This dish is a spicy, sweet and sour variation of the popular Maharashtrian cuisine of Bombay duck / dry Bombil fish. They are mostly found on the coastal areas, especially Konkan region where the fish is dried and preserved for later use.
I prepared a dry version of it, which tastes great with hot steamed rice or roti. It can also be made into a gravy form to be had with pav. I have used goda masala (a typical Maharashtrian spice mix), but in the absence of it, garam masala can be used.
- 250-300 gms. Bombay duck
- 2 onions, chopped
- 2 tbsp. garlic, grated
- 1 tbsp. ginger, grated
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 3 tbsp. oil
- 1 tbsp. red chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
- salt to taste
- 1 tsp. coriander-cumin powder
- 1 tbsp. goda masala / garam masala
- 1 tsp. tamarind paste
- 1/2 tsp. sugar
- coriander leaves to garnish
Soak the fish in hot water for 20-25 minutes. Drain and clean thoroughly to remove all the sand. Pat dry and keep aside. Heat oil in a pan and saute the onions till light brown. Add the ginger and garlic and fry for a minute.
Add the tomatoes and fry till well mashed up and the oil leaves the sides of the pan. Now add the Bombay duck, salt, turmeric powder, goda masala, coriander-cumin powder and red chili powder and saute for a minute.
Add the tamarind paste, sugar and 1 cup water and cook, covered on a low flame till dry. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with plain steamed rice or chapatti.