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வாழை இலை Fish Fry

Updated: Jun 22, 2021

Banana leaves are used to wrap marinated fish or meat, for grilling or sticky (glutinous) rice for boiling; similar to cooking “en papilotte”. Often banana leaves are also used as a lining of bamboo or wooden platters or plates for food to be served on it.

Why do we use banana leaves?
The leaves have a wide range of applications because they are large, flexible, waterproof and decorative. They are used for cooking, wrapping, and food-serving in a wide range of cuisines in tropical and subtropical areas.


Always add lemon juice or vinegar when you make fish fry since it adds nice taste and eliminates the fishy odor.
Marinate fish pieces in the masala for minimum 30 mins. Longer you marinate the deeper flavor.
Fry fish pieces in coconut oil for maximum flavor.
Go heavy on the curry leaves. it adds so much flavor.

1)Mix salt and turmeric in fish and leave to marinate for 10 mins. Rinse it well.
2)Apply vinegar or lemon juice over fish and wash it well.
3)Apply, salt, turmeric, lemon juice over fish and marinate for 10 mins. Now wash it well.
4)Soak it in milk: Casein, a protein found in milk, will bind to the fish and leave the fish smelling fresh as ever.
5)Mixture Of Corn Starch, Salt And Powdered Turmeric. Apply this over fish and wash it well.
6)Plain salt water can get rid of the fish smell.


வாழை இலை Fish Fry

Course : Main Dish

Cuisine : Indian

Prep time :10 minutes

Process time : 20minutes

Total time : 30 minutes


  • Cutla Fish - 4 pieces

  • Banana leaves - 1

  • Mint paste - 3 tsp

  • Coriander paste - 3 tsp

  • Green chilli paste - 4 tsp

  • Ginger-garlic paste - 3 tsp

  • Turmeric paste -1 tsp

  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp

  • Salt - as per taste

  • Groundnut oil - 3 tsp


  1. Wash the Cutla fish well. I have taken four pieces

  2. In a bowl add, mint, coriander, green chili, ginger-garlic , turmeric paste and mix.

  3. To the paste, add lemon juice and salt as per taste and mix well.

  4. Now coat this masala on cutla fish, both sides and marinate them for 20 minutes.

  5. Take banana leaf, wash them and slightly show the leave on hot tawa so the leaf becomes soft, this makes the leaf to fold easy.

  6. On the heated leaf, keep marinated fish, apply groundnut oil on top.

  7. Cover the leaf and tie them with thread.

  8. Add oil on hot tawa and place the banana leaf wrapped fish on it.

  9. Cover and cook on both sides.

  10. Serve hot!! by removing the leaf.

Grinding the masalas all is been done with amikkal(hand grinder), you can used the powder, to make your dish faster.
I have cooked the dishes in ROCKET STOVE, to know more about rocket stove, check out my old blog site, click the link below.

Rocket Stove - What is it all about

Check out my youtube link below for this recipe :

Other way to traditional way series blog and youtube link given below:

Chicken Gravy & Rajamudi rice (EP1 Rocket Stove)

Green Chili Prawns & Black rice (Kavuni rice) (EP2 Rocket Stove)

Paneer Pot Briyani & Sesame Brinjal Fry- veg (Rocket Stove EP3)

Egg Drop Gravy with Chapathi || Rocket Stove EP4

Silver Pomfret Fry ||Rocket Stove EP5

Ragi Soup || Rocket Stove EP6

5 Dal Rasam || 5 Parrupu Rasam || Rocket Stove EP7

Pictorial :

grind to paste
green chili
to paste
mint, grind to paste
coriander leaves
to paste
mint paste
coriander paste
green chili paste
ginger-garlic,turmeric paste
lemon juice
eat the leaf
apply oil on top
wrap and tie
keep the warp and cook both sides
ready to serve

"The number one rule of fishing is be quiet. Don't scare the fish!"

Other 6th month baby food recipes link given below:

Baby's First Food - When, What, How to introduce Solid foods.

Ragi Powder (Home-made) - for Babies

Sprouted Ragi Powder for babies

Homemade Rice-Moong Dal Cerelac

Sathumaavu - Health Mix Power

Rice Moong- Dal Cerelac

Ragi Porridge

Sprouted Ragi Porridge

Carrot Puree


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