Karimeen Roast/ Pearl Spot Roast


‘Karimeen Roast’ is my MIL’s special fish recipe.  She preferred making this delectable roast whenever we bought Karimeen at home!  I have never seen anyone making this type of  ‘Fish Roast’.  So, I want to share with you all this very tasty dish which goes well with rice, appam, idiyappam and chappathis!

This special ‘Karimeen Roast’ is off to Lakshmi Venkatesh who is hosting the event “Think Spice – Think Red Chillies” which is the brain child of Sunita Bhuyan



Karimeen – 1 kg cut into pieces

Onions –  3 big sliced

Ginger – 2 ” piece chopped

Garlic – 4 chopped

Green chillies – 3 slit

Curry leaves – 4 sprigs

Tomatoes – 5 chopped

Chilly powder – 4 tsp

Kashmiri chilly powder – 2 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1 tsp

Garam masala – 1/2 tsp

Salt – to taste

Coconut oil – 4 tbsp



Heat oil in a large non stick pan and saute onions, ginger, garlic, green chillies and curry leaves till the onions turn light brown.  Add the tomatoes and saute for 2 minutes till they are soft.  Now add the chilly powders, turmeric powder, garam masala and salt.  Stir for a few seconds and push the onion masala to the sides of the pan and spread a thin layer of it on the bottom of the pan.  Place the fish pieces on this layer and cover it with the masala from the sides of the pan.  Do not add any water.  Cover the pan with a lid and cook on a medium flame till done.  Water will ooze out after a few minutes.  Take the gravy from the sides and pour it over the fish pieces.  Shake the pan occasionally.  Repeat the process 3 – 4 times while the fish is being cooked.  Serve hot!


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  1. Spicy fish roast,looks appetizing 🙂

  2. I am one your latest blog reader and am absolutely smitten by your work.Really lovely recipes!!!Karimeen roast looks fabulous & tempting…surely i will try your recipes and will give you feeback…Thank u

  3. google talk onnuvarumo?pattumenkil mathram mathi.
    eniikk adrs ariyilla.

  4. This looks absolutely delicious. I’ve been following your blog for a while now, and I wanted to thank you for teaching me quite a lot about indian cuisine and recipes. Keep it going!

    Casual Kitchen

  5. The dish sounds delicious. I’ve never seen anything like this. Congrats for all your awards and thanks a lot for passing them on to me as well.

  6. You get showerd in Awards and then i too get showered by you 🙂
    Congragulations with all the award and thanks for giving them to me also.
    Karimeen well last time i had wa swhen i was in India, while commenting i am drooling and if i say i am drooling i really mean it.

  7. Looks so good and yummy dear.. congrats on ur well deserved award.

  8. this really does looks delicious, Lissie! n congrats on all those awards! 🙂

  9. Karimeen curry sounds delicious… congrats on all your well deserved awards and thanks so much for sharing them with me Lissie 🙂

  10. Looks great…karimeen is my all time favourite……fish kondulla endayalum fav thanne….

  11. Welcome to my blog, Yasmeen! do visit again… Thanks!

  12. I have visited your blog several times but first time commenting here. All the non vegetarian recipes you have here are totally drool-worthy!

  13. WOw this curry sounds too delicious..congrats on ur awards Lissie, thanks for sharing all these awards with me..am honoured..

  14. Have tried’manja curries’.But this luks very diffnt.
    will try it soon&let u know.
    Rava appam mathiayillatto!
    Congrats on the awards&tnx a lot for sharing…u have made me so special&honoured!

  15. Welcome to my blog Sangeetha! Plz do try my recipes and let me know… Thanks!

  16. Its a pleasure having a friend like you, Sangii! Plz give me a call whenever you are free… Try my kid’s recipes too.. Rishi will love them! Thank you dear!

  17. Thank you Daniel! do visit often and also try my recipes if you like Indian cuisine…

  18. Thanks a lot Ivy for your kind words!

  19. Happy, you can try the roast with any other variety of Fish… don’t wait to try it till you visit India again… 🙂

  20. Thank you Pavithra for your support!

  21. Glad to see you SuperChef after a long time! try it and let me know… Thanks!

  22. Thank you Padma for your love and support!

  23. Thank you Tina! do visit more often… 🙂

  24. Thank you hb! since you like them, plz try my non veg recipes and let me know… 🙂

  25. Thank you Priya for your kind words!

  26. I am a big fan of seafoods, Love this preparation…looks spicy and nice. A must try version. Wish I could find some Karimeen here!!

  27. Malar, glad to see you after a long time…! you can try the recipe with any fish of your choice…make it and let me know 🙂 Thanks!

  28. Lissie dea..!!!
    Karimen looks so yummy …OMG!!! i really wanna taste it…
    Reminds me of my grandmothers roast…

    Malar,u will get karimeen in most of kerala stores in US..

  29. Dear Lissie , Karimeen roast looks awesome.

  30. Thanks to you and Alfred , Its a great thing to know. I am still working on it and will mail you soon.

  31. Dear Sarah, now you can relish on your grandmother’s roast… 😀 Thanks a lot!

  32. Thank you Viki! I am glad that everything is sorted out… plz feel free to mail me or Alfred if you need any help…

  33. very tasty gravy!!

  34. great post as usual!

  35. Dear Lissie, I made your fish roast using seabream . It was absolutely delicious. My Dad who loves cooking does a similar karimeen roast but he first shallow fries the pieces of fish after doing some marination and rest of the process is almost the same. It is really a lip smacker. Thank you for sharing your recipe. God bless all.