The Nile’s Rich Harvest

Bulti (Tilapia) is not the only fish sold at the Murada’s fish market in Omdurman as any visitor will soon notice by wandering amongst the sellers’ baskets packed with fish and ice.
Here is a brief list of fish that I have noticed but it is far from being definitive. Go see for yourself!

The most common fish are:

bulti- tilapia – (see blog for a recipe)

bayaad – a common catfish that can be fried or backed in a earthen ware pot (Tajin)/or tray with rice and a sauce.

‘ijil – Nile perch. This is the most expensive fish in the market and can be weigh anything from 1-50kg. The best sized fish are between 3-7kg as the smaller ones are mostly bones and the larger ones are fatty. ‘ijil can be fried or baked.

shilba – a small catfish. These are fried or can be made into a soup.

kabaroos – a fish with a large head. It can be fatty when large so its best only to buy when under 5 kg.

Other fish include:

garmuuT – an eel like catfish for baking in the oven
noog – a yellow fleshed fish with large scales. It is rarely seen these days.
khashm al banaat (lips of the girls)- a beautiful fish but rarely seen today
garaagiir – a small fish made into soup
dabsa – sometimes made into fasiikh
raaya – a red tailed fish that is used to make fasiikh (a salt-cured fish)
kaas – another red tailed fish used to make fasiikh

I will be posting a couple of recipes on how to cook some of these fish.

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