Goan Pomfret Fish Curry

Pomfret, also known as Paplet Hooman or Pompano, is a popular choice of fish for Goan cuisine. With very little marination time as well as cooking time required, this aromatic coconut based Pomfret fish curry recipe is a must try. Serve it with hot rice or roti. In case you can’t get a hold of pomfret, try these substitutes: sea bass, red snapper, flounder, small grouper, tilapia, cod, haddock, or any white flesh fish.

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Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Serves: 4


Pomfret – 2 whole fish, approx 1 lb 5 oz (600 g), cleaned and cut into large pieces/steaks
Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
Salt – 1/2 tsp, or to taste

Sprinkle Turmeric and Salt on fish pieces and gently massage the pieces until fully coated. Keep aside for 10 minutes.

Dry Red Chili – 4 to 5, depending on spice level
Coriander Seeds – 2 tsp
Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
Black Peppercorn – 1/2 tsp
Coconut Oil – 2 Tbsp plus 1 Tbsp
Onion – 1/2 medium, sliced
Garlic – 4 cloves, roughly chopped
Ginger – 1 inch piece, roughly chopped
Fresh Coconut Pieces or Slices – 1/2 cup
Tamarind Pulp – 1 Tbsp (Kokum can be substituted for authentic flavor)
Kashmiri Chili Powder – 1/2 Tbsp
Water – 2 cups plus few tablespoons for grinding
Salt – to taste
Green Chilies – 3 to 4, slit
Curry Leaves – 6 to 8 (1 sprig)


1. In a pan, dry roast Dry Red Chilies, Coriander Seeds, Cumin Seeds and Black Peppercorn until fragrant. Remove onto a plate to cool.
2. In the same pan, heat 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil and saute Onions for 1 minute.
3. Add Garlic and Ginger pieces and saute for 1 minute.
4. Add Coconut pieces and continue to saute for 3-4 minutes or till golden.
5. Once cool, grind dry spices to a fine powder.
6. Add sauteed items to the grinder and continue to grind.
7. Add Tamarind Pulp, a few tablespoons of water and continue to grind. Add more water as necessary to grind to a very smooth paste.
8. In the same pan, heat 1 Tbsp of Coconut Oil. Add Kashmiri Chili Powder and finely ground mixture. Mix well and saute until the mixture clumps together.
9. Add 2 Cups Water, Salt and cook until mixture comes to a rolling boil (3-4 minutes).
10. Add marinated pieces of Pomfret to the pan and mix to coat the fish.
11. Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes until fish is fully cooked.
12. Garnish with slit Green Chilies and Curry Leaves.

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