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  1. Karimeen pollichathu is one of the most famous Kerala delicacies for the world. Making is simple but Taste unique. So let’s start
  2. First of all, clean the fish well and keep it aside
  3. we will prepare the masala for marination. Mix half teaspoon Turmeric powder, three teaspoons Chilly powder, two teaspoons Black pepper powder and enough salt
  4. Add one and a half tablespoon Lemon juice and make the mix to a paste. You can add enough water for the purpose
  5. Make cutting marks on the sides of the fish. Apply the marination masala over the fish
  6. Heat oil and Fry the fish 70%. Keep it aside
  7. Next, we will make the masala for the fish. Add half cup Shallots sliced to the same oil we used to fry fish. If required, you can add more oil
  8. Saute it for some time. Add 1-2 Green chillies and a spring Curry leaves. saute it well
  9. When the Shallots seems cooked, add 2 sliced Tomatoes.
  10. We will add a teaspoon Ginger-Garlic paste to the mix when Tomatoes are cooked. Don’t forget to add enough Salt
  11. Now, we will add some masala to the mix. Add 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon Chilly powder, 1/2 teaspoon Black pepper powder and 1/2 teaspoon Coriander powder
  12. Combine everything well. Saute it for some more time.
  13. When it starts to be dry, add Coconut milk to the mix and cook till it becomes mashy
  14. As we mentioned, we will further cook the fish in banana leaf. we will prepare the banana leaf
  15. We will prepare with the leaf by moving it over the flame. The flame will make the banana leaf more flexible and less chance to break it while folding
  16. Next place the Banan leaf. It’s better to place another piece of banana leaf over the first one to avoid excess burn off
  17. Place some masala over the leaf as per the size of the fish. Place the fish and cover it with masala on both sides
  18. Fold the leaf, so that the fish will be in the bundle. Tight the bundle with some threads for security
  19. Heat some oil in a pan, place the bundle, pour some more oil over it. Cover it with a lid and cook it for some time
  20. When one side cooked well, flip it and cook the other side too.
  21. When both sides become light brown colour, you can remove it from the flame.
  22. Karimeen pollichathu is ready. Enjoy Kerala traditional karimeen with lunch