Pomfret is an incredibly versatile fish that has a very delicate flesh, and if you have picked it up on your recent trip to the supermarket, here’s a recipe you might want to try out. This Tawa pomfret fry, when paired with the salad and served with some rice or flatbread, can be a delicious meal that you can whip up any serve any day of the week.
But before you get right into the recipe, here’s a bit more that you need to know about making it.
Ingredients For the Recipe
You’ll need three sets of ingredients to make this Tawa pomfret fry and the side salad.
For the Green paste
- Coriander leaves: A bunch
- Mint leaves: ½ cup
- Garlic cloves: 8-10
- Green chilies: 3-5
- Salt: 2 tsps or as per taste
- Lemon juice: Half a lemon
For the fish
- Pomfret: 1
- Onions (sliced): Half an onion
- Oil: 1 tbsps
For Onion Salad
- Onion rings: 1 large onion
- Red chili powder: 1 tsp
- Salt: ½ tsp
- Chaat masala: 1 tbsp
- Black pepper powder: ½ tsp
- Lemon juice: Half a lemon
- Green chili (finely chopped): 1 tbsp
- Coriander leaves (finely chopped): 1 tbsp
How to Make the Tawa Pomfret Fry
Once you have all your essentials ready, here’s the process you’ll need to follow to make the dish from scratch.
Transfer all the ingredients mentioned under green paste into a blender and blend into a smooth paste. Add as little water as possible so that the paste is thick.
Transfer the green paste onto a plate. Mix in the sliced onions.
Next, take the pomfret and make slits on it.
Take the green paste and insert it into the cut and slit areas of the fish.
Next, cover the entire fish with the green paste.
Oil heat in a pan.
Next, transfer the green paste coated fish into the pan. Cook each side for 6-8 minutes at a low to medium flame.
For the onion salad, mix everything together.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can! While pomfret is the obvious best choice, you could also use seer fish, kingfish, sardine or mackerel for the recipe, and you should still end up with a lip smacking delicious end result.
While it is best to stick to the simple ingredients that the recipe calls for, you can also take it a step further and bring in a bit of variation if you really want to.
To enhance the flavor of the spice paste, you can also add a pinch or two of chaat masala.
You can also add a bit of semolina to the green paste mixture. This will help the fish get a nice crispy layer on the outside. Don’t have semolina? Some rice flour can do the trick just as well.
Ground cumin powder can also be added to the mixture. This will help enhance the flavor of the dish and will also make it easier to digest.
In addition to the onion, you can also chop up some other veggies of your choice, and add them into the mix, to make it a more filling and healthy meal.
Tips & Tricks to Make the Tawa Pomfret Fry
While replicating the recipe is actually quite easy, you might want to have these little tips and tricks up your sleeve to make the process easier.
- You can also add a bit of chickpea flour to the green paste mixture. This will help thicken the paste and will get it to adhere to the surface of the fish better.
- To lend the dish a more earthy, rustic flavor, use mustard oil instead of regular oil.
- You can marinate the fish the night before you plan to serve it. Just remember to keep it well covered and refrigerated. Doing this will also help make the fish more juicy and flavorful.
- Use a heavy bottomed pan to fry the fish- a cast iron skillet or a heavy bottomed non stick pan are good options. This will ensure that the heat is evenly distributed all throughout.
- Avoid overcrowding the pan. Stick to frying one or two pieces at a time. Also remember to keep the heat medium-low, so that the fish is cooked all the way through.
Serving Ideas & Suggestions
The Tawa pomfret fry tastes fantastic when paired with some steamed rice or fresh chapatis and the side salad. If you don’t want to serve it as a meal, you can team it up with a chutney or dip of your choice, and it can be a wonderful appetizer to serve at your house parties.
If you loved trying out this fish recipe, and are looking for some more such recipes, here are a few good ones to try out.
- Air Fried Crumbed Fish with Mayo Dip
- Kerala Style Air Fried Masala Fish
- Air Fried Amritsari Fish with Onion Salad and Green Chutney
Tawa Pomfret Fry in Green Paste
Ingredients For the Green paste
- 1 bunch Coriander leaves
- ½ cup Mint leaves
- 10 pcs Garlic cloves
- 5 pcs Green chilies
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- ½ pcs Lemon juice
Ingredients For the fish
- 1 pcs Pomfret
- ½ pcs Onions , (sliced)
- 1 tablespoon Oil
Ingredients For Onion Salad
- 1 pcs Onion rings
- 1 teaspoon Red chili powder
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- 1 tablespoon Chaat masala
- ½ teaspoon Black pepper powder
- ½ pcs Lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon Green chili , (finely chopped)
- 1 tablespoon Coriander leaves , (finely chopped)
- Transfer all the ingredients mentioned under green paste into a blender and blend into a smooth paste. Add as little water as possible so that the paste is thick.
- Transfer the green paste onto a plate. Mix in the sliced onions.
- Next, take the pomfret and make slits on it.
- Take the green paste and insert it into the cut and slit areas of the fish.
- Next, cover the entire fish with the green paste.
- Oil heat in a pan.
- Next, transfer the green paste coated fish into the pan. Cook each side for 6-8 minutes at a low to medium flame.
- For the onion salad, mix everything together.
- Serve hot!