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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Spot Pearl Fish/Karimeen Pollichathu - Reader's Post

After a few months gap here's another Readers Post from a very close friend of mine - Roshini Jyothikumar. Her hubby's a good friend/co worker of my hubby's and her lovely daughter is my son's first best pal. I first met her at a family outing, a few years back, sponsored by the company where both our husbands work and since we didn't know anyone else there (and also coz we happened to stay nearby then) we gave each other company and chit chatted about each and everything, the topic mainly being - our kids, who are of the same age. Soon our kids started going to the same school, same class and our friendship grew. 

Now, though our kids are going to different schools, I still call her up and trouble her with my queries regarding each and everything under the sun. And she keeps helping me in all the ways she can, just how a good friend should. 
She's also a very good cook, and she has prepared a very yummy and lip smacking Kerala dish - Spot Pearl/Karimeen Pollichathu - which happens to be her own recipe. Let's check it out....

Roshini : "This is my own recipe karimeen/pearl spot pollichathu in a different way"


Karimeen 1 no.
 Lime juice 1 tsp 

For Masala paste

 Coriander pwdr 2 tsp 
Chilli pwdr 1/2 tsp 
Turmeric pwdr 1/2 tsp
 Pepper pwdr 1/2 tsp 
Shallots ( button onion) 3 or 4 no's. Garlic cloves 5 or 6 no's.
 Fennel seeds 1 pinch 
A few curry leaves

Grind all these to make the masala paste.   


Clean the fish and make fine cuts on it. Marinate with lime juice and salt for 5 to 10 minutes. Apply a thick layer of masala paste on the fish. Apply a little oil on banana leaf. Wrap the fish in the leaf and tie it properly. Heat a pan apply a few drops of oil on it. Place the fish on it as and cover with a lid. Cook each side 5 to 6 minutes.   

Thank you Roshini for sharing this delicious recipe, and thanks for being my 3 am buddy (metaphorically. ... don't worry I'll try not to call you at such timings  ;)  )


  1. Hi suji...., Thanks for the post...hope this will help some 'easy-cooking' lovers.

    Note:Fresh banana leaves can be stored in the refrigerator up to 1 month, if it is properly wrapped in a polythene bag. Make sure to cut the leaves in to medium pieces. Other wise it won't fit in the bag.

  2. Thanks dear....that's a very good tip.... and very helpful too... :)