Sunday, June 12, 2011

Papaya And Sardine Curry


Papaya and Sardine Curry? What do you think? Have you tried before or at least given a thought? If you are asking me, papaya to curries is not, definitely not a weird combination. Not as far as I know, especially for our Malaysian Malays. I am definitely not a Malay, but trust me, I so love Malay food. Must be the influence of my growing up years, from my Malay neighbours. I don't know about you, I have tasted papaya in savory dishes and I so love the combination. Of course, we are talking about raw papaya or semi-ripped papayas and not the fully ripe ones which we all know is the fruit rich in Vitamin C, and in return I would say that papaya is the beauty fruit for our, if you like to keep your skin beautiful. Alright, I think enough said for introducing papaya and why we can actually add it into curries (Bitter Gourd Prawn Curry, Chicken Salted Eggs, Prawn Spinach Sodhi & Salted Fish Mango). Sardine on the other hand, canned sardines for me is a matter of a convenient my saviour ingredient. Always must be stocked up as part of my provision (Bread Sardine Roll & Sardine Varuval). This Nava K's version of papaya curry is a role play of ingredients for the role play of spiciness, coconut milk creaminess and and kaffir leaves scented. Try. Try this recipe of mine. I can vouch you, you will not regret. 

Ingredients:
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

Method
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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14 comments:

  1. emm walla, i'm like small sardine.....

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

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  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

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

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  5. missed your delicious recipes..like this great one.

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

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  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

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  8. appreciate all your comments everyone.

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  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.

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

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  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!

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  12. great comments everyone and tq.

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  13. appreciate all the comments, thanks.

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