Karimeen Pollichathu – Fish in banana leaves

  • 1 persons
  • cooking time:40
  • difficulty


  • Pearl spot fish (or any other small white fish)
  • Banana leaves
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • half a lemon
  • salt
  • water
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp chopped ginger
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • fresh curry leaves
  • 3 tbsp chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1,5 tsp coconut milk

How to prepare

Cook your fish in a package made of banana leaves! This traditional dish from India will stun anyone you serve it to!


  • 1 Mix the chilli powder, turmeric powder, juice of ½ a lemon, a pinch of salt and a bit of water together so it becomes a smooth marinade.
    Score the clean Pearl Spot fish. Put on plastic gloves and cover the fish in the marinade.
  • 2 Put coconut oil in a pan and pan-fry the fish 2-3 minutes each side.
    For the masala: Add the coconut oil, mustard seeds, fennel seeds, chopped ginger, chopped garlic, chopped green chilli, fresh curry leaves and chopped onion to a pot and put it on a stove. Let it simmer until the ingredients start to get golden brown, then add the chilli and turmeric powder, a bit of salt and the tomato puree. Let it simmer for another 5-10 minutes on low heat. Add the coconut milk and let it simmer for 1-2 more minutes.
  • 3 Roast the banana leaves for a few seconds above the stove.
    Add the masala on the banana leaves, put the fish on top and finish with some more masala on the fish.
  • 4 Fold the banana leaves and roast it in a pan for a few minutes without oil.
    Your fish in banana leaves is ready!