Vellyachi Potli


This is an amazing recipe of fish baked with coconut and onion, wrapped in a banana leaf to form a bag (potli in Konkani). Vellyo in Goa means Silver Fish. Silver fish are of the size of an index finger. This is my Moms creation.


25 silver fish,

2 big onions cut lengthwise,

1 cup grated coconut,

¼ tsp turmeric powder,

2 to 3 tsp red chilly powder,

3 to 4 green chilies,

Dry mango pieces or tamarind pulp,

2 tsp oil,

Salt to taste


Clean silver fish apply salt and keep aside.

Heat oil in heavy bottomed pan and fry onions, green chilies for 4 to 5 minutes.

Add coconut, turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt and dry mango pieces or tamarind pulp.

Mix well and add fish. Switch off the gas and let it cool for sometime.

Wrap the fish mix along with the water in a banana leaf to form a small tight packet (potli).

Microwave on high for 15 to 20 minutes.

P.S Do not add water to the masala.


One thought on “Vellyachi Potli

  1. Awesome Varsha…simply awesome:

    Again a modification:
    Use coconut oil for cooking the dish. Also wrap them in turmeric leaves first and outer layer of banana leaf in microwave. Superb!!

    Waiting for more recipes! Maybe a Chicken Biryani or Pulav.

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