Tandoori Pomfret

Tender, flaky pomfret fish grilled with Indian 'tandoori' spices.

  • Cooking time
    45 mins
  • Calories
    134
    kcal
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While this is a recipe for tandoori pomfret, it could just as easily be made with any fish with not too many bones, or even with boneless fillets. It is adapted from the legendary Jiggs Kalra's Prashad cookbook. The recipe is quite quick and easy, with a few optional steps that take can take it closer to that restaurant taste. If you are short on time, you can skip those steps and still get a great-tasting fish kabab that is perfect for making in large batches to entertain friends and family. We are cooking the fish tandoori in the oven, but it can also be made on a heavy skillet on the stovetop, or on an outdoor gas or charcoal grill. Do give this a try!

Books in this recipe

Prashad: Cooking with Indian Masters
Jiggs Kalra
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Our note
One of the most comprehensive works on Indian restaurant cooking, this book is part of the curriculum of many catering colleges. Jiggs Kalra was one of the first to emphasise precise measurements over intuition or andaz common in Indian cooking. For a book that has attained such a cult status, the print and paper quality is sadly appalling.
Our note
One of the most comprehensive works on Indian restaurant cooking, this book is part of the curriculum of many catering colleges. Jiggs Kalra was one of the first to emphasise precise measurements over intuition or andaz common in Indian cooking. For a book that has attained such a cult status, the print and paper quality is sadly appalling.
Prashad: Cooking with Indian Masters
Jiggs Kalra
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Ingredients

Serves
8 small pomfret
  • 550 g pomfret
  • 8 g ginger
  • 8 g garlic
  • 2 g white pepper
  • 10 g salt
  • 4 g kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 2 g turmeric
  • 4 g cumin powder
  • 2 g jowan (carom seeds)
  • 25 g hung yoghurt
  • 20 g cream
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 10 g chhatu (roasted gram flour)
  • 10 ml lime juice
  • 1 tbsp chilli oil (infuse 2 tsp kashmiri red chilli powder in 5 tbsp lukewarm mustard oil, then strain)

Method

  1. Make evenly spaced incisions across the body of the fish.
  2. Prepare the marinade by mixing together ginger paste, garlic paste, crushed white pepper, salt, kashmiri red chilli powder, turmeric, cumin powder, lightly crushed jowan, yoghurt, cream, lime juice, egg yolk, chhatu and chilli oil.
  3. Apply the marinade all over the fish, making sure to insert it into the incisions as well as the stomach cavity.
  4. Arrange the fish in a dish or bowl. Place a small metallic bowl (or a makeshift bowl fashioned from aluminium foil) at the centre.
  5. Burn a piece of charcoal over fire, and when it develops a layer of ash on the outside, place it inside the small bowl. Top it with ghee and cover immediately to allow the flavour of the charcoal to infuse through the fish.
  6. After 15 minutes, remove the charcoal. Place the fish on a greased oven grill, and bake at 230°C (or at the highest temperature your oven will go) for 5 minutes.
  7. Take it out of the oven and brush with melted butter.
  8. Flip the fish, apply melted butter to the second side as well, and bake again until done.

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