( Fried Karimeen/pearl spot/green chromide in coconut milk and red curry sauce)
karimeen or pearl spot is a favorite fish of Keralites and it is the official state fish.This fleshy and oval shaped fish is a fresh water fish and it is found in through out Kerala especially back waters of Kottayam and Alapuzha.This oval shaped fish got its name because of the white shiny diamond like spots over its body.
Karimeen was officialy announced as the state fish of Kerala in the year 2010.Karimeen is a an expensive fish and this hot delicacy is a top item in most of the restaurant menus.A boat ride in the back waters while relishing the karimeen pollichathu or karimeen fry is an integral part of an average tourist’s Kerala experience.
Karimeen is an extremely tasty fish and its must try item.This is a recipe I inspired by my best friend Liza Marium George’s mother Mrs.Ponnamma George.Mummy is a very good cook and I am a big fan of her neimeen charu curry,kadumanga achar and neimeen pickle.
We can cook karimeen in different ways,karimeen fry and karimeen pollichathu are the most demanding items.Actually I planned to prepare karimeen pollichathu.but Plantain leafs are not always available here.So I prepared this Karimeen masala.Here is the recipe………..