Karimeen Pollichathu

Kerala Style Pearl fish(Karimeen) fry

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Karimeen Pollichathu

Kerala Style Pearl fish(Karimeen) fry

Category : Non-Vegetarian, Seafood

By Sapna Anu B George

Published On: 10 Jul 2003

Rating: 3
31 Votes, 10 Reviews
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30 Minutes
Served : 4
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Step 1

For cleaning the Pearl fish:
1)Pearl fish comes with a coating of thick scales which has to be sliced off with a sharp knife, keeping the head and tail intact.

Step 2

Rub the fish on rough surface( on a cutting board) with salt and clean inside out.

Step 3

Wash with clean water and soak them in curd/lemon juice to get rid of the any bad smell of the fish.

Step 4

After half an hour, take the fish out of the curd/lemon juice and wash in clean water.

Step 5

Make slits through the fish diagonally.

Step 6

For preparing the masala:
1)Grind together black pepper, small onions, red chillies, ginger and garlic into a coarse paste.

Step 7

Add red chilly powder, turmeric and salt and little water to make the masala to a paste form.

Step 8

Rub it all over the fish inside out.

Step 9

Keep the curry leaves pasted to the fish too.

Step 10

Refrigerate it covered for about half an hour for the masala to absorbed into the fish.

Step 11

Take out and fry in coconut oil on both sides, until it turns dark brown.

Step 12

:- Serve hot on a plantain leaf.

Step 13

For making the gravy:
1)Take out the excess oil from the above frying pan..

Step 14

Heat up the remaining masala dust and oil.

Step 15

Fry half-cup button onions along with curry leaves.

Step 16

When they turn light brown, pour the gravy over the fish.


I dont think you have ever eaten Karimeen pollichathu ? Plz go to Manipuzha (a small resturant on the right hand side of the sasthri road Kottayam ) and taste it once. You yourself can make out the difference between ur recipe and the actual recipe.By the way this recipe is a good tasty Karimeen fry .


Pollicha fish is never fried.Aluminium foil can be used instead of plaintain leaves(i have done that)- it is ok though the taste isnt close to the one prepared using plaintain leaves.


excellent recipe . the best karimeen fry i ever made. can we use the same recipe for other fishes also?


very nice.. i added kashmiri chilli powder so i got more masalla. and when i was fring the fish added fresh cream. its was very delicious.awesome


There is no frying involved.. )Grind together the ingredients for making the paste. 2)Marinate the fish with the above paste for an hour or so. 3)Coat a few heated plantain leaves with oil. 4)Place the marinated fish over it and place the whole thing in a frying pan. 5)Keep the flame on low, cover and cook, till it is done. 6)Heat up another frying pan. 7)Add the chopped small onions, ginger, green chillies and curry leaves and sauté lightly. 8)Place the cooked fish (without the plantain leaves) in the above pan and coat it with the sautéed masala. :- See to it that the fish doesn’t get broken. :- Do not discard the plantain leaves as u can use it while serving. 9)Add coconut milk and mix well with the masala. 10)Adjust the level of salt. 11)Simmer for a few mins, till the all the water gets evaporated. 12)Wrap it in the plantain leaves while serving.


The reciepe was too bad as the ingrediants specified above was not even sufficicent for marinating one fish.Please do not give wrong receipes.


The Karimeen pollichathu, that I know of is wrapped in banaba leafs and placed in an earthern container and with no water or oil fried over medium heat. This is just another fish fry. Like any other fish fry, it is good. Nothing exceptional. Why in the world do you need aluminium foil for ?

Priya Ashok

It`s really nice recipe. Make it and enjoy the delicious taste of Karemeen.


Just want to know what for the aluminium foil is. is it for wrapping the fish after marinating and microwave? in any case, the dish is tasty


Your fish tasted really, really, really good!!!! The fish were so good that I actually ate FOUR at one meal (this is a lot for me!). I request you to try this recipe, it WILL be WORTHWHILE!!!!!!!!

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