How to make Stuffed Bombil Tikki - SK Khazana -

It’s slightly laborious but the end result is well worth all that effort

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Bombay ducks (bombil), Prawns (प्रॉन/कोलम्बी/झींगा)

Cuisine : Maharashtrian

Course : Snacks and Starters

Stuffed Bombil Tikki - SK Khazana

Stuffed Bombil Tikki - SK Khazana Recipe Card


The Maharashtrian hospitality is legendary. The cuisine has subtle variety and strong flavours and varies from region to region. In ancient times in the more affluent homes, feasts often started at mid-day and ended when the sun set! The presentation of food was alluring with a practice to sing sacred verses to dedicate the meal to God.
Maharashtrian cuisine covers a wide range from being extremely mild to very spicy dishes. Wheat, rice, jowar, vegetables, lentils and fruit form important components of Maharashtrian diet. 
Everybody knows about the unbeatable taste of the Mumbai’s chaats! But there is so much more to explore and savour in the other regions of Maharashtra. 

Prep Time : 31-40 minutes

Cook time : 21-25 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Stuffed Bombil Tikki - SK Khazana Recipe

  • Bombay ducks (bombil) cleaned and washed 6-8

  • Prawns small, shelled, deveined and washed 1 cup

  • Oil 1 tbsp + f

  • Green chillies finely chopped 2-3

  • Onion large, finely chopped 1

  • Tomato large, finely chopped 1

  • Salt to taste

  • Red chilli paste 1 tablespoon

  • Raw mango grated 1 tablespoon

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 4 tablespoons

  • Coriander powder 1 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Cumin powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • A pinch of red chilli powder

  • Fresh red chillies 3

  • Potato large, boiled, peeled and grated 1

  • Eggs beaten 2

  • Semolina for coating

  • Black sesame seeds 1 tablespoon

  • White sesame seeds 1 tablespoon

  • Green chutney to serve

  • Fresh mint sprigs to serve

  • Lemon wedges to serve


Step 1

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a non-stick pan, add green chillies and onion, mix and saute till translucent. Add tomato, mix and saute for 1 minute. Add salt and mix well and saute till tomato softens.

Step 2

Add red chilli paste, mix and saute for 1 minute. Add raw mango and mix well. Add 1 tbsp coriander leaves and mix well. Cook till mixture is pulpy.

Step 3

Add coriander powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder and red chilli powder and sauté well.

Step 4

Add 2 tbsps water and mix, cook for 1-2 minutes. Add small prawns and mix well. Cook for 2-3 minutes or till the mixture dries. Take the pan off the heat and cool down to room temperature.

Step 5

Meanwhile, slit all the bombil vertically in half and discard the bone. Cut into small pieces and transfer into a chopper jar. Break and add fresh red chillies, 2 tbsps coriander leaves and process it to a coarse paste. Add potato and salt, and process till well combined. Transfer into a bowl.

Step 6

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai.

Step 7

Take the beaten eggs in a bowl. Spread semolina in a large plate. Add black sesame seeds, white sesame seeds, coriander leaves and salt and mix well.

Step 8

Grease your palms with oil, take a portion of the fish mixture and spread it out slightly. Place some prawn mixture in the centre, bring the edges together and seal carefully. Further roll into a ball, dip it in the egg and roll in the semolina mixture. Again dip in the egg and roll in the semolina mixture. Flatten the ball lightly and slide into hot oil . and deep-fry till light golden brown and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 9

Arrange them on a serving plate, garnish them with mint leaves and lemon wedges and serve hot with green chutney.

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