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Good quality fish - 1 kg
Fresh coconut - 1/4
Green chillies - 4
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Garlic flakes - 4
Salt - 1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric - 1 tsp
Lime - 1
Fresh coriander leaves - 1 tbsp
Banana leaves as required


  • Cut the fish into long pieces. Wash them clean after rubbing them for some time with salt and turmeric.
  • Place them in a colander to drain out the water. Take them out from the colander and place them on a coarse cloth, fold the cloth over the pieces. this would completely make the fish pieces dry.
  • Grind coconut, coriander, cumin seeds, green chillies and garlic together along with salt. Squeeze out the juice from the lime and mix with the paste.
  • Smear each piece of fish with the ground paste. When all the pieces are well smeared with the paste, keep them in a big plate. Let them remain for 15 minutes so that they are well soaked in the paste.
  • Wash, dry and cut the banana leaves into big squares. Grease each square with a little oil and place one piece of fish in the centre. Fold over the sides of the leaf like an envelope and tie securely with thread. 
  • Thus prepare all the pieces like that.
  • Place a big wide vessel on fire with enough oil.  When the oil is heated, arrange the fish envelopes in it as many as easily accommodated. Lower the fire a little and cover the vessel.
  • After few minutes, take away the lid and turn the envelopes upside down.
  • Cover the vessel again for some time, remove the lid and them again. Do not cover but let them be fried.
  • When the banana leaves turn brown on both sides, take them out. Thus fry all the fish packets.
  • Remove the thread and the banana leaves and serve hot.

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