Karlalbba (Mullet) and Pandanus

Karlarlbba, or Kuwalili, is the Kunwinjku term for the Bony Bream (Nematalosa erebi), often described locally as “mullet”. This small fish is widespread across Australia, from the Top End through desert bores to the Murray Darling basin. As the name suggests, it is quite bony. Kunwinjku people usually cook it on the coals of the fire, and pick the flesh away from the bones. It is also a common food for namarnkol (barramundi).

Nawu djenj karlarlbba nakka namak bu ngarringun dja murrngwern.Kunmurrng manwern dja kunkanj manyahwurd.Karrimang kore manlabbarl yika kore mankabo bu kukku manbu kabongurdme.Wanjh ngarrimang walabi nawu balandakenh.Dja korroko dabborrabbolk birrimarnbuni mandjabu wanjh birridjuhkeyi kore kukku manlabbarl yika kore mankabo wanjh djenj ngimi birrimangi.