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Pearls of nutrition

Parag A Kapile
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Karimeen or Pearl Spot Fish is rich in Omega 3. Photo: K. K. Mustafah
The Hindu Karimeen or Pearl Spot Fish is rich in Omega 3. Photo: K. K. Mustafah

This time it’s a Kerala speciality

Pearl Spot fish, known as ‘karimeen’ in Kerala, is one of the most widely available varieties in the South, especially in the Kerala backwaters, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

It is a low-fat, high-protein food, rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which keep our heart and brain healthy.

This variety is also rich in Vitamin D and riboflavin, as well as in minerals such as calcium and phosphorus.

Omega-3 fatty acids in fish have many health benefits. Hence, regular consumption of fish is heart-healthy as it helps lower blood pressure.

Now, for a recipe.

Grilled Karimeen (Karimeen marinated with signature spices)


Cloves: 6-7

Peppercorns: 5 gm

Cumin seeds: 5 gm

Cinnamon sticks: 4-5

Coriander seeds whole: 10 gm

Red chillies: 4-5

Cardamom: 2

Garlic: 4 gm

Turmeric powder: 2 gm

Oil: 25 ml

Water: 100 ml

Method: Heat a pan and add a tablespoon of oil and roast all the dry spices lightly. Make a fine paste in a mixer. Marinate the karimeen fish with local spices. Allow it to stand for 1-2 hours. Grill on a hot plate on both sides. Serve hot.

Senior Sous Chef, Vivanta by Taj - Fisherman’s Cove


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