Kerala style Grilled LeatherJacket in Banana Leaf

It’s a cold, wet day in Melbourne today and it makes me super lazy. And it’s Thursday already, which makes me even lazier with the comforting thought of the approaching weekend.

But there’s a mountain of work that I need to wade through before the end of the day and writing this post is one of them.

In my last seafood post, I did mention this wonderful and delicious project that I have currently undertaken for a seafood company. I also did mention that you are going to see a lot of seafood dishes for the same reason. Now, I am not complaining because I love seafood and thoroughly enjoy cooking and devouring it.

The recipes are mostly going to be based on Indian cuisine but I am aiming at a good, mixed variety showcasing the vastness of Indian food and the sheer variety we have in our country. So do pour in suggestions if there’s anything in particular that you would like to see or if you have any family favourites that I must try out.

Meen Pollichathu or Fish smoked in banana leaf, is a traditional delicacy of Kerala and one of the most popular dishes in and around the Backwaters of Kerala.

Today, this famous dish gets a makeover; one that is more refreshing, low on spices and calories.

Kerala style Grilled Leatherjacket in Banana Leaf - a delicious classic gets reinvented - thespiceadventuress.com

And very untraditionally, I have used the leatherjacket to prepare today’s dish. This fish gets its name from the slight thicker and leathery skin; but with delicious flesh beneath. Being a robust fish, it can take on layers of flavour which makes it apt for this dish. Leatherjacket is best grilled or pan fried with spices and aromatics. To use in curries, remove skin and use the fillets.

You could use any kind of fish for this preparation, especially ones with firm, white flesh.

Kerala style Grilled Leatherjacket in Banana Leaf - a delicious classic gets reinvented - thespiceadventuress.com

The leatherjacket is first marinated with spices and shallow fried. It is then grilled inside a banana leaf with onions, tomatoes, freshly grated coconut and shallots. If you do not have an oven, then you can use a pan grill or an ordinary non-stick pan; just remember to smear a few drops of oil to avoid the leaves from sticking. And remember to grill it on low heat, to let the flavours seep through the fish.

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So here’s Kerala style grilled leatherjacket in banana leaf; and for the recipe, you need to visit this site.

Kerala style Grilled Leatherjacket in Banana Leaf - a delicious classic gets reinvented - thespiceadventuress.com

Enjoy!

Recipe developed, styled and shot for Supreme Seafood.

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11 thoughts on “Kerala style Grilled LeatherJacket in Banana Leaf

  1. maamej March 12, 2015 at 7:28 am Reply

    Looks good, and even better, I think leatherjacket gets the green light on the sustainable seafood list.

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    • vanyadhanya March 12, 2015 at 7:52 am Reply

      yes it does; I try and include more of the local and sustainable variety in my daily meals these days. We need to take better care of our seas.

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      • maamej March 12, 2015 at 8:37 am

        We do indeed!

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  2. lapetitepaniere March 12, 2015 at 4:27 am Reply

    Wow, gorgeous 🙂

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  3. elsonsequeira March 12, 2015 at 4:20 am Reply

    That fish look like a huge fella…. Never heard of it in India though 😦 .. So is the same preparation as the pulichettu?

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    • vanyadhanya March 12, 2015 at 7:52 am Reply

      It is available in India, atleast for sure in South India. But don’t know the local name. I was lucky to get the bigger fellas. What is pulichettu?

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      • elsonsequeira March 12, 2015 at 8:52 am

        Pulichetu (Hope I’m spelling it right) is a Keralite fry fish dish.. Nice,spicy and red in colour

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      • vanyadhanya March 12, 2015 at 10:35 pm

        Never heard of it before. Any clue which part of Kerala?

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      • elsonsequeira March 14, 2015 at 5:48 pm

        Aleppey

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      • vanyadhanya March 15, 2015 at 9:45 am

        It could be a local terminology; would enquire more about it.

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