How to make Fried Pomfret -

This classic fried pomfret recipe is the perfect dish for a nice and lazy afternoon lunch

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Small whole pomfrets, Fresh coconut (ताज़ा नारियल)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Snacks and Starters

Fried Pomfret

Fried Pomfret Recipe Card


History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Fried Pomfret Recipe

  • Small whole pomfrets cleaned 4

  • Fresh coconut scraped 4 tablespoons

  • Fresh coriander leaves roughly chopped 4 tablespoons

  • Garlic 8-9 cloves

  • Green chillies 4

  • Tamarind pulp 4 teaspoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 2 teaspoons

  • Oil to shallow fry

  • Semolina (rawa / suji) for coating

  • Fresh mint sprigs to garnish

  • Onion rings to garnish

  • Lemon wedges to garnish


Step 1

Put coconut, coriander leaves, garlic cloves and green chillies in a grinder jar, add little water and grind to a fine paste.

Step 2

Transfer the paste into a bowl, add tamarind pulp, salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder and mix well.

Step 3

Add the pomfrets and rub the marinade all over them. Set aside for 10 minutes.

Step 4

Heat oil in a non-stick tawa. Coat each fish in semolina and place them on the tawa, 2 at a time, and cook, turning sides till evenly cooked and crisp on both sides.

Step 5

Place each fish on a separate serving plate, garnish with mint sprig, serve hot with onion rings and lemon wedges.

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