BOMBAY DUCK


Bombay duck (Harpodon nehereus) is not a duck - it is a thin translucent brown or grey fish with a large mouth and teeth. They are found in plentiful supply mainly in the Arabain Sea off western India.

Bombay duck is a small (up to 16 inches) edible lizardfish which in India is salted then sun dried and used as a condiment.  It is also used as a food fish in many areas of southern Asia. Also known as bummalo, bumla and bombil.

Only about 20% of the catch is eaten fresh, the majority is split, boned, salted and sun dried to be used as a condiment, usually with curry dishes. It is increasing available in cans in cities with significant Indian populations.
 

 

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