How to make Tandoori Pomfret Food Recipe

 Pomfret fish recipe Tandoori Pomfret

Crisp and golden Tandoori Pomfret Food recipe
Tandoori Pomfret

Pomfret is the most sought after fish in Asia Pacific coast regions. It is very popular in the coastal region of India. Mainly Maharashtra, Chennai and Goa.

Pomfret originated from the Portugese word 'pampo'. A seawater fish with one single bone. Found in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans. Pomfrets have flat bodies and deeply forked tails. There are three types: silver, grey and black pomfrets. They are typically prepared whole after the inner organs of the fish have been removed. They are cooked fresh and are either fried or steamed. They do not have a strong odor and aftertaste that most of the saltwater fish have.

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Pomfret fish meat is white in colour. There are many types Pomfret food recipe available and the best and unique  method of Pomfret cooking is Tandoori Pomfret. 

Because it is a healthy way of cooking since less amount of fat is required and the food is generally cooked in its own juice thus retaining it's natural flavours. It is not only easy to digest but also hygenic.

So let's start to the recipe of tandoori Pomfret :-

Preparation time :-  90 minutes

Cooking time :- 8-10 minutes

Difficulty :- Medium

Yields :- 2 servings

Here is a short SlideShare for Tandoori Pomfret Recipe you can watch :-

Ingredients :-

(1)  1 medium size Pomfret fish.

(2)  1/2 teaspoon Ginger paste.

(3)  1/2 teaspoon Garlic paste.

(4)  1/2 teaspoon Red Chilly Paste ( preferably Kashmiri chilly paste).

(5)  1 teaspoon Lemon juice.

(6)  1/4 teaspoon Cumin powder.

(7)  1/4 teaspoon Garam masala.

(8)  1/3 teaspoon red Chilli powder

(9)  1 teaspoon Greek yogurt ( hung Curd).

(10)  1/4 teaspoon Carom seeds ( ajwain).

(11)  Pinch of Turmeric powder

(12)  2 teaspoon Cooking oil ( preferably Mustard oil).

(13)  Salt to taste.

Fresh Pomfret for Tandoori Pomfret Recipe
Fresh Pomfret

Yogurt, ginger garlic paste red chilli paste for Tandoori Pomfret Recipe
Yogurt Chilly Paste ginger garlic paste
Chilli powder Cumin powder salt garam masala for Tandoori Pomfret Recipe
Chilli powder Cumin powder salt garam masala

Step by step instructions to make tandoori Pomfret fish recipe

Step 01 Wash the Pomfret with water and make 5-6 incision on the body of the Pomfret in both sides.

5-6 Incision on Pomfret fish for Tandoori Pomfret Recipe
Step 02 Make a small incision on the belly and remove the inner organs. Wash in running water and clean all the dirts.

Step 03
  Pat the Pomfret dry and apply half of the Lemon juice, ginger garlic paste and salt. Let it marinate for 15-20 minutes.

Step 04 
Take a mixing bowl add the yogurt and all other ingredients . Mix well to make a Tandoori red masala.  If you don't use Kashmiri Chilly Paste, you wouldn't get that prefer red colour after cooking it.
 Use of artificial colour is not healthy.
Tandoori red Masala Recipe
Tandoori red Masala
Step 05
 Now mix the marinated Pomfret in the red masala very well. Note that the mixture enter the all incision parts of the Pomfret.

Marinated Pomfret in Tandoori masala
Pomfret in Tandoori masala

 Refrigerated the Pomfret for 1 hour to absorb all the flavors.

Step 06
Take the Pomfret out of the fridge and Shewer in a iron Shewer .

Sometimes when the Pomfret get cooked, it might slipped from the shewer. So to avoid such circumstances, you can add a support below the Pomfret in the Shewer. Such as a potato in the Shewer.

Marinated Pomfret in Shewer with a potato support
With Potato support

 Cook in the preheat tandoor for 8-10 minutes till crisp and golden.

Pomfret cooking in Ovalclay Tandoor for Tandoori Pomfret Recipe
Pomfret cooking over charcoal Tandoor

Pomfret cooking in Ovalclay charcoal Tandoor
Pomfret cooking inside charcoal Tandoor

If using Oven, preheat the oven to 180°C  and put the marinated Pomfret in a silver foiled covered tray and cooked  for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes flip it and apply little clarified butter or cooking oil  to cook further 5 minutes.

Serve it hot with Mint Chutney or sauce.

Crisp Golden cooked tandoori Pomfret for Tandoori Pomfret Recipe
Tandoori Pomfret

If you love Pomfret fish then I am sure you would love the recipe of Pomfret fish tawa fry recipe as well.

              Serving tips 

(1) Tandoori Pomfret generally served as an appetizer or stater with slice of onions, lemon wedges and green chutney( Cilantro mint sauce)

(2) You can take this as a side dish with a fish curry and steam basmati rice also.

(3)  A Tandoori Naan or butter garlic naan also goes well with a tandoori pomfret.

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Benefits of Tandoori  Pomfret:-

1. It is very low in calories and fat. 

2. It is rich in protein which is why it helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and also helps to muscles. 

3. It contains high amounts of omega 3 fatty acids that supply DHA, component for development of the brain. 

Tandoori Pomfret


  1. Scrummy! I have an addiction for fish. Your recipe for pomfret fish simple and easy. I prepared it last night with the konkani fish recipe I found on PNT site.

  2. Wow! This seafood tandoori recipe is amazing. I love this recipe. Thanks for sharing such an awesome recipe.

    Thanks. Homeplix

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