One food I wish to have I will never have now that its creator is no more. My Mother had a delicious preparation of pearl spot fish or chromide. I did not pay attention in those days to anything in a kitchen. But the taste of this dish always lingers.
Unfortunately, I do not know the recipe. That is written in my mother’s brain and taste buds. It is known as “karimeen pollichchathu”. The seasoning is a blend of onion, garlic, ginger, green chilies, coconut milk, vinegar and salt. Something else must be there too. All these are added at different stages of sauteeing in coconut oil. The mixture covers the scaled and cleaned fish and the whole thing is wrapped around by banana leaf and cooked gently in an earthenware pan. It has a mothwatering aroma. Eating this is a hedonistic experience. But one has to be careful in eating this because there are many bones. We ate this with fingers to remove the bones. It goes well with rice and other Kerala vegetable dishes.