Sunday, July 23, 2023



We are back home in India after a few months in the United States. It feels good to be back in my kitchen. I wanted to make a fish dish and decided to try this one made with black pomfret- which is called Kappu Maanji/Paplet/Halwa. 

Apart from being very tasty, one of the biggest benefits of the pomfret is that it is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and has numerous health benefits. 

Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for dishes made with pomfret, such as:-

Often, I just like to shallow fry the pomfret.  Today, I went in for a curry which pairs superbly with simple hot steamed rice!! This recipe has been adapted from Mangalore Recipes .

We loved it and I am sure you will too! 


  • Black Pomfret, about 500-600 gms
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/4 tsp + 1/4 tsp 
  • Coriander Seeds, 3 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds, 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek Seeds, 1/8 tsp
  • Mustard Seeds,1/8 tsp 
  • Peppercorns, 1/4 tsp
  • Raw Rice, 1/8 tsp 
  • Byadgi Red Chillies, 8
  • Short Chillies, 4
  • Small sized Onion, 1 + 1 
  • Tamarind, size of a small lemon 
  • Garlic Cloves, 6-8 
  • Fresh Coconut Gratings, 1 cup
  • Ginger, 1 and 1/2 "
  • Green Chillies, 3-5 ( less spicy variety) 
  • Salt, to taste
  • Coconut Oil, 1 tsp + 1 tbsp

Wash and clean the pomfret and slice them into 8-10 fillets
Mix together turmeric powder and salt. Rub this on the pomfret fillets evenly and let it marinate for about 10 minutes

Slice the onions, chop the ginger and slit the green chillies. 

Dry roast the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds, peppercorns,  and raw rice all together. Keep aside. 

Heat 1 tsp coconut oil in a kadhai. Add both the Byadgi red chillies and the short chillies. Roast the chillies well on medium flame and keep aside

In a mixer jar, grind together the roasted ingredients along with the roasted chilies, 1 sliced onion, coconut gratings, tamarind, and turmeric powder to a smooth paste adding just the required amount of water. Keep aside.

Heat 1 tbsp of coconut oil in the kadhai, and on medium heat add the second sliced onion and chopped ginger, and slit green chilies
Fry till the onion turns slightly golden 
To this add the freshly prepared ground masala and mix well
Add a little water to form a gravy but make sure the gravy is thick
Add salt, mix well and bring to a boil

At this stage, drop the marinated fish pieces one by one gently into the gravy and mix carefully 
Cook for 2-3 minutes on medium  heat
Switch off the gas and transfer to a serving bowl
Serve Black Pomfret Curry with hot steamed rice 

No comments:

Post a Comment

If you have liked this recipe, I would appreciate your leaving a comment. Thank you !