Basa Fish is known by many English names like Panga, Pangasius, Cobbler, Vietnamese Cobbler, Basa, Swai and is a catfish variety; Kerala (Malayalam)  – as Koori Vaala; in Hindi and Marathi, they know it as Basa Machli/Basa Masa.


These are freshwater fish that thrive in the tropical streams of Asian water bodies. This catfish variety was originally found in Thailand (Chao Phiraya River Basin) and Vietnam (Mekong Delta). Today, they have cultivated it in many states in India in open cage aquaculture methods, as it breeds with less supervision. It spawns by June and harvest season takes place from December- January.  They grow up to 120 centimeters and weigh about 3 pounds. As they are fleshy, have fewer scales, and have fleshy bodies with center bone- they use this variety in Continental, Asian & Indian fish recipes



Nutritional Value Facts

A person normally requires a 2000 calorie diet, out of which we can consume a Basa Fish serving of about 142 grams. Based on this, the nutritional breakdown is:

  • Protein: 14 grams
  • Cholesterol: 55 milligrams
  • Calories: 100 calories
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: about 6.5% of fat is present in a 100 grams Basa serving
  • Carbohydrates: Negligible amount in fish
  • Fats: 2% for every 142 grams serving
  • Sodium: about 270 milligrams (Basa fish contains very little sodium)
  • Saturated Fats: 0.5 grams
  • Unsaturated Fats: 5 grams
  • Calcium:  almost nil
  • Potassium: 450 milligrams
  • Iron: 0.5 milligrams
  • Vitamin A: small amounts are present
  • Vitamin D: small amounts are present

Health Benefits

The wellbeing benefits of the Basa (catfish variety) are as follows:

  • High Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA &DHA): Basa fish reduces heart-related diseases, stabilized heartbeat rhythm
  • High Protein Content: Ensures enzyme productions, proper cell functioning, and muscle building.
  • Eyesight:   Basa has Vitamin A, which helps to protect eye vision, and reduce the cases of eye-related ailments.
  • Low Oil Content compared to other fish: Its lean flesh is perfect for people who focus on weight loss and bodybuilding regimes
  • Low Sodium content: Good to control blood pressure
  • Low Carbohydrate and Calorie Count: Weight watchers, bodybuilders, and fitness lovers can make this a part of their daily meals to stay fit losing no energy.
  • Bone strength: The presence of Vitamin D in the Basa fillets helps to reduce the problems of osteoporosis and ensures better bone density.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties: The Omega-3 fatty acids help to expel toxins and rejuvenate cells within the body for longevity. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help the body fight infections from within.

Cut Varieties

Our freshwater delicacy is available in basa cubes, fish fillets, or even whole cuts, which are cleaned and prepared from package to dish in minutes.

Texture & Taste

When you buy Basa, ensure that your Basa is fresh, has a mild fish odor, and is light off white to pink color.

The texture of the Basa flesh is thin, moist, and tender and will flake off when cooked to perfection. Since it has low-fat content, you will not have a greasy fish dish once done.

The taste of the Basa fish is sweet and has a mild freshwater flavor as you bite into the fish. Once the flesh is cooked, it will be firm and opaque to the look.

Recipe Ideas

You can use this mild odor fish for your grill recipe, or Indian curries, as the soft flesh absorbs the flavors very well. From Tawa- fried basa fillets, spicy basa curry dishes, or the classic Basa ‘Fish n Chips’, or we can enjoy breaded, baked Basa.