Black Pomfret|Karutha Avoli|


A delicious fish bought by Indian fish lovers all over the world. In English, it has many names like Black Pomfret, Black Batfish, Brown Pomfret, False Butterfish, Slade, and Blue Skate. In Kerala (Malayalam) – as Karutha Avoli, Karutha Akoli, and Halwa Fish


The Black Pomfret Fish is called a Pamflet in certain countries, is definitely a delicacy for special occasions. This seawater fish survives in the deep waters of the Bay of Bengal, Australia. They are easily caught during nighttime. A certain variety exists in freshwater too, and they are also equally nutritious. They breed by September every year and fairly have a stable population.



Nutritional Value Facts

A person normally requires a 2000 calorie diet daily. Based on this, the nutritional breakdown of 100 grams of Black Pomfret Fish is:

  • Protein: 18.8 grams
  • Cholesterol: 77 milligrams
  • Calories: 99 calories
  • Carbohydrates: 0 grams
  • Fats:  2.6 grams per serving
  • Calcium: 32 milligrams
  • Potassium: 430 milligrams
  • Iron: 2 milligrams

 Health Benefits 

The wellbeing benefits of Black Pomfret Fish are as follows:

  • Prevent Heart Strokes: With the presence of Omega-3 fatty acids, fish nourishes the body and prevents the occurrence of heart strokes and blood clots in the body.
  • Anemia: With a regular intake of Black pomfret, it helps to build hemoglobin levels and reduce anemia
  • Rejuvenation: The fish contains Vitamin D which assists in cell repair and new skin formations. From removing dry skin, skin pigmentation, and various skin disorders, this is a great solution for rejuvenation.
  • Cholesterol control:  Since Black Pomfret is free of carbohydrates; it puts a stop to the entry of bad fats within the body.
  • Brain Growth: The consumption of DHA and EPA in Omega fatty fish oils will help in brain development, prevent Alzheimer’s, and enhance child overall growth.
  • Breast Cancer: Fish oils are useful for eradicating the cancerous cells in the body and regenerating healthy cells.

Cut Varieties

This delicacy is available as Black Pomfret Fish as whole fish cuts are cleaned, gutted, and scaled to perfection. They are perfect for immediate cooking.

Texture & Taste

Black Pomfret Fish has off-white flesh and a center bone that can be removed easily. The texture of the Black Pomfret Fish flesh is light, flaky, and juicy, with a fishy smell.

The taste of the Black Pomfret Fish is tasty, with a lovely, deep seawater flavor. Once cooked, it will have white flesh, with a firm, but not hard center bone. 

Recipe Ideas

Black Pomfret Fish is a versatile, delicious fish that can be fried in Indian spices, simmered in coconut gravy along with garlic, ginger, and curry leaves as per the Kerala fish recipe ideas.