How to make Pomfret Vevichaathu -

Another delightfully flavourful fish preparation from Kerala

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Pomfret (पापलेट), Kodumpuli (कोड़ुमपुली)

Cuisine : Kerala

Course : Main Course Seafood

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Pomfret Vevichaathu

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The cuisine of Kerala is very hot and spicy and offers several gastronomic opportunities. The food is generally fresh, aromatic and flavoured. Keralites are mostly fish-and-rice eating people. The land and the food are rich with coconut, though one cannot imagine Kerala food without chillies, curry leaves, mustard seeds, tamarind and asafoetida. Just a little tamarind can substitute tomatoes, but there is no real substitute for curry leaves. 
The locals put to good use whatever the land offers and the result is a marvellous cuisine that is simple yet palate tickling. 
Kerala has an abundance of jackfruits, pineapples, mangoes, custard apples and an endless variety of bananas. The unusual cuisine of Kerala brings to the fore the culinary expertise of the people of Kerala. Producing some of the tastiest foods on earth, the people of Kerala are gourmets with a difference.

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Pomfret Vevichaathu Recipe

  • Pomfret 2 large

  • Kodumpuli 6 pieces

  • Salt to taste

  • Coconut toddy vinegar 2 tablespoons

  • Oil 4 tablespoons

  • Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Curry leaves 8-10

  • Green chillies slit 2

  • Onion chopped 1 medium

  • Ginger paste 2 teaspoons

  • Garlic paste 2 teaspoons

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 tablespoon

  • Cumin powder 1 tablespoon

  • Tomato chopped 1 medium


Step 1

Clean, wash and cut fish into one and half inch thick slices and pat dry with an absorbent kitchen towel.

Step 2

Mix vinegar with a little salt, apply liberally on the fish slices and keep aside. Soak kodumpuli in half a cup of warm water for fifteen minutes.

Step 3

Mash well. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, stir-fry until they crackle and add curry leaves and green chillies.

Step 4

Add onion and sauté till it starts turning golden brown. Add ginger paste and garlic paste and stir-fry for half a minute.

Step 5

Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder and salt to taste. Stir well and add tomato, kodumpuli along with the water and simmer for five minutes.

Step 6

Add marinated fish slices and one and a half cups of water. Bring to a boil, stirring once or twice. Cook, covered with a tight-fitting lid, on low heat.

Step 7

Simmer for eight to ten minutes or till the fish is tender and flaky. Serve hot with steamed rice.

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