Thursday, June 21, 2012

Sotong/Squids Sambal With Petai (Stinky Beans)

If you think cleaning prawns (Grilled Spicy Prawns) is hell, try sotong/squids (French Beans Sotong Stir FriedNasi Lemak Sotong Sambal & Sotong Sambal Kaffir Lime Leaves). Another hell-mell, especially trying to avoid the black ink inside from splattering and dirtying the sink. Oh, let me include cleaning chicky-kicky chicken feet too (Chicken Feet Kerabu/Salad). Then again, yes, the then I am fond of, a sotong dish once a while is one we yearn for.  Also, I seem fond of kaffir lime leaf which is slowly and surely growing in my tiny garden (Thai Mee Hoon Kerabu/Salad & Nyonya Fish Sambal). Of course it will never be possible to grow a petai tree though I wish, but the practically is that its definitely impossible (Chilli Petai/Stink Beans Anchovies), petai in fact is my all time favorite. That's why I added the healthily packed green beans into this sotong sambal, accentuated with the scent of kaffir lime leaves, also lemongrass.

400g sotong/squids - clean and cut into rings.
1 packet (about 200g) petai - cut into 2 pieces 
2 tbsp grounded/blended dried red chillies
1 tsp grounded/blended garlic
1 large onion - sliced
2 small lemongrass - bruised
Lime juice - as needed
3 kaffir lime leaves - tear into pieces
1 tsp powdered palm sugar or white sugar
4 tbsp oil
Salt to taste 
When oil is heated, add blended chillies and garlic. 
Fry until fragrant or till oil floats.
Add lemongrass and sliced onion.
Continue frying for 2-3mins.
Add the rest of the ingredients
Keep stirring until squids are cooked.
Remove from heat.
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  1. I have to say stinky beans doesn't sound very nice but after seeing them, much better!

  2. What a gorgeous dish, Nava! Your photgraphy and food styling is wonderful. Off to visit Tina :)

  3. Iwell I m not a big fan of petai...
    Mayb I just take the sotong... Kakaka

  4. Nava, once again, I would like to say thank you so much for sharing your sambal sotong recipe over at PiTCC! You're awesome! Now, my readers and I can enjoy this without going to the restaurant!

  5. Something different cause I usually eat petai with ikan bilis...I am sure the taste really good :-)

  6. Nava , Pinay is sweet friend to me as well. The dish looks nice and I go check it to Pinay' blog now.

  7. awhhhhh tempting foods makes me drooling for it now :D

  8. This is such a fantastic looking dish my friend and the name makes me giggle :)


  9. hi nava, looking at your pic, makes me want to eat this- a sure must buy petai at the sunday market... a real appetizer booster for sambal sotong.. yummy! have a nice day

  10. I never find petai here,,,great idea to substitute with green beans,Both of you are represent South East Asian foods ,I'm inspired !!

  11. Nava, I came here from Tina's blog to admire once more your gorgeous squid dish! As a squid fan I'm very happy to discover this new and unknown recipe as well as your wonderful blog.

  12. I've left my comments at Tina's blog. Unlike u, I like squids but not a fan of petai :< Next time, I take the squid & u eat the petai :)

  13. This looks great Nava! Heading over there now to check out the recipe.

  14. Oh I love petai.. but if they are cut in thinner slices! This dish looks so spicy and hot!

  15. Looks very flavourful. Though i don't eat squids but i'll try this recipe with some other thing!!

  16. Looks amazing I do not eat squid and I never try petals but this dish convince me to try it.


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