Ayala pollichathu


Ayala pollichathu is a delicious, spicy and tangy fish preparation very popular in Kerala Cuisine. Usually we prepare pollichathu recipe with Karimeen or Pearl Spot. We can prepare pollichathu with almost all fishes. Here we are preparing a delicious and healthy fish preparation, Ayala Pollichathu, that can be savored and relished well with hot rice. This is a quick and easy preparation requiring minimum ingredients. We prepare pollichathu in banana leaves and that makes the fry unique from other fried fishes. This is a traditional styled and authentic dish with a unique flavor and aroma. The distinct flavor will leave you amazed. You will discover the dish very popular in star rated hotels and restaurants in Kerala. Tourists who visit Kerala usually fall in for the special delicacy. Wilted banana leaves are used for the preparation.

Cleaned Ayala or Mackerel fishes are marinated with a blend of chilly masala and fried to a light brown color. Sauteed onion masala mixture is spread on a banana leaf and a fried Ayala is placed on top. One more layer of spicy masala is spread on top of fish and the banana leaf is folded into a packet. Place the packet in a pan and cover the top. Steam for a few minutes so the spicy masala mixture is well blended with the fried fishes. The flavors enter the fish pieces making it a lip smacking favorite.  Mackerel fishes are very healthy and nutritious having high level of essential fatty acids and other nutrients. Ayala or Mackerel is advised for daily usage. Consuming Mackerel is very good for your heart and it prevents heart attack. You can explore a well detailed Ayala pollichathu recipe here that can be easily prepared at home. Enjoy authentic Kerala flavor with loved ones at home. Good Luck.

Ayala pollichathu

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 2 People



  • Marinate fish with 1 1/2 tsp red chilly powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and salt as required. Keep aside for 15 minutes. Then fry both sides in 2 tbsp hot coconut oil. Keep it aside and chop onion, tomato and green chilly.
  • Heat oil in the same pan and add ginger garlic paste and saute till raw smell goes off. Add finely chopped onion and salt as required (or shallots), Fry well.
  • When onion gets fried, add sliced tomatoes, green chillies and curry leaves. Then add red chilly powder, turmeric powder and fry till tomatoes become mushy.
  • Take half masala from the pan and place it in a banana leaf.
  • Place fried ayala on the top of masala. Cover fish with remaining masala and cover all the sides of fish with the banana leaf.
  • Cover the pan cook for 4-6 minutes
  • Serve hot with rice.


You can visit this link Kerala Karimeen Pollichathu.  You can visit this link Spicy Fish Fry.
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