How to make Pomfret Raichad -

Pomfret is deep fried after the applying the masala to it.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Fish (मछली), Tamarind (इमली)

Cuisine : Goan

Course : Snacks and Starters

Pomfret Raichad

Pomfret Raichad Recipe Card


Goa's 450 years under Portuguese domination produced a unique, syncretic blend of East and West that is at once exotic and strangely familiar.  The various influences have made the Goan cuisine an interesting blend of tastes as a result of which it has a phenomenal repertoire of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies.  Though the recipes and techniques of the two major communities – Hindu and Christian – are different but as a rule the cuisine that comes under the umbrella of Goan is simple but chilli hot and spicy. Traditionally the food is cooked on wood fires in clay pots that are fired by the village potter. Though in the modern times, quite a few Goans have had to leave their land in search of greener pastures, they still get homesick for the smoky flavour of the fish curry and rice that get their distinct taste being cooked in crowded sweaty, smoky kitchens in earthenware pots over wood fires.      

Prep Time : 41-50 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Tangy

Ingredients for Pomfret Raichad Recipe

  • Fish 2

  • Tamarind

  • Kashmiri red chillies 6-8

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Garlic 4-6 cloves

  • Ginger 1 inch piece

  • Peppercorns 4-5

  • Tamarind

  • Vinegar 2 teaspoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Oil to deep fry


Step 1

Clean and wash the pomfrets thoroughly. Pat them dry. Make two to three slits on either side of the middle bone on both sides.

Step 2

Grind together red chillies, cumin seeds, garlic, ginger, peppercorns and tamarind in vinegar. Add salt to taste.

Step 3

Apply this masala on both the sides of the fish and let them stand for half an hour. Secure the fish with a string. Heat oil in a kadai and deep fry the fish on medium heat till both sides turn brown.

Step 4

Drain, untie string and serve the fish hot.

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