Bombil or Bombay Duck as the name says is not actually a duck; it is in fact, a very fleshy fish with soft bones which is found only in the waters around Mumbai. In fact, I have read somewhere on the internet that, when Lord Rama was building a bridge to Lanka, he sought the help of all the fish in the sea. All obliged, but for the stubborn little Bombil. In a fit of rage, Rama flung it aside, and it plopped into the seas near Mumbai. This also explained away the softness of its bones. Well, I have no idea if this story is true or not, but being a Bengali living in Mumbai since birth, I had to try this fish once in my lifetime and so I did! And it was such a delightful experience for me to savour this fish recipe with its juicy soft bones and tantalizing aroma. The soft bones of this fish won’t hurt you, it’s almost easy to swallow them with plain white rice and dal. Also, this fish is extremely rich in protein, thus making it very healthy for your body.
In Mumbai, it says that this particular fish belongs to Maharashtrians, Marathi people are very familiar with this fish- Bombil and thus they are very good at their fish recipe so I went all down to their style of frying this fish with their typical Malvani ingredients so I could enjoy that proper crispy fish fry in a typical Maharashtrian style which I’m also about to share it with you guys so even you could try try this fish recipe at your home on your own.
By the way, Bombay duck fish is commonly called as Bombil, Bummalo and boomla and this crispy and deliciously cooked fish is firstly marinated with Indian spices and masala. Its simple, easy and taste super scrumptious. It’s truly a wonderful treat to all sea food lovers like me.
If you want moist, flaky fish, you’d think keeping it in its natural juices could only help the process, (that’s what we thought initially, but the results were not so satisfying.) But to keep the fish from getting tough and mushy, always pat it dry with a paper towel before marination and cooking.
Cooking Time : 20-25 minutes
Taste : Spicy and Crispy
Course : Main
Marination Ingredients :
|Bombay Duck Fish||8-9 pieces|
|Ginger Shreds/Paste||1 tbsp|
|Garlic Shreds/Paste||1 tbsp|
|Onion Paste||1 whole|
|Kashmiri Red Chili Powder||1 tbsp|
|Turmeric Powder||1 tbsp|
|Malvani Masala Powder||1 tbsp|
|Green Chili Paste||1 tsp|
|Lemon Juice||1 whole lemon|
|White Vinegar||1 tbsp|
|Semolina (Suji)||To Coat and Fry|
|Vegetable Oil||To Cook|
How To Marinate and Fry :
- Step 1 : Wash and clean the fish pieces under the running tap water. (Do Not Waste Water while washing the fishes)
- Step 2 : Prepare your fresh fish for dehydrating by rinsing them and then patting the fish pieces as thoroughly dry as possible with paper towels . There shouldn’t be any hint of water in the fish pieces before marination. (Its very important to dry them off water completely, we didn’t do it at first which led to the result not satisfying at all.)
- Step 3 : In a plate, add ginger paste, garlic paste, green chili paste, onion paste, turmeric powder, kashmiri red chili powder, malvani masala powder, lemon juice, white vinegar and salt. Mix and marinade the fish pieces evenly and refrigerate to marinate for 30 minutes.
- Step 4 : In a flat plate, add ample amount of Suji (Semolina) to coat the fish pieces evenly both side before frying them in the oil.
- Step 5 : In a non-stick tawa/pan, heat 7-8 tbsp oil, place the coated fish pieces in the pan, fry over high flame till the lower side turns golden brown, flip the fish pieces upside-down carefully and fry till both the sides are evenly cooked and turned golden brown. Once done, turn off the flame.
- Optional- For plating place the fish fry along with some lime wedges, ring onions and coriander leaves. Serve Hot with plain white rice and dal.
With this recipe, make your lunch menu deliciously simple and sumptuous, this protein rich and soft-boned Goan fish when cooked and eaten with plain white rice and dal, will definitely give you the perfect high for an afternoon nap and an energy to go through your day on a happy note. Safe Cooking!
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