Sunday, June 12, 2011

Papaya And Sardine Curry

Some people, I said some not all though, have branded me as a weirdo. Seriously, if you are asking me why, I don't know. I guess when you are different, people just have to call your names. More so, after noting some of the dishes I have shared (Bitter Gourd Prawn Curry, Chicken Salted Eggs, Prawn Spinach Sodhi & Salted Fish Mango). But you know what? I don't care. I am least bothered what people say because at the end of the day, what people say and think has nothing to do with being comfortable with yourself. Also, you can't possibly stop tongues from wagging. Pheeww! Forget about people's opinion, I'm still going ahead with this Papaya Sardine Curry (Bread Sardine Roll & Sardine Varuval). Oh please Malaysians. Don't start again. You don't know that papaya has been an ingredient for curries? Those days our ancestors rely on what's grown in the compound. So, papaya it is. Of course now we have to buy raw papaya because neighbours are selfish. They don't believe that sharing will built the neighbourhood community. Never mind, young papaya does not cost much anyway for this curry. Spicy, creamy and kaffir leaves scented.

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
4  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 papaya.
Pour 1 cup of water.  Stir and simmer to soften papaya - to a texture you prefer.
Then add sardine, 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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