Petai is not easily digested by everyone, either you like the taste of it or the other way around. Petai, also known as stink beans is bitter in taste, all the more the strong smell is pervasive. The smell also lingers in the mouth and body once the beans are eaten and the same smell is obvious when urinating. The amino acids in the beans is the cause of the smell and can take about 2 days before its totally gone. Having said that, petai contains plenty of nutrients and eaten them can do good to our health. If you would like to know more on the goodness of petai, here's my post on Benefits of Eating Petai in which I have also shared another one of my petai recipe.
You will need to peel of the skin of the petai to get the beans out first before using them for cooking. Petai can also be eaten raw as a salad, cooked with other ingredients like fresh or dried prawns as well as with dried anchovies. The smell of the beans may not be that obvious when combined with other ingredients, making it slightly pleasant in taste. For us, we enjoy petai cooked with anchovies and combined in chillies for the spicy flavor. I have not heard of petai eaten with anything else except with white rice. We too do the same when petai is prepared for our meals at home.
200g petai pods - sliced into smaller pieces
100g small anchovies - soaked for 10 mins and drained
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp white sugar
5 tbsp oil
salt to taste
To be grounded/pounded roughly
5-6 birds eye chillies or red chillies
When oil is heated, fry the anchovies till crispy and brown in color.
Remove and keep aside.
In the same oil, fry the grounded/pounded ingredients
Continue frying for about 3-4 mins.
Add in the beans, stirring in between.
Cook the beans to a texture you prefer, either totally soften or half cooked.
Add in lime juice, sugar and salt.
Stir all in together before removing from heat.