How to make Authentic Goan pomfret curry | Fish curry Recipe

How to make Authentic Goan pomfret curry | Fish curry Recipe

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
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Resting time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Goan, Indian
Servings 4


  • 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).


Keyword Seafood

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