Ayakoora Pollichathu ( King Fish Roasted In Banana Leaves)


250 gm / 3 pieces of king fish/ ayakoora/  neymeen
1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
50 gm shallots
3 garlic cloves
2-3 dry red chillies
1 1/2 tsp vinegar
salt to taste
few curry leaves
banana leaves


  1. Clean king fish pieces and marinate it with chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat little oil in a pan and fry the marinated fish pieces and keep it aside.
  3. In the same oil used for frying fish, add the chopped shallots , garlic and dry red chillies and saute well.
  4. Then grind it with vinegar and salt without adding water to a smooth paste and keep it aside.
  5. Wilt lightly the  banana leaves by placing it on the gas flame. Spread 2 tsp onion paste on the banana leaf and place the fried fish on top of it. Then cover the fish with another layer of onion paste.
  6. Sprinkle few curry leaves and 1 tsp coconut oil on top of it and fold the banana leaf to wrap up the fish and tie it using a thread or with a banana leaf stem fiber. Repeat the same with other fried fish pieces ..
  7. Heat a non stick pan / tawa and place the wrapped fish, cover and roast /grill on low flame for 4-5 minutes on each side, till both sides are done..Remove from the pan and serve hot..
Recipe adapted from Tasty Treat..



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