19th May 2024

Crispy Fried Fresh Bombay Ducks

Crispy Fried Fresh Bombay Ducks

Who doesn’t like Crispy Fried Fresh Bombay Ducks [Bombils/Bummalos] ? If you have ever eaten these melt in the mouth fish you are hooked ? And when they are crispy fried they taste even better. Try this easy way to fry them crisp or you could try out this other recipe here (for a curry with the fresh bombils, click here).

Yield: 10 Pieces

Prep. Time: 5 Mins.

Baking Time: 4 to 5 Mins per batch


  • Bombay Ducks – 10 medium (cleaned & deboned)
  • Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp.
  • Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp.
  • Ginger-Garlic Paste – 1 tsp.
  • Lime – ½
  • Chiroti Rawa [Fine Semolina] – 1 cup
  • Corn Flour – ½ cup
  • Oil – as needed
  • Salt – ½ tsp.

Step 1:     Clean and debone 10 medium Bombay Ducks. (You can watch the ‘How to’ video here). Keep the cleaned and deboned Bombils in the refrigerator for an hour.

Step 2:     Later, remove from the refrigerator, drain and place on a plate. Apply ½ tsp. Salt, Turmeric Powder, Ginger-Garlic Paste, Red Chilly Powder and the Juice of the Lime. Apply to all the pieces evenly & leave aside for not more than 10 minutes.

Step 3:     For the coating, take 1 cup Chiroti Rawa (Fine Semolina) and ½ cup Cornflour and mix well. Coat a batch of bombil pieces evenly (just before frying) dust off extra rawa/flour.

Step 4:     Place a griddle on heat and when hot add oil for frying. Once the oil is hot, place the fish pieces, one by one carefully onto the griddle. Fry a few pieces at a time on medium heat on both sides till crisp & golden.

Step 5:     Drain onto a plate lined with kitchen towels. Coat the next batch and continue.

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