Try brinjal fry in the lip-smacking ‘meen pollichathu’ style

Brinjal is a rich source of fibre and has several health benefits like helping to lose body weight. Photo: iStock/pabst_ell

Brinjal is used as a key ingredient in several dishes including sambar. But still, many including kids do not relish its taste. The vegetable, a rich source of fibre, has several health benefits like helping to lose body weight. A vegetable diet should be like a rainbow; you should eat colourful vegetables as they will go a long way to help you keep healthy. Let’s make a special dish using brinjal. Frying brinjal by adding fish masala is commonplace. But how about marinating it in a mix of flavourful spices and cooking by wrapping it in banana leaves? It’s just delicious and lip-smacking, just like meen pollichathu – one of the most popular delicacies that Kerala has ever offered. Let’s see how: 

1 brinjal
2 teaspoons of chilli powder
½ teaspoon coriander powder
¼ teaspoon cumin seeds powder
¼ teaspoon asafoetida powder
½ teaspoon pepper powder
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
Salt (as required)
Coconut oil (as required)
2 banana leaves

Mix all the masala powders with coconut oil to form a thick paste
Clean the brinjal and cut it into shapes of your choice
Coat the brinjal pieces with masala and keep them aside for some time
Now, wrap it tightly in banana leaves and fry
Once fried, remove the banana leaf-wrapped fish from the heat and serve

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