Karimeen Pollichathu


Karimeen Pollichathu

Kerala Style Pearl fish(Karimeen) fry
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 people


For the Gravy:

  • 1 cup Button onions Kunjulli
  • 1 tsp Red chilly powder
  • Salt As reqd
  • 2 stalks Curry leaves


  • For cleaning the Pearl fish: 1)Pearl fish comes with a coating of thick scales which has to be sliced off with a sharp knife, keeping the head and tail intact.
  • Rub the fish on rough surface( on a cutting board) with salt and clean inside out.
  • Wash with clean water and soak them in curd/lemon juice to get rid of the any bad smell of the fish.
  • After half an hour, take the fish out of the curd/lemon juice and wash in clean water.
  • Make slits through the fish diagonally.
  • For preparing the masala: 1)Grind together black pepper, small onions, red chillies, ginger and garlic into a coarse paste.
  • Add red chilly powder, turmeric and salt and little water to make the masala to a paste form.
  • Rub it all over the fish inside out.
  • Keep the curry leaves pasted to the fish too.
  • Refrigerate it covered for about half an hour for the masala to absorbed into the fish.
  • Take out and fry in coconut oil on both sides, until it turns dark brown.
  • :- Serve hot on a plantain leaf.
  • For making the gravy: 1)Take out the excess oil from the above frying pan..
  • Heat up the remaining masala dust and oil.
  • Fry half-cup button onions along with curry leaves.
  • When they turn light brown, pour the gravy over the fish.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Response (9)
  1. l
    leen May 6, 2009

    I dont think you have ever eaten Karimeen pollichathu ? Plz go to Manipuzha (a small resturant on the right hand side of the sasthri road Kottayam ) and taste it once. You yourself can make out the difference between ur recipe and the actual recipe.By the way this recipe is a good tasty Karimeen fry .

  2. V
    VN June 9, 2008

    Pollicha fish is never fried.Aluminium foil can be used instead of plaintain leaves(i have done that)- it is ok though the taste isnt close to the one prepared using plaintain leaves.

  3. R
    Rajesh March 21, 2007

    The reciepe was too bad as the ingrediants specified above was not even sufficicent for marinating one fish.Please do not give wrong receipes.

  4. P
    Priya Ashok April 20, 2004

    It`s really nice recipe. Make it and enjoy the delicious taste of Karemeen.

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