Monday, January 25, 2016

Mathi/ Sardine Pollichathu

Mathi/ Sardine Pollichathu
Spicy sardine fry is my absolute comfort food. It is only once in a while that I, experiment recipes with this fish. Earlier I post Karimeen polichathu  and chemeen polichathu.Mathi /Sardine fish pollichathu is also yummy.Pollichathu refers to fish masala wrapped in banana leaf and is slow cooked so that the fish masala gets steamed. The aroma of banana leaf also is significant in this recipe. Try this recipe,you will surely love it.

Finely minced shallots-  1 cup
Ginger- 2 inch thick finely chopped
Garlic- 6-7 finely chopped
Tomato puree- 1/2 cup
Thick coconut milk-1/2 cup
Chilly powder- 1 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/3 tsp
Coriander powder-1/2 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Vinegar- 1 tsp
Garam masala- 1/2 tsp
Fennel powder-1/2 tsp
Curry leaves
Coconut oil- 2 tsp
Banana leaf for wrapping 

Clean fish and marinate with pepper powder, salt and turmeric powder. Set this aside for five minutes and fry in medium flame till fish is cooked and both sides are evenly browned up. 
Heat oil in a pan and add minced onion,garlic,ginger and curry leaves and saute till golden brown. Pour tomato puree and cook till oil separates.Add turmeric powder, salt,coriander powder, chilly powder and garam masala and saute for a minute. Now add coconut milk and vinegar and simmer till the gravy thickens and switch off the flame.
Take banana leaf  (you can make two small parcels with this recipe) and gently place on the gas stove flame turning each side quickly till it changes color. Place this leaf on a plate and spread a thin layer of  masala. Place fried fish and spread some more masala on top of the fish. Fold in from all side wrap the leaf and tie it. (Have a look here ) . Heat a manchatti ( earthen ware) with lid or a tawa. Grease it with a little oil and place the wrap in and cover and cook for 3-4 minutes turning sides in between. Let it sit in the wrap and cool down before serving.Serve with rice or pathiri.

Try this...
Hope you will all enjoy.


  1. anything pollichathu tastes just too good... I am not a mathi fan but would love to have this...

  2. Always love that banana leaf smell in foods. Mathi meen looks delicious in that wrap. bookmarking this !

  3. Aww looks so yummy and spicy. Can imagine the smell of fish cooked in banana leaf


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