Friday, September 07, 2012

Pomfret Fry...Kerala Style.

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A real treat for fish lovers.....spicy and flavorful...straight from God's own country-Kerala.

Avoli a.k.a pomfret is a family favorite....when my achachen visited me 2 days back he bought frozen pomfret all the way from Trivandrum to Calicut....we Keralites are fish lovers, fish is a staple among non-vegetarians.

I am very particular about the red chilly variety I use, I only use Kashmiri Red Chilly known in Malayalam as "piriyan mulaku". This chilly has very mild heat and the colour stands out....thus there is no need to add any red color to the dish. It is a sort of ritual for me that just before the monsoons I buy kilos of Kashmiri Chilly, sun dry it and powder it in the local mill, as I am a bit weary of using ready made powders.

I have marinated the fish with chilly powder,  a bit of pepper powder, turmeric, salt and kudumpuli neeru or juice of kokum and shallow fried the fish....the result was family loved it with hot steaming will love this as much as I did.

Also check out my Grilled fish recipe.

Pomfret: 2 pieces.
Kashmiri Red Chilly Powder: 3 tsp (if using ordinary chilly powder reduce by half).
Pepper powder: 1/2 tsp.
Kudumpuli: 1/2 tsp or can add juice of half a lime.
Turmeric: A fat pinch.
Salt: About half tsp.
Little water.
Few curry leaves.

Make a paste with chilly powder, pepper, turmeric, salt, and kumpuli with little water.(if using lime juice then sometimes water will not be needed at all to bind the paste).

Rub it all over the fish and keep aside for at least half an hour.

In a nonstick pan, heat 2 tbsp oil and shallow fry the fish. Lastly put the curry leaves in the same oil, fry it, and sprinkle on top of the fish for that added flavor.

Serve with sliced onions.



  1. Wow...Tempting pomfret fry...Adipoli...

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    1. Hi Farah, thanks for stopping by and for the inspiration.

  3. Masal looks so flavorful!! delicious preparation Nisa..
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  4. Mouthwatering fish fry !! Agree kashmiri lal mirch is suitable for coloring any food

  5. Tempting preparation...Lovely clicks..

  6. Is this white or black pomfret ??? I discovered ur blog few days back and I love it. Hats off to you ...

    1. Anon-Thank u for the visit and for the inspiration....I used white pomfret can also use black...hope this helps.

  7. chechi its tempting me wil cook it right now

  8. oh chechi its really tempting will cook it now...

  9. thanks. simple preparation but tasty

  10. nice recipe......something diff.

  11. ur recipe images tempting me to cook - Prem

  12. Hy chechi. Tried ur recipe today , came out really well. Love the way u put up pictures and stuff. Keep up te good work!!

    1. Hello Suganti, thanks a ton for the feedback and for the lovely thoughts :)


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