Vazhayilayil pothinja Fish Masala (Fish Wrapped in Banana Leaf)


To Marinate-
Pomfret or Pearl Spot: 4
Salt: Enough
Chilly Powder: 3 tsp
Turmeric Powder: 1/2 tsp
Ginger-Garlic Paste: 1 1/2 tsp
Lemon Juice: 2 tsp
Oil: 2 tsp

For Sauce:
Onion: 3 big, thinly sliced
Cherry tomatoes: handful
Salt: Enough
Coriander Powder: 2 1/2 tsp
Chilly Powder: 2 tsp
Turmeric Powder: 1/2 tsp
Ginger: 2" piece, grated
Curry Leaves: Handful
Coriander Leaves: Handful, chopped


Banana Leaf: big enough to wrap fishes individually


Clean fish and score with a sharp knife
Mix rest of the ingredients from To Marinate and spread them on fish evenly
Let it sit for 2 hours
In a pan heat some oil and shallow fry fish until its half-way done (Make sure the heat is low to get crispy crust)
In a deep pan heat up some oil
Add onion, ginger, and tomatoes and cover and cook on low heat until its very soft; about 15 minutes
Add salt, coriander powder, chili powder, turmeric powder, and curry leaves and fry till the raw smell is gone
Add coriander leaves, stir well, and turn off heat
Wilt banana leaves on open flame
Add some onion masala on banana leaf, place fish on top of it, and add some more onion masala on top of fish
Wrap the banana leaf carefully and secure all ends with toothpicks
Place them on a baking sheet
Preheat the oven and bake fish in 350 degree F for 20 minutes
Unwrap carefully and enjoy with rice!!! :)


  1. Tempting clicks,makes me drool..looks delicious.

  2. wow...what a wonderful fish recipe...loved it so much !looks delicious !

  3. What could be better than this.. My mom makes this always!

  4. aww.. love ur fish.. yummy..

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    Do visit me when u get time dear .

  5. hmmmmmmm............yummy........first time here.........pls visit my space vn u r free.........


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