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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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bummalow Harpadon nehereus, a fish of the family Harpadontidae and related to lizard fish, belongs to Asian coastal waters and estuaries and especially the west coast of India. It is of considerable commercial importance in India, where it has accounted for as much as 10 per cent of the catch of marine fish. In dried form, when it makes a popular accompaniment for curry-type dishes, it acquired the English name ‘Bombay duck’, and this has been adopted so widely (even as bombeidakku in Japan) that it is now often used as the name of the fish, whether dried or not.