Rawa fry Bombil/Bombay duck fish fry with semolina is a famous Maharashtrian food. Different part of India has so many recipes with this fish Bombay duck. Many Indian communities use a dried version of this fish for their recipes. This fish is very tasty and it has only center bone but that’s also very soft and easy to eat. So it’s a good fish option for kids who have just started eating fish. So many types of spicy curry can be made with this fish. But crispy fried Bombay duck is the favorite one of my kid. So, I am sharing this fish fry recipe for your kids, hope they will like it too as a snack and an adult can also enjoy this recipe with dinks as an appetizer.
Why the dish called “Bombay duck” or “Bombil”?
There is a story behind the dish name of Bombay duck. And Bombil is another name of the fish Bombay Duck. Bombay is a city of Maharashtra. This city is known to us as ‘MUMBAI’. The old name of Mumbai was Bombay. in this busy city railway used to play an important role even nowadays also. Mumbai is well connected by its railway system. Our story also started with this railway. In the year 1800 to 1900, Bombay/Mumbai railway was the only means to deliver posted letters and transport foods to other cities of India. And the story is this that this sea fish also transported by the Bombay railway along with Letters. Thus people in India named the fish as Bombay duck. The word duck means letter in the native language in India. Therefore the word duck used here to mean post letters, not a bird.
And the other rumor story is popular in Bangladesh about this fish is when British Man Robart Clive tastes the fish, he liked the pungent taste of the fish and decided to send a dried version of it to the London through Indian mail along with postcard and letters. For this reason, the Fish named as “Bombay Duck”.May both the story have no logic. But it’s true and I believe it’s a rumor which exists among us till now and hopes it will exist after us too.
Why I name the dish ‘Rawa Fry’?
‘RAWA’ means semolina in English. I coated all the fish in roasted semolina/Rawa and then deep fry all. Because of it, I named the dish Rawa fry Bombil.