Monday, April 9, 2012

Chilli Petai (Stink Beans) With Anchovies


Petai is much loved by those who can digest its bitter taste, strong smell which lingers in the mouth after eating and lets not get to the other side of the smell when we ease ourselves. Well, it is associated with petai's amino acid and perhaps after two days, the smell is no longer there. Having said that, petai is highly spoken about; good for our health because of its nutrients and in return, the benefits.

By the way, my strong palate is receptive to raw petai or with sambal belacan and rice. Yet, I prefer to cook it with fresh or dried prawns, salted fish and chillies are a must too. And to save time, I usually buy those already peeled and sold in packets.  Here's to another style of petai; with anchovies, belacan/shrimp paste, chillies and lime juice. 

Ingredients
200g (1 packet) petai pods - sliced into smaller pieces
100g (a handful) small anchovies - soaked for 10 mins and drained
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp sugar
5 tbsp oil
Salt for taste

To pound/ground
5 shallots
5 red chillies
2 birds eye chillies (optional)
1/2 inch roasted belacan 

Method
Fry anchovies in heated oil till crispy and brown in color.
Remove and keep aside.
In the same oil, fry the grounded/pounded ingredients for a 2 to 3 minutes.  
Add beans, stir and cook.
(Note; cooking time varies, depending on the texture you prefer)
Add in lime juice, sugar and salt.
Stir all in together and remove from heat. 
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21 comments:

  1. U're right, Nava! My family hates Petai. Can I just have the anchovies pleeeeese! Heehee!

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  2. Interesting legume here. I have never seen or heard of these. However, your link was helpful. The other ingredients sound like they would be a great blend to add to many veggies to have a nice pop of flavor. Great post!

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  3. The combination petai and anchovies is something new to me. Will keep this recipe in mind =)

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  4. The chilis in this dish are calling my name!

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  5. How interesting - I have never had petai. I'd love to try them, though, it sounds like an experience!

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  6. Stink beans doesn't do them many favours! Really interesting dish, never seen anything similar.

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  7. i absolutely love this dish. love petai and i like this dish even more when its cooked with the skin.

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  8. I'm very curious to know what something called "stink beans" actually smells like. With that said, I love anchovies and pretty much all legumes, so I bet I'd like this.

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  9. Stink beans???? I have a feeling they wouldn't be popular in my picky household! But I'm willing to give them a try...as your dish is stunning!

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  10. I have never heard or seen these beans, checked your link for benefits.I am sure I can eat this. Anything with lemon and sugar would taste good.

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  11. uhhhhh .. petai is not my type of food..
    maybe when i was younger my parents didn't cook this dish at home..
    but my parents like the dish ..

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  12. I remember these! And remember having to peel them for my granny! I was one of the few who loved them, in my family! Awesome!

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  13. I've never heard of these but surely sounds like something i'd like to try. Great idea to add veggies. Sounds like a wholesome dish. :)

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  14. Hi Nava,
    This is an interesting post. I have never heard of this bean before but would love to try this dish! looks so colorful and healthy.

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  15. This beans is so popular over here but not everyone can digest them. Its really good for health and now my other half is slowing learning to eat the beans or petai.

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  16. Looks delicious especially with the ikan bilis sambal! I know petai is good for us but I am not quite keen on the taste. :D

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  17. how delicious looking..love your presentation
    Tasty Appetite

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  18. i love petai so much is my fravor :3

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  19. I miss petai!! And you know what.. I ate petai when furthering studies in KL and their petai is much different in taste with ours here in Sabah. Sabah's taste much better with strong smell of petai!!

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  20. My mom is famous for her petai sambal. Me on the other hand, don't share the same affection for petai ;)

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