Whenever we go to the fish market here, we get confused with the names of the fish. We try to relate it with the ones we get there in Kerala. Also search for the Malayalam translations for each of them, though we hardly find any.
Once when I talked to my aunt about the tilapia fillets, she told that its the same what we call 'Pilappi' in our place. She gave me the idea of getting a full tilapia and baking it. My hubby welcomed that idea whole heartedly, with one condition that he needs one full fish J
Last Monday was one with heavy Monday blues. We woke up very late and then my hubby decided for a WFH (Work from Home à that’s what OSCs call a lazy day J J ). With minimal cooking for breakfast (toasted bread with nutella spread) and lunch (kanji and pickle), I too sat in front of the TV watching the adventures of Drake in “Uncharted 2 – Among the thieves”. By evening we were saturated with the PS3, so went out for grocery shopping. Suddenly it striked....... The idea to have a whole Tilapia for dinner. We went to Chinese market, where we get fresh fish, and got it straight away.
Fish (Tilapia) -- 1 whole, cleaned well
Turmeric Powder -- ½ tsp
Chilly Powder -- 2 tbsp
Coriander Powder -- ½ tsp
Ginger -- 1 ½ inch piece
Garlic -- 2 medium size cloves
Shallots -- 2 small
Curry leaves -- few
Coriander leaves -- few
Fennel seeds -- 1 tsp
Oil -- 1 tsp
Salt -- to taste
Clean the fish and slightly cut the flesh up to the bones.
Grind all the ingredients to a fine paste. Add water if required. Marinate the fish with the above marinade and keep it for 15 – 20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400 F. Broil the fish for 30 min turning to the other side after 15 min. Spray oil if required.
Recipe Courtesy: Myself