Avolli Pollichathu

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Silver Pomfret(Avolli) – 1 kg (4 to 5 nos)
Black pepper powder – 1 tbsp
Powdered Coconut – 1 tsp (Optional)
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Red chilly powder – 1 tbsp
Salt – As reqd
Curry leaves – 2 stalks
Coconut oil – 1/4 cup
Ginger/Garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
Sesame Seeds – 2 tsp (Optional)
Coconut Milk – 3 Cups
Aluminium foil – A roll
Lemon Juice – 2 tsp

For the Gravy:
Button onions(Kunjulli) – 1 cup
Red chilly powder – 2 tsp
Button onions(Kunjulli) – 10 nos
Corriander Powder – 1 tsp
Garam Masala – 2 pinch
Salt – As reqd
Whole red chillies(Kollamulaku) – 3 nos
Ginger – ½” long
Garlic pods – 6 no
Curry leaves – 2 stalks


For cleaning the Silver Pomfret:
1)Clean the fish remove the waste from its belly, cut its fin in a nice

shape, so that it looks good when presented.

2)Rub the fish on rough surface( on a cutting board) with salt and clean

inside out.

3)Wash with clean water and soak them in lemon juice to get rid of the any

bad smell of the fish.

4)After half an hour, take the fish out of the lemon juice and wash in clean


5)Make slits through the fish diagonally.

For preparing the masala:
1)Mix black pepper powder, grated coconut powder, red chilli powder, ginger

and garlic paste into a coarse paste.

2)Add turmeric and salt and little water to make the masala to a paste form.

3)Rub it all over the fish inside out.

4)Stuff the curry leaves inside and out of the fish.

5)Refrigerate it covered for about half an hour for the masala to absorbed

into the fish.

6)Take out the fish ,remove the curry leaf which was stuffed outside and fry

in coconut/veg/olive oil on both sides, until it turns dark brown.

:- Keep it aside.

For making the gravy:

1)Take out the excess oil from the above frying pan..

2) Add the half-cup cut shallots,ginger, garlic and saute it well until the

raw smell goes off thats takes like hardly 2 or 3 mins.

3)Add red chilly powder, corriander powder, garam masala powder and

remaining fish masala and curry leaves .

3) Add sesame seeds and Saute it well also add little bit salt . (remember

that u have added salt when u fried the fish).

4)When they turn slight brown and tastes good, spread the gravy on the foil

or the banana leaf keep the fish above the gravy and also pour gravy above

the fish too. Fold the foil carefully and make 3 or 4 needle holes with a

pin be carefull that u dont tear the foil and keep it aside.

For boiling the Fish

1) Take a flat pan and add 3 cups of coconut milk to it and add little bit

salt and turmeric powder.

2) Place the folded fish gravy pack to the coconut milk and close the pan

allow it to cook for abt 15 to 20 mins.

3) After 15 mins place fish gravy pack into a serving pan , Open the pack

carefully without the damaging the fish and pour little bit of the boiled

coconut milk over the fish and serve it.

:- If u get the banana leaf for packing the fish it will add more taste.

:- If u r adding the grated coconut for the masala, grind all the masala

ingredients to a fine paste.

:- Add the Chilly according to ur taste. This recipe is little bit hot..

Try out this Recipe and make ur guest bite their fingers.

Recipe By
Kiran Mary.

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6 Responses to “Avolli Pollichathu”

  1. sailaja Says:

    Nice effort…looks tempting

  2. tina Says:

    My all time fav..Looks spicy and yummy…

  3. adukalavishesham Says:

    looks very delicious… very tempting too….

  4. Cicily Antony Says:

    LOve avoli…and lovely click…

  5. Amy Kuriakose Says:

    My all time fav..Looks spicy and yummy…

  6. Obagi Says:

    oh my, that looks soo good. masala ingredients makes me salivate:)

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