Sunday, June 12, 2011

Papaya And Sardine Curry

Similar to the salted fish and mango sambal, papaya and sardine may seem like an un-doable combination. Trust me when I say that both in a spicy-creamy dish scented with lime leaves is delectable. But you need to use the unripe or semi-ripe papaya. As for the fish, I used canned sardines. Fresh sardines are also okay.

2 small (155g) tins of sardines- drain out the sauce
Half (abt 180g) semi ripe/unripe papaya - remove skin and slice
5 garlic - sliced
5 shallots - sliced
1 tbsp dried chilli paste (blend a handful of dried red chillies)
1/2 cup thick coconut milk
1 cup water
2 calamansi lime - extract juice
5 limau purut (kaffir lime) leaves - tear into pieces
3 tbsp oil
Salt to taste

When oil is heated, saute garlic and shallots.
Add chilli paste and continue to cook until the oil splits.
Put in the sliced papayas.
Pour 1 cup of water.  Stir and simmer to soften papaya - to a texture you prefer.
Then add coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves and lime juice.
Season with salt.
Stir and when curry is heated through, remove from heat.
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  1. emm walla, i'm like small sardine.....

  2. Pictures are telling this papaya curry ....will certainly very testy and dilicious......

  3. i couldnt eat anything from last night and it's almost 9 at night and im hungry like anythn and this delicious looking recepie is making me hungry more. looking so yumy ...

    was busy in my life at work; miss u around, hope u ok and see u soon <3

  4. hi there... thanks for ur visit at my blog...

  5. missed your delicious this great one.

  6. Creative dish, never tried before! To make a curry without actually using curry powder or paste, amazing!

  7. hi nava, looks so yummy, i like sardines, cos of omega3. first time heard of papaya with it. must try tho...
    anyway i am giving the SUNSHINE AWARD to you. congrats, please collect it from my sit this evening ok.
    have a nice day

  8. appreciate all your comments everyone.

  9. Wow, I thought no one in any part of the world do this apart from my grandmother, this gives me a lot of memories. I rememebr when we dont have anything left on the fridge and my grandmother is lazy to go to the market this always end up as our lunch as we have a convinience store nearby my house so its easy to by a tin can sardines and a papaya tree at the backyard.

  10. it looks delicious.
    never had sardine curry before, so this is so a must-try dish!!

  11. I cook sardines quite often cos its quick to prepare, gonna try this (new twist to the dish) the next time I decide to make sardine curry.

    Looking forward to more of your awesome recipes!

  12. great comments everyone and tq.

  13. appreciate all the comments, thanks.


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