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Fish in Banana Leaves

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Kerala style Fish in Banana Leaves
Pomfret – 250 gms, whole, cleaned, washed and drained
Banana Leaves – 1
Oil – 1/2 cup
Onion – 1, chopped
Green Chillies – 2, chopped
Ginger – 1 two inch piece, chopped
Garlic – 4 cloves, chopped
Tamarind Extract – 1/4 cup
Turmeric Powder – 1/8 tsp
Red Chilli Powder – 1 1/2 tsp

For the marinade:
Juice of 1 Lime
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt as per taste


1. Mix the marinade ingredients and rub into fish.
2. Marinate for 20 minutes and keep aside.
3. Heat oil in a pan.
4. Deep fry the fish for 3 to 5 minutes on each side.
5. Remove the fish from pan and keep aside to drain.
6. Reduce oil to 1 tblsp.
7. Add onions, green chillies, ginger and garlic.
8. Fry till onions turn translucent.
9. Pour the tamarind extract.
10. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and boil till mixture thickens.
11. Coat the fish with mixture and stuff with remaining mixture.
12. Clean the banana leaf with a damp cloth on both sides.
13. Dry and pass over medium heat to make it pliable.
14. Cut into pieces large enough to hold fish.
15. Wrap fish in banana leaves and use toothpicks to secure.
16. Roast on a hot tawa on each side for 4 to 5 minutes or steam cook for 4 to 5 minutes, till banana leaves turn blackish brown.
17. Serve hot.

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