Tawa Fried Pepper Fish in Banana Leaves | Pepper Meen Pollichathu

Tawa Fried Fish in Banana Leaves
AuthorBabitha Rosy Santhosh
RatingDifficultyIntermediate
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Yields3 Servings
Prep Time20 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time50 mins
Ingredients
For the Marination
 3 Mackerel Fish (or any other fish according to your taste)
 ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
 1 ½ tsp Pepper powder
 Salt to taste
For the Masala
 2 Onions
 15 Shallots
 4 Green Chilli
 2 Tomato
 1 ½ Ginger (inch piece)
 1 Garlic (pod)
 A few curry leaves
 1 cup Coriander Leaves
 ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
 1 tsp Pepper Powder
 Salt to taste
 Oil for frying
 Wilted Banana leaves to wrap the fish
Method
1

Fish fried in banana leaves is really delicious and have an irresistible flavour of the banana leaves. Here, I will be sharing with you how to make Tawa Fried Pepper Fish in Banana Leaves or simply Pepper Meen Pollichathu.

You can use any fish to make this dish. Just remember that the cook time will vary depending on the size of the fish. I have used Mackerel fish. You can use pearlspot or pomfret as well.

Clean the fish and make gashes on both sides of the fish.

Marinate the fish
2

Then, you need to marinate the fish in turmeric powder, pepper powder and salt. Refrigerate for at least half an hour to up to 2 hours. It is even better to marinate and leave it overnight.

Make the Masala
3

Take ginger, garlic and half the quantity of onions and green chilli and grind them to a coarse paste. Chop the remaining onions, green chilli and shallots. Heat oil in a pan and when the oil is hot add in the onions, green chilli, shallots, curry leaves and the coarsely ground paste. Saute well till the onions are cooked and soft. Add salt as required.

4

Once done, add in the turmeric powder and pepper powder and saute for a couple of minutes. Then add in the chopped tomatoes and saute well. Cook till the tomatoes are really soft and cooked well. Finally add in chopped coriander leaves and mix well. Keep side.

Fry the Fish
5

Next step is to fry the fish. Make sure you do not over cook the fish. We need it only around half cooked. Heat oil in a tawa and fry fish on both sides.

Wilting and Wrapping
6

Next is to wilt the banana leaves. Wash the banana leaves and wipe it with a clean cloth. Then place it on the stove and wilt it. Make sure that the leaf is really soft so that it does not break when you wrap the fish in it.

7

Once the leaf is wilted properly, we will wrap the fish in it. Place the banana leaf in a plate. Put the masala on the leaf and then place the fried fish n the masala. After that, add another layer of masala on the fish so as to cover the fish completely.

Now carefully wrap the banana leaves. Make sure that the masala does not ooze out.

Finally place wrapped fish on a hot tawa, Cover and cook on a low to medium flame and cook till the fish is done. After around 4-5 minutes flip the fish and cook on the other side as well.

Yummy Tawa Fried Pepper Fish in Banana Leaves or Pepper Meen Pollichathu is ready. Gently open the banana leaf.

Have it hot with roti, chapati or parotta.

Recipe by : Babitha Rosy Santhosh
Nutrition Facts

Servings 3


Amount Per Serving
Calories 410
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22.3g35%
Saturated Fat 3.8g19%
Cholesterol 62mg21%
Sodium 1495mg63%
Potassium 1020mg30%
Total Carbohydrate 28.2g10%
Dietary Fiber 3.9g16%
Sugars 6.2g
Protein 25g50%

Calcium 8%
Iron 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Disclaimer : The nutrition facts given in this site is for informational purpose and indicative of the estimated serving sizes. It is only an approximate nutritional value and could change depending on the product types, brands, substitutions and amount of ingredients used.

Ingredients

Ingredients
For the Marination
 3 Mackerel Fish (or any other fish according to your taste)
 ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
 1 ½ tsp Pepper powder
 Salt to taste
For the Masala
 2 Onions
 15 Shallots
 4 Green Chilli
 2 Tomato
 1 ½ Ginger (inch piece)
 1 Garlic (pod)
 A few curry leaves
 1 cup Coriander Leaves
 ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
 1 tsp Pepper Powder
 Salt to taste
 Oil for frying
 Wilted Banana leaves to wrap the fish

Directions

Method
1

Fish fried in banana leaves is really delicious and have an irresistible flavour of the banana leaves. Here, I will be sharing with you how to make Tawa Fried Pepper Fish in Banana Leaves or simply Pepper Meen Pollichathu.

You can use any fish to make this dish. Just remember that the cook time will vary depending on the size of the fish. I have used Mackerel fish. You can use pearlspot or pomfret as well.

Clean the fish and make gashes on both sides of the fish.

Marinate the fish
2

Then, you need to marinate the fish in turmeric powder, pepper powder and salt. Refrigerate for at least half an hour to up to 2 hours. It is even better to marinate and leave it overnight.

Make the Masala
3

Take ginger, garlic and half the quantity of onions and green chilli and grind them to a coarse paste. Chop the remaining onions, green chilli and shallots. Heat oil in a pan and when the oil is hot add in the onions, green chilli, shallots, curry leaves and the coarsely ground paste. Saute well till the onions are cooked and soft. Add salt as required.

4

Once done, add in the turmeric powder and pepper powder and saute for a couple of minutes. Then add in the chopped tomatoes and saute well. Cook till the tomatoes are really soft and cooked well. Finally add in chopped coriander leaves and mix well. Keep side.

Fry the Fish
5

Next step is to fry the fish. Make sure you do not over cook the fish. We need it only around half cooked. Heat oil in a tawa and fry fish on both sides.

Wilting and Wrapping
6

Next is to wilt the banana leaves. Wash the banana leaves and wipe it with a clean cloth. Then place it on the stove and wilt it. Make sure that the leaf is really soft so that it does not break when you wrap the fish in it.

7

Once the leaf is wilted properly, we will wrap the fish in it. Place the banana leaf in a plate. Put the masala on the leaf and then place the fried fish n the masala. After that, add another layer of masala on the fish so as to cover the fish completely.

Now carefully wrap the banana leaves. Make sure that the masala does not ooze out.

Finally place wrapped fish on a hot tawa, Cover and cook on a low to medium flame and cook till the fish is done. After around 4-5 minutes flip the fish and cook on the other side as well.

Yummy Tawa Fried Pepper Fish in Banana Leaves or Pepper Meen Pollichathu is ready. Gently open the banana leaf.

Have it hot with roti, chapati or parotta.

Recipe by : Babitha Rosy Santhosh
Tawa Fried Pepper Fish in Banana Leaves | Pepper Meen Pollichathu

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