Pomfret is a seawater fish with one single bone. It has a flat body and a deeply forked tail. 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. Atlantic pomfret, also known as angel fish is the most popular among all types.
The white and medium-sized pomfret is the one available in India and other countries that are connected with the Bay of Bengal. Because of its soft bones, this fish is relished by most of the people in those countries. It has delicate white flesh that becomes soft and buttery when cooked, and with a subtle flavor, it stands out from other seafood varieties, making it one of the most preferred dishes among the locals.
Pomfret Fry is a delicious recipe where the fish is marinated with a spicy paste made with a set of simple spices. Kashmiri Red Chillies are used as it gives the paste a beautiful red color without making it too spicy. The paste gets its hint of subtle heat from black pepper powder and garam masala powder. The paste is then applied to the fish, and fried in the hot oil until the outer layer becomes brown in color. It has a crunch on the outside and is juicy on the inside.
Pomfret Fry Recipe can be made in multiple ways. The variations differ according to different regions of India. Stuffed Pomfret Fry is that where the fish is stuffed with either green masala or red masala paste. Green Masala Pomfret Fry is crispy and crunchy delight from Goa in India, and with a dash of lemon, it tastes absolutely delicious. The green masala is made with a blend of coriander, onions, chillies, coconut, and spices, and then stuffed in the fish which is pan-fried until golden on both sides. The spice levels of this paste can be tampered by adding or reducing the chillies. The Mangalorean Rava Pomfret Fry has a crunchy outer crust prepared with Rava or Suji. The marinated fish coated with rava is deep fried. Pomfret Masala Fry (Chennai style) is a mouth- watering recipe in which the fish is marinated with lemon juice and tamarind. Tamarind gives a delicious tangy taste to the fish.
Pomfret is very low in calories and fat. It is rich in protein which is why it helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and also helps building muscles. It contains high amounts of omega 3 fatty acids .The pomfret fish is also packed with Vitamins like A, B, and D. It improves eyesight, promotes hair growth and maintains skin health too. Pomfret fry can be served as a starter or with plain rice and dal to enjoy a comforting meal. Visit Amma’s South Indian Restaurant have your fill of Pomfret fish fry!