Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Karimeen pollichathu - Pearl-spot fish in banana leaf wrap

Between the weddings and the hectic preparations, there were a few meals that we managed to cook at home ... and we made sure that there was always something special to mark these meals.. I prepared this with my brother's help while our parents were out inviting people for my sister's reception...

Karimeen is one of my favourite fish, and it had been a while since I had had a taste.. so I made sure that it looked and tasted great..

Karimeen/pearl spot fish - 1 kg -scaled, cleaned and sliced (you can also do it whole, just score the outside for better marination)

Grind the following ingredients -

Shallots/cheriyulli - 8 to 10 medium sized
Garlic - 3-4 cloves
Ginger - 1 inch
Pepper corns - 5-6
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - 2-3 nos
Salt to taste

Add to the paste, -

Tamarind pulp - 1/2 tsp (thick)
Coconut oil - 1 tsp

Now marinate the fish by rubbing the paste well into the fish and leave for atleast a half-hour.

Cut and clean and wipe banana leaves well so that there is no water. Wrap the fish pieces in the leaves.. in each wrap, leave a stalk of curry leaves.

In a flat ,thick bottomed pan, wait till heated, add a teaspoon of oil . Coat well. Add the wraps, close the pan well . When one side is done, turn to the other side. You can also layer the pan with banana leaves, lay the fish and cover with another layer of banana leaves , then add the lid.

Unwrap when both sides are cooked and enjoy...

Back to routine ...!!

After three absolutely busy weeks, we are back home.. am finding things a bit quiet without the constant chatter of family, friends and neighbors, phone and mobiles ringing non-stop, instant rushing off shopping for dress n jewellery, making umpteen lists and the travel to various destinations for the two weddings....

Sights, sounds, new relations forged, it was a great experience ... I have brought back a lot of precious memories, but sadly not many photgraphs since I was too busy to weild a camera.. however there was no dearth of amateur photographers nor professionals.. so I have been promised a good supply of snaps covering the momentous occasions...

To start off, just some snaps of my sister's mehndi (henna) design. It darkened beautifully, and looked great on her wedding day.

If you look closely at the first snap, (click on the same for the magnified view), you can see the faces of a bride (her inner right hand) and groom (her inner left hand)...!!!!!

It was a treat to see my baby sister, who normally doesn't even bother with earrings, bedecked in jewellery complete with anklets, toe rings, and even a nose-ring...!!! And she looked stunning .... (No surprise there !)...

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Missing the Blog World

Life is quite busy with my brother an sister getting married.... this post is a snatched moment during these busy days...

Hope you all are missing me ...:)

Will be back soon with plenty of posts...