Fried Pomfret

Pomfret is a popular fish through  the World.It is a  meaty fish with soft bones.It can be preparedi in many different ways including smoked,grilled, tandoori,  pan fried and deep fried. 

It is my favourite fish.My mom says that I would call it 'Tomkel' instead of pomfret  when I was kid. I was not able to pronunce the name pomfret. Now I do not get the reason why I gave this name. Whenever  I would come  to my maternal grandfather's  house, go to fish market holding my grandpa's hand and find pomfret around the market. I miss my grandparents a lot.

Today I am going to share with you a simple delicate pan fried pomfret recipe.
Author - Moumita 
Preparation Time - 5 Minutes 
Marination Time - 1-2 hours
Cooking Time - 10 Minutes 
Servings - 2 
 Pomfrets (white) -2
Ginger paste -1 tablespoon
Garlic paste-2tablespoons
Carom seeds (ajwain) -1/2 teaspoon
Lemon juice-1 full lemon
Salt to taste
Oil-4 tablespoons +1 teaspoon
Garam masala powder-1 teaspoon
Tandoori masala powder - 2 teaspoons ( optional )
Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
Dry mango powder  (amchur)-1/2 teaspoon
Corn flour- 2 tablespoons
Cherry tomatoes -6-7  pieces  (optional )
Onions -1 big (cut into 2 inch cube )


Clean fish and make incisions with sharp knife.

Take a bowl, combine red chilli powder, salt, 1 teaspoon  oil, lemon juice, coriander  powder,dry mango powder,corn flour,garam masala powder,tandoori  powder ,ginger  paste and garlic paste,mix and make a paste.
Coat fishes  thoroughly both sides and inside the incisions.
Cover the fish and leave it to marinate for 1-2 hours.

Place flat tawa or pan and heat  up oil on medium flame.

Heat up 4 tablespoons   oil on medium  heat. Place the marinated fish on hot tawa, fry the promfret  pieces until 1 side is golden, about 4-5 minutes. Flip over and pan fry the other side. When both sides are golden, remove from heat and drain on kitchen towel to remove excess oil.

Fry the cheery  tomatoes  and cubed onions .

Serve with fried cherry tomatoes and onions.

It is very soft fish.Be careful while flipping the fish as once it is tender it may break away.

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  1. Haha Tomkel, that's cute. Sigh! even I miss my grandparents. The fried Pomfret looks absolutely stunning. I am fascinated by the spice mix used, especially the tandoori masala and amchur powder. I can well imagine the taste. Perfect Sunday feast really.

  2. Hi Mounmita, love the spices you used on this dish. Looks delicious!!

  3. It looks delicious. Love the flavor and spices. Yum Yum :)

  4. Wow Moumita,I am in love with this recipe! Fabulous presentation!

  5. Beautiful presentation and lovely recipe dear. Mouth watering share :-)