Air Fryer Whole Mackerel Fish Roast#FishFriday

This is recipe is a Kerala delectable mackerel fish roast in banana leaf wrap . It's spicy but delicious and it pairs best with hot steamed rice. This fish recipe is popularly known as fish pollichath.

1 Whole Mackerel - make slits
Coconut oil or Vegetable oil as required
Banana leaf's as required
For Fish Marination
¼ Teaspoon Turmeric powder - quarter tsp
½ Teaspoon Chili powder - half tsp
1 Teaspoon Vinegar / Lemon juice
¼ Teaspoon Level Sea Salt
For The Masala
1 Large Tomato - sliced
1 Teaspoon Garlic - mashed
1 Teaspoon Kashmir Chilly powder
¼ Teaspoon Turmeric powder
¼ Teaspoon Salt
¼ Teaspoon Garam Masala powder
Other Ingredients
3 - 4 Kaffir Lime Leaves
1 Lemon - cut into thin slices

Clean and wash the fish well , then pat dry it well. Give slits in fish and marinate the fish with all the ingredients given under 'for fish marination'. Keep refrigerated for 1 hour (do not skip this).
Meanwhile let's make the masala
Heat a kadai with a tablespoon oil. Add the tomato slices, salt and sauté well. Cover and cook over a medium flame until mushy. Add mashed garlic and stir well until raw smell of garlic disappears. Then add chilly, garam masala powder and turmeric powder. Combine well. To this add half a cup of water and let it cook until oil separates. Switch off the flame.
Heat oil in a pan for shallow frying. Fry the marinated fish until both sides for a minute on each side. Be careful, do not fry the fish until crispy. Transfer to a plate.
Now take a banana leaf and slightly heat the banana leaf. This helps to fold the leaf without breaking.
Take the leaf place half of the tomato masala on the leaf , then lemon slices, chiffonades of karffir lime leaves Now place the half fried fish.
Top the remaining tomato roast masala over the fish again lemon slices and chiffonade of karffir lime leaves.
Fold the banana leaf and seal it folds with tooth picks.
Preheat the air fryer at 180°C for 5 minutes. 
Place this in the basket of the air fryer and set the timer to 10 minutes.
Ta da.. air fryer healthy whole mackerel fish is ready to be enjoyed.
When done, serve hot with the leaf.
Enjoy with hot steamed rice.
Labels: Mackerel, Whole Mackerel, Kerala, Air Fryer, Banana Leaf, Spicy, Main course, Seafood/Fish, Fish Friday
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  1. I can almost smell that fish steaming....I'm sure it was very flavorful.

  2. I wish mackerel was more available here! So nutritious.

  3. WOW - this one looks AWESOME! And an idea for my new air fryer! I am awaiting trying this one out - need to get just a couple ingredients, and there I will go!