How to make Pomfrets coated with a spicy and flavourful masala -

Pomfrets coated with a spicy and flavourful masala, wrapped in banana leaves and baked.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from the book No Oil Cooking.

Main Ingredients : Pomfret (पापलेट), Lemon juice (नींबु का रस)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Main Course Seafood

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Pomfrets coated with a spicy and flavourful masala

Pomfrets coated with a spicy and flavourful masala 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 : 41-50 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Pomfrets coated with a spicy and flavourful masala Recipe

  • Pomfret 2 grams each

  • Lemon juice to taste

  • Lemon juice 2 teaspoons

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Banana leaves 2-6

  • Lemons cut into wedges 2

  • Onions cut into rings 2 litres

  • For masala paste medium

  • Dried red chillies 6

  • Coriander seeds 2 teaspoons

  • Cumin seeds 2 teaspoons

  • Black peppercorns 5-6

  • Cloves 4-5

  • Cinnamon 1/2 inch stick

  • Garlic 8 cloves

  • Ginger 1 inch piece

  • Tomato roughly chopped 1 medium

  • Vinegar 2 tablespoons

  • Sugar 1/2 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste


Step 1

Wash, clean and pat dry fish. Make diagonal slits on either sides of the fish using a sharp knife. Rub salt, lemon juice, turmeric powder inside and outside of the fish. Keep aside for half an hour, preferably in the refrigerator.

Step 2

Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC. Combine all the ingredients of the masala and grind to a smooth paste, using a little water if required. Apply the paste on both the sides of the fish and keep aside for fifteen minutes, preferably in the refrigerator.

Step 3

Wrap the fish in banana leaves and place the fish on a baking tray. Place it in the pre-heated oven and bake at 200ºC for ten to fifteen minutes.

Step 4

Serve hot with lemon wedges, onion rings and chutney of your choice.

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