How to make Black Pomfret in Tomato Gravy

Black Pomfret in Tomato Gravy

If you ask a Bengali what the word ‘Fish’ means to them,  their eyes will light up through their thick lensed glasses and their mouth will start watering instantly – well that’s your answer.

In Bengali cuisine, fish – especially Rohu and Katla, and of course the Ilish during special occasions, are cooked in several styles – with mustard seed paste , onion seeds, curd or milk – but all cooked in Mustard Oil, because that’s what according to our East Indian palate enhances the taste, aroma and flavour of the fish. πŸ˜›

Ma prepares a particular fish curry only when we bring white or black Pomfret from the fish seller, as this kind of gravy tastes good particularly with this variety of sea fish.

I’ve travelled so much around the country, getting Rohu, Catla, let alone the Ilish is not easy. So I make do with the white/ black Pomfret fish curry, as that is readily available in most fish shops.

So here goes…

Black Pomfret in Tomato Gravy


  • Pomfret Fish slices – 4-6 nos.
  • Tomato – 1 large, finely chopped
  • Green Chillies – 2-3 cut in half
  • Chilli powder – 1-2 tsp (or according to taste)
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 to 1 tsp
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Mustard Oil


  1. Once you have cleaned the fish slices, apply salt and turmeric and fry them in hot mustard oil till golden brown on both sides and keep aside.
  2. In the same oil, add the tomato and the green chillies and fry well until it turns into a paste.
  3. Add salt, turmeric and chilli powder and mix well.
  4. Add water once the paste thickens and once it begins to boil, add the fish pieces.  You can add more water if you want a little more gravy.
  5. Serve hot with steamed rice.
Black Pomfret in Tomato Gravy
Black Pomfret in Tomato Gravy

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Tanya is a graduate in Sociology from Sophia College, Mumbai, a post-graduate in Communications and Media from SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai and holds a Master's Degree in Journalis & Mass Communications from Chandigarh University. A former writing mentor and a seasoned lifestyle writer, Tanya writes columns on The Lifestyle Portal of life and living.

2 thoughts on “How to make Black Pomfret in Tomato Gravy

  • I always made the mistake of adding onion paste also and wondered why I did not get the actual taste….now I know …. thanks πŸ™‚

    • πŸ™‚ this is by far one of the most fav. fish curries esp. if you’re cooking boneless fish like white/ black pomfret or surmai.


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