from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A sciænoid fish of California, Menticirrus undulatus, related to the kingfish of the eastern United States.
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This recipe was not in my mom's repertoire growing up, and instead I learnt its close cousin bagara baingan from a Andhra friend.
Btw - this to vnv - bagara baingan is a completely different and yes, Andhra dish, in a thick strong masala gravy that also uses tamarind, onions, garlic too - the last two very rarely featured in Tamil Brahmin cooking