Sukha Bombil Chilly Fry – Stir Fry of Bombay Duck Fish

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The perfect creation made from the simple sukha bomblache lonche, the bombil chilli fry or Bombay duck chili fry is the perfect East Indian dish for starters or meals.


A strange fish that doesn’t look like a duck at all, the Bombay Duck is a funny-looking gelatinous fish from Mumbai, but can also be found in Bengal, Lakshadweep and some parts of the South Chinese sea.

We don’t always buy fresh bombloes. Sometimes we buy the dried ones that have been hung out to dry along the sea coast till they’re super salty and perfect for cooking or pickle making. Like every good East Indian, mum keeps her stock of dried bombil in the refrigerator, and taps into it whenever we need something to go with dal that isn’t fresh fried fish.

And when it’s time to make bummalo pickle, dad is given the task of chopping the sun dried boomla or bombloes into 2 inch pieces and segregating them into big and small pieces. Size matters! Well only maybe!

Dad segretating bombil fish by size.
Dad segretating bombil fish by size

The bummalo pickle that we showed you in the other recipe is usually eaten with cooked yellow moong dal and rice or chapatis or apas. But this tangy and spicy Bombay Duck fish pickle is also used in many everyday dishes, from the atwan curry to the chilli fry.

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With the entire house soon smelling like fish hung to dry on the seashore, it’s a dish that tastes much better than it smells. So here’s how to make a chilli fry of sukha bombil, East Indian style.

Bombil chili fry and bhakri in a plate.

Sukha Bombil Chilly Fry – Stir Fry of Bombay Duck Fish

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The perfect creation made from the simple sukha bomblache lonche, the bombil chilli fry or Bombay duck chili fry is the perfect East Indian dish for starters or meals.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Side Dish, Starters or Appetizer
Cuisine East Indian, Indian
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 102 kcal
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Ingredients
  

  • 250 Grams Bombay Duck Pickle
  • 3 Tbsp Oil
  • 4 Tomatoes
  • 6 Onions
  • 2 Green Peppers (Capsicum)
  • 0.25 Litre Water

Instructions
 

  • Slice the onions, tomatoes and green peppers lengthwise.
  • Add oil to a pot and fry onions and tomatoes for five minutes.
  • Next, add the bell peppers and fry for two more minutes.
  • Lastly, add water, salt and the bombil pickle and mix. Allow to cook on a low flame for 5 minutes.
  • Serve with rice, bread, bhakri or apas.

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Notes

The bombil pickle used in this recipe can either be store bought or made at home. We use this recipe to make it in bulk before storing it in bottles.

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Nutrition (Per Serving)

Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 214mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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See How To Make The Sukha Bombil Chili Fry

Whole Capsicum, onions and tomatoes on a chopping board.
Veggies for the bombil chilly fry
Tomatoes sliced vertically.
Slice the tomatoes
Onions cut in half moons.
Onions cut in half moons
Slice the green peppers.
Slice the green peppers
Half moon sliced onions in a kadai.
Onions go in the kadai first
Add the tomatoes to the onions.
Add tomatoes
Onions and tomatoes stir frying.
Stir fry the onions and tomatoes
The onions turn slightly brown.
The onions turn slightly brown
Green pepper slices added to the onions and tomatoes.
Green peppers go in next
Add the bombil chilly fry to the veggies.
Add the bombil chilly fry
Adding salt to the pot of Bombil chili fry.
Mix in the veggies and add salt
Bombil chili fry and bhakri in a plate.
Serve bombil chilli fry with bhakri!
A heaped plate of bombil chilli fry and bread slices.
Bombay duck Chilli fry goes well with bread too
Side view of a plate of Bombil chilli fry with bread.
Makes your mouth water

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Collage of Bombil chili fry in a plate with bhakri bread.

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