How to make Pomfret Recheado -

Whole pomfrets marinated with spicy masala and shallow fried

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Medium pomfrets, Dried Kashmiri red chillies

Cuisine : Goan

Course : Snacks and Starters

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Goa's 450 years under Portuguese domination produced a unique, syncretic blend of East and West that is at once exotic and strangely familiar.  The various influences have made the Goan cuisine an interesting blend of tastes as a result of which it has a phenomenal repertoire of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies.  Though the recipes and techniques of the two major communities – Hindu and Christian – are different but as a rule the cuisine that comes under the umbrella of Goan is simple but chilli hot and spicy. Traditionally the food is cooked on wood fires in clay pots that are fired by the village potter. Though in the modern times, quite a few Goans have had to leave their land in search of greener pastures, they still get homesick for the smoky flavour of the fish curry and rice that get their distinct taste being cooked in crowded sweaty, smoky kitchens in earthenware pots over wood fires.      

Prep Time : 31-40 minutes

Cook time : 21-25 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Pomfret Recheado Recipe

  • Medium pomfrets 4

  • Dried Kashmiri red chillies 10-15

  • Cumin seeds 2 teaspoons

  • Black peppercorns 20-24

  • Ginger chopped 2 tablespoons

  • Garlic cloves 15-16

  • Tamarind pulp 2 tablespoons

  • Malt vinegar 2 tablespoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Oil to shallow fry

  • Onion rings to serve

  • Lemon wedges to serve


Step 1

Put cumin seeds, black peppercorns, ginger, garlic, red chillies, tamarind pulp, malt vinegar and salt in a blender jar, add a little water and blend into a smooth paste.

Step 2

Make incisions on both sides of the pomfrets, sprinkle some salt and rub it in. Apply the ground paste, rub it in well on both sides of all the pomfrets and set aside to marinate for 30 minutes.

Step 3

Heat some oil in a non-stick pan. Place the marinated pomfret, one at a time, and shallow-fry, turning the fish till they are fully cooked and evenly browned on both sides.

Step 4

Transfer the pomfrets onto individual serving plates and serve hot with onion rings and lemon wedges.

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