Bombay duck

Whatever first comes to your mind when you first read the term Bombay duck is wrong. It is not a duck from the Indian city of Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay). The Bombay duck or bummalo (Harpadon nehereus) is actually a lizardfish.

Deep-fried Bombay duck
Deep-fried Bombay duck

It is usually dried in the Sun. People dry the fish on scaffolds made of bamboo poles. The dried Bombay duck has a very strong smell. It can also be filleted. It is traditionally eaten as a starter. It can be dipped in batter and deep-fried. It goes well with curry.