How to make Punjabi Farmaishi Machli -

Highly flavoured fish curry – a Punjabi speciality.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Pomfrets (पापलेट), Onions (प्याज़ )

Cuisine : Punjabi

Course : Main Course Seafood

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Punjabi Farmaishi Machli

Punjabi Farmaishi Machli Recipe Card


Punjabi food is wholesome and full of rustic flavour. The custom of cooking in community ovens or tandoors prevails in rural pockets even today. The cuisine is characterised by a profusion of dairy products in the form of malai, paneer and dahi. The dals are a speciality of this type of cuisine, made of whole pulses like black gram, green gram and Bengal gram.  They are cooked on slow fire, often simmered for hours till they turn creamy and then flavoured with spices and rounded off with malai for that rich finish. The food is simply delicious.
The most unique thing about cooking in a tandoor is the smoky flavour that the food gets making it tastier. Moreover it is a healthy way of cooking since minimum fat is required and the food generally gets cooked in its own juices thus retaining its natural flavours. Besides it is not only easy to digest, it is also very hygienic.  In conclusion one can safely say that it is through tandoori cooking that Indian cuisine first got globally acknowledged.

Prep Time : 6-10 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Punjabi Farmaishi Machli Recipe

  • Pomfrets deboned and cut into 8 pieces 2 medium

  • Onions sliced 2 medium

  • Oil for deep-frying

  • Fresh coriander leaves finely chopped 1 cup

  • Ginger 1½ inches

  • Salt to taste

  • Cloves 4

  • Green cardamoms 2-3

  • Black pepper powder ½ teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Coriander seeds 1 tablespoon

  • Ghee 1 tablespoon

  • Lemon juice 1 tablespoon

  • Saffron (kesar) soaked in water 1 teaspoon

  • Nutmeg powder a pinch


Step 1

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai. Add onions and deep-fry till golden and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 2

Cut fish pieces into two and place on a plate.

Step 3

Reserve 1 tablespoon chopped coriander and grinds the remaining with half the ginger and salt into a fine paste using very little water.

Step 4

Marinate the fish pieces with the ground coriander paste for 10 minutes.

Step 5

Reheat sufficient oil in the same kadai. Deep-fry marinated fish for a minute. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 6

Grind together cloves, cardamoms, pepper powder, remaining ginger, red chilli powder and coriander seeds into a fine paste using little water.

Step 7

Heat ghee in a non-stick pan. Add ground paste and sauté for a minute.

Step 8

Add fried fish, reduce heat and mix lightly. Add little water, mix lightly and cook till the fish is fully done.

Step 9

Add lemon juice and mix well. Adjust salt, fried onions and mix again.

Step 10

Add saffron and nutmeg powder and mix well.

Step 11

Garnish with reserved coriander and serve hot.

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