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Fried Fresh Bombay Duck (Bombil)

Ingredients :

12 fresh Bombay Duck (boneless or retain bone)

1 tsp. Red Chilli pwd.

1 tsp. Cumin pwd.

¼ tsp. Tumeric pwd.

1 tbsp. Lemon juice/ vinegar

3 tbsps. Corn Flour

1 Egg (lightly beaten)

Salt to taste

Vegetable Oil for deep frying or pan frying

For Rolling the Bombay Duck :

1 cup dry Bread Crumbs

3 tbsps. Corn Flour /Rice Flour

Method :

Clean the fresh Bombay duck by gently removing the head, the side fins, the insides of the mouth & cut the tail. ( I get this done by the fishmonger).

Slit the fish along its length & debone gently. Do not cut through completely; spread the fish open into a flat fillet.

Quickly wash the fish & drain thoroughly. Use kitchen towels to absorb excess water or keep in a strainer with some heavy weight to strain out excess water.

Transfer the drained Bombay duck to a bowl & to this add add lime juice /vinegar, red chilli pwd., cumin pwd., beaten egg & mix well & keep aside for about 10 mins.

In a large plate mix dry bread crumbs, corn flour/ rice flour & mix together.

Then roll each Bombay duck in this dry mix & pat gently so that the fillet is coated well on all sides & place on a plate. Chill for about 10 mins.

To fry the Bombay duck, heat sufficient oil in a deep wok till hot.

Reduce heat to med. & gently slide each fish into the wok.

Fry in batches on sufficiently high heat.

Fry on both sides till crisp & light golden.

Use a slotted spoon to drain the fish completely & place on absorbent paper. Alternatively, you can pan fry if you wish but be gentle as the fish is delicate & could break if you don’t handle with care while flipping it.

Serve hot with your favourite chutney or sauce/ketchup. It is excellent with rice & dal or rice & curry.