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp.  Chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. Pepper powder
  • ½ Tomato Chopped
  • 2 piece Kudampuli/ Cambogia
  • Salt  – To taste
  • ½ cup Coconut Milk Thick


  • Clean wash and make slit marks on the both sides of the fish.
  • Marinate the fish with chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt for at least half an hour.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan and fry the fish slightly.(this is not a must step but just to ensure not to break the fish.
  • Remove the fish and keep it aside.
  • In a pan heat oil, add sliced pearl onion and saute till slightly brown.
  • Next add ginger, garlic, green chillies and saute until their raw smell is gone.
  • Add turmeric powder, chilli powder and pepper powder.
  • Saute for few seconds at low heat.
  • Add finely chopped tomato and saute until they turn soft.
  • Now place the fried fish inside the frying pan and coat both sides well with the sautéed masala.
  • Cover and cook fish is well-coated with the masala on both sides.
  • Add kudampuli/ cambogia along with the fish.
  • Spoon in the coconut milk as the gravy thickens, don’t pour altogether.
  • Once the gravy thickens remove and serve with rice, appam or so..


  • Heat a banana leaf over low flame for a few seconds, so that it will be pliable.
  • Grease the leaf with little oil.
  • Prepare the masala as mentioned above.
  • Spoon on the masala on to the leaf and slightly spread it.
  • Keep one fish over the spread masala add one more spoon of masala over the fish.
  • Wrap the masala coated fish in the greased banana leaf and tie with a banana string tightly like parcel.
  • Do the same with the other fish.
  • Now take a chatty(clay pot) or any wide pan will do.
  • Keep the fish parcel in it.
  • Add Kudampuli/cambogia and spoon in the coconut milk as the moisture evaporates and oil starts to show up.
  • Cook it for about 15 minutes or all the moisture evaporates, at medium heat.
  • Serve hot enjoy…

13 Comments Add yours

  1. PriyaPandian says:

    Delicious looking fish. I once had this recipe in a hotel in Munnar. It tasted awesome. Wish to try this recipe. Can we use any other fish?

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    1. yes, you can use any fish

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      1. PriyaPandian says:



  2. InspiresN says:

    looks super, love karimeen , can’t wait for my trip to Kerala end of this month !

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank You Nisha 🙂 Have a Wonderful Holiday!

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  3. This looks so good. Love the spices you’ve used.

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  4. Megala says:

    Hi ! I have nominated you for Versatile Blogger Award, please click here for more details: https://megalaskitchen.com/2017/06/16/one-lovely-blog-award/

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  5. chefkreso says:

    Love preparing fish, and this looks like a delicious recipe 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Chefkreso

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Kurian says:

    Yummy. Kerala special

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yes it is!! Kurian


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