Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Malvani Pomfret / Paplet Curry

Recently visiting a mall, happened to see a malvani food counter in the food court. We ordered a malvani thali and had the option to choose any non-veg dish to be included in the thali. We went for fish curry. The fish curry was made out of surmai / Sear fish, with coconut based gravy. It turned out to be very delicious. Coconut is liberally used in malvani food. Kokum is used as a souring agent, which is more like kerala, kudampuli. After having tasted that delicious fish curry and the thali food, i was very keen to learn malvani way of cooking. With the help of my maid, who provided me with this recipe, i prepared this pomfret curry. Since i didn't have kokam, i used kudampuli instead to make this curry.


6 to 8 small or medium - White pomfret, cleaned & cut to pieces
2 big flakes- Garlic, finely chopped
2 tsp - Red chili powder
1/4 tsp - Turmeric powder
4 to 5 pieces - Kokum Or Kudampuli
Salt to taste

Grind to a smooth paste

1/2 a shell of - Coconut, grated
1/2 '' piece - Ginger
2 big flakes - Garlic
4 to 5 - Green chilies
1 tbsp - Coriander seeds
3 stalks of - Coriander leaves, chopped ( about half a cup )


1 ) Grind and keep ingredients to be ground to a smooth paste with minimal water and set aside. Wash kokum or kudampuli well.

2 ) Heat oil in a big pan, add chopped garlic and fry on medium heat to light brown color. Add the ground coconut paste, red chili powder, turmeric powder and fry for a minute or two. Then add enough water for the gravy, kokum, salt to taste and bring to a boil. Add fish pieces, simmer and cook closed with a lid till the fish is fully cooked.

Serve hot with rice.


Homecooked said...

I love love love promfrets! This curry looks so good! Totally drool worthy!

Happy cook said...

Pass me now a heap of rice so that i can enjoy this delcious curry.

Gulmohar said...

Looks inviting :-)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Love pomfret a lot, but we don't get pomfret at my place. Curry looks so good. So mouthwatering. YUM!