The Stir-Fried Bombay Duck

End of the month budget issues are oh so common. Especially more so if you live alone and away from home. This recipe is tailor made for people short on cash but wishing to have a hearty meal!

Bombay duck as a fish is extremely cheap and 500gms of it costs 25 rupees only (market price as of 20/10/16) and with all other ingredients, this will lighten your pockets by a maximum of 50 rupees only!

For spicy stir fried bombay duck curry, you will need:


  1. Bombay duck 500 gms
  2. Brinjal 1 (small)
  3. Tomatoes 2
  4. Onion 2
  5. Green chilli 4
  6. Garlic cloves 10
  7. Mustard oil 7 tsp
  8. Red chilli powder 1 tsp
  9. Turmeric powder to taste
  10. Salt, sugar to taste


Step 1. Wash, clean and halve the fish (if not already bought that way). Marinate the fish with a sprinkling of salt and turmeric powder. ( No need to rest the marinate)


Step 2. Clean and chop the brinjal, tomatoes and onions preferably in stripes. Squash the garlic and split the green chillies.


Step 3. Heat the mustard oil in a wok (kadhai) and shallow fry the fish in small batches. Keep the fried fish aside.


Step 4. Put all the vegetables in the already hot oil left over from frying the fish and stir fry till cooked. Add the red chilli powder, a sprinkling of turmeric powder and salt and sugar to taste.


Step 5. Add the already fried fish, stir once and bring the flame down to simmer. Do not over stir as this will cause the fish to break!


Step 6. Let the dish simmer for 10 to 12 minutes till you see the surface turn oily and moist. Give it one final stir and extinguish the flame. Let the dish rest for 5 minutes before serving.


Tastes best with piping hot rice!


P.S. Bombay duck is a delicate fish and the fish might break while frying or cooking. Don’t panic! As it tastes as gorgeous as ever even while looking a mess! Also, with time a seasoned cook can cut down on the use of oil down to 4 tsp!


Happy eating!


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