steamed fish in banana leaf kerala style

steamed fish in banana leaf kerala style


serves 4
  • 1 large or 2 medium firm fish like bass or grouper scaled and cleaned
  • 1 fresh banana leaf
  • 30ml/2tbsp rice wine
  • 3 red chilies seeded and finely sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2cm/¾in piece fresh root ginger finely shredded
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, crushed and finely chopped
  • 2 spring onions, Chopped
  • 30ml/2 tbsp fish sauce
  • juice of 1 lime
  • for the chili sauce
  • 10 red chilies, seeded and chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, Chopped
  • 60ml/4tbsp fish sauce
  • 15ml/1 tbsp sugar
  • 75ml/5 tbsp lime juice

steamed fish in banana leaf recipe kerala style


1. Rinse the fish under cold running water pat dry with kitchen paper. with a sharp knife, slash the skin of the fish a few times on both sides.
2. place the fish on a banana leaf mix together all the remaining ingredients and spread over the fish
3. place a small upturned plate in the bottom of a wok and 5cm/2m boiling water place a banana leaf on a top lift the banana leaf, together with the fish and place on the plate or rack cover with a lid and steam for about 10-15 minutes or until the fish is cooked.
4. place all the chili sauce ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth you may need to add a little cold water.
5. serve the fish hot, on the banana leaf if liked with the sweet chili sauce to spoon over the top

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