Sunday, December 6, 2009

Benefits of Eating Petai and Recipe

In case you have not heard about petai, aka sting beans, allow me to tell you. As you see from the picture above, petai obviously plucked from the petai plant, reside in the long pods. To remove the beans, you got to cut the pods and gently pull out the beans. Thereafter, people like me love to eat raw petai accompanied with rice and sambal/local chilli dip, alternatively, cooked as a spicy dish with chillies mostly as well. The recipe I have today showcases petai, cooked with ikan bilis/anchovies, eggs and of course chillies, for those of us who love petai, we will jump high up for such a dish. For the rest who can't stand its stingy smell, you still ought to know that there's numerous benefits of eating petai eg: treating depression, blood pressure, obesity, constipation, brain power and the list goes on. Regardless, petai is not to everyone's taste, but, again said, for those who simply adore petai, here's the recipe I picked up from my childhood Malay neighbor. Indeed, a spicy and tangy petai dish which is really so good, eaten with nothing else but rice alone,

5 tablespoon ikan bilis -soaked and rinsed thoroughly to remove the little bones.
1 big onion
5 birds eye chillies/cili padi or red chillies (as needed)
I small bunch of petai (only the beans)
3 boiled eggs (chopped)
Lime/lemon juice - as needed
3 tablespoon oil
Salt for taste
Roughly pound petai with ikan bilis, onion and chillies, together or separately, whichever is a better alternative,
Keep aside.
Heat oil and add the pounded ingredients.
Saute over low heat for a couple of minutes.
Add eggs, lime juice and salt.
Stir and fry to combine all the ingredients for just a few minutes.
Dish out.

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1 comment:

  1. This is an absolute new dish to me, but seems so interesting!


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