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Fish in Banana leaves

Ever since I saw this grilled Trout I wanted to have it with the side salad. However I dont have a grill. I had to rely on the conventional oven but then cooking fish does not take a lot of time. The fish I used was Canadian Mackerel – It was very fleshy. I had 2 fish – Used 2 different types of rubs to suit our individual tastes.Thank you Sig for the recipe !


1 long green chilli – chopped
5 curry leaves,
3 slices of onion
2 slices of lemon

Rub the outside of the fish with a thick paste of red chilli, turmeric, salt and lemon and stuff with all under stuffing.I rubbed another fish with pepper powder, cumin powder, salt and lemon and the same stuffing except the chillies

Wrapped them in banana leaves and enclosed in aluminium wraps just like Sig blogged. Left the fish packets for an hour to marinate before popping them inside the oven at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. Then opened the packet and broiled it for 4 minutes to crisp up the skin. I served with a simple garden salad with corn with a home made yoghurt dressing.

It was very filling – I think it would make a good lunch than a dinner because it felt a little heavy.

We finished the salad with a sorakai halwa ( Duddhi, Bottlegourd ). Grate 1 bottlegourd and saute with one teaspoon of ghee until most of the water is evaporated. Use a low heat. Add 2 and half tablespoon of sugar and keep sauteing until more of the water evaporates. Add another 2 teaspoon of ghee and keep sauteing until all the water evaporates. The whole halwa will roll like a ball without sticking to the pan. Sprinkle a couple of pinches of cardamom powder. Serve with crushed almonds.
The taste was very very good. But I might not do it often because for one bottlegourd it took almost 3 tablespoon of sugar. Ravi and I shared it.


January 10, 2008 - Posted by | Everyday food, High Fibre, Low cholesterol, Weight-loss


  1. Hey Revathi, glad you enjoyed the recipe.. I have never had Canadian Mackerel, looks really yummy!

    Comment by Sig | January 10, 2008 | Reply

  2. Canadian Mackerel sounds delicious!!! Love the way you made it!!

    Comment by Padmaja | January 10, 2008 | Reply

  3. My hubby love them.
    Nice way of making them

    Comment by Happy cook | January 10, 2008 | Reply

  4. akka..banana leaf enga vanginai?

    Comment by Shankari | January 10, 2008 | Reply

  5. baked fish looks so yummyyyy and very healthy recipe

    Comment by Sagari | January 11, 2008 | Reply

  6. I am a vegeterian but I read your whole recipe , coz you reminded me of India very much by showing that banana leaf.Also i lovethe idea of baking anything in kitchen rather than deep fry.
    Thank for sharing Revathi.
    The event which you missed last year is back on my blog again. perhaps this time you won’t like to miss it. 🙂 .
    check it if you have time.

    Comment by Pooja | January 15, 2008 | Reply

  7. look this is the “diet” i told you about you should really enter the site 🙂 bye enter the site

    Comment by adam brown | January 19, 2008 | Reply

  8. That plate looks like the one we get in restaurants. Beautiful presentation. I’ll surely try this soon. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Kribha | January 21, 2008 | Reply

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