Stuffed and Fried Pomfrets / Vavaal Meen Nirachadhu

Stuffed and Fried Pomfrets / Vavaal Meen Nirachadhu

Also known as: Stuffed Pomfret Fry, Stuffed and Fried Pomfret Fish, Vavaah Meen Varuval.

If you are a sea food lover, I bet this recipe is gonna be your favorite. It isn’t a complicated recipe, as it looks like one in the picture. All I did is marinated the fish couple of hours ahead and prepared a special stuffing to go into it and pan-fried the same; it turned out fabulous. One can show their own imagination for stuffing and garnishing and am positive that you all will love it. Here you go, my take on pomfret…


  • Pomfrets 2-4
  • Oil 1 cup
  • Curry leaves
  • Cilantro leaves

For the stuffing and Basting:India Food1

  • ¬†Onion 1 grated
  • Ginger garlic paste
  • Tomato puree 1 cup
  • Salt
  • Turmeric 1/4 spoon
  • Chili powder 1 spoon
  • Cumin seeds 1 spoon
  • Tamarind paste 1/2 sp
  • Oil few spoons
  • Purple onion 1 chopped
  • Green chili 3 chopped
  • Tomato 1 chopped
  • Cilantro leaves few
  • Lemon juice few spoons


In a wide pan, heat oil and add the cumin seeds to it. Further add grated onions and ginger-garlic paste. Fry till raw odor is gone.

Followed by salt, turmeric and chili powders. Add tomato puree and tamarind paste and continue frying. When the oil shows up on the top, remove from heat.

Add the raw chopped onions, chili, tomato, cilantro leaves and lemon juice.

Now clean the fish and make a deep incision to one or two sides of the pomfret fish. Stuff the prepared masala into it. Baste the remaining stuff on the fish as well. Set aside for couple of hours. A good marination ensures good flavor.

Heat oil in a skillet, fry the pomfret over low-medium heat for a long time, make sure that it is done thoroughly.

Garnish with curry leaves and cilantro…serve warm, enjoy:)India Food11



13 Responses so far.

  1. Wow this looks irresistible..yummy yum

  2. This is sooo cool.I never tried stuffing the pomfret.I just smear some spices and then fry or steam it.This is definetely on my to do list next I make this fish!

  3. Priya says:

    Wow never tried stuffing pomfret, very tempting fish..

  4. Soumya says:

    wow…delicious and very tempting fry…

  5. Jisha Dil says:

    looks perfect and delicious …and nice presentation too..,.

  6. Rekha shoban says:

    looks delicious and spicy fry fry!!

  7. Shalini says:

    omg! this looks absolutely delicious. spicy stuffed fish is awesome:)

  8. Nandini says:

    Slurp! What a dish! I’d take this plate for snack time in the evening! Yummy!

  9. Pushpa says:

    Very mouthwatering dish,looks delicious.

  10. Sridevi says:

    Mouth watering stuffed fish fry….Yummy.

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