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Authentic Goan Pomfret Fish Curry Recipe

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Goan curries, fish or vegetarian, are very easy to make. This pomfret fish curry is smooth with little tangy taste from tamarind. Primary ingredient in any Goan fish curry is coconut. Freshly grated coconut makes the best Goan curry, however, you can use frozen coconut if fresh coconut is not available. If using fresh coconut, you may want to consider using a coconut scraper.

Other ingredients in a Goan curry are coriander seeds, tamarind and onion. For additional flavor, we use turmeric powder, red chili powder or paprika and salt. All these ingredients are readily available in Indian or international stores.

Pomfret curry

Of course, we don’t want to forget the fish here. Make sure the fish is absolutely fresh. The way to identify this is the skin. The skin of fresh pomfret will shine. If you lift the gill of the fish, it should’t be dry. It should be red and sticky. In Goa, fish is not cut in steaks, it is cut thin so it can absorb the flavor of the curry. Once you cut and clean the fish, rub some salt on the fish (about a teaspoon) and let it marinate for at least an hour for the best flavor. If pomfret is unavailable, butter fish is your next best choice for this recipe. Many people also like pompano but we are not very fond of it.

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Pomfret fish curry

Authentic Goan Pomfret Fish Curry

Easy recipe for Goan fish curry
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Goan, Indian
Servings 4
Calories 182 kcal


  • 2 pomfret fish cleaned and cut
  • 1 cup grated coconut fresh or frozen
  • tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 ball tamarind size of a blueberry
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • ¼ small onion roughly sliced
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • ¼ small onion chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup water or more as needed


  • Marinate the fish with about a teaspoon of salt for about an hour.
  • Blend coconut, sliced onions, coriander seeds, tamarind, turmeric powder, and red chili powder with a little water to make a smooth paste.
  • Heat a pan on medium flame, add oil.
  • Add onions and saute until golden brown.
  • Add the coconut paste and water and bring to a boil.
  • Add the fish and give it a gentle stir. Let the fish immerse in the curry so that it cooks.
  • Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  • When fish changes color to about white and becomes opaque, the fish is cooked.
  • Adjust consistency by adding more water if needed.
  • Serve hot with rice and sol kadhi (mangosteen curry).


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Nutrition Facts
Authentic Goan Pomfret Fish Curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 182 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Sodium 23mg1%
Potassium 158mg5%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2g4%
Calcium 11mg1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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By FoodLifeAndMoney in June, 2020

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