Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Sambal Petai Ikan Bilis (Stink Beans And Anchovies in Chili Gravy)

Aduh! Petai lah  - busuk tapi sedap habislah (smelly but amazingly delicious). Imagine then cooking petai/stink beans alongside anchovies, eggs and chillies? Walla! Kegemaran saya/my favourite forever (Lemongrass/Serai Prawn Petai Sambal, Sambal Sotong/Squid Petai, Chilli Petai Anchovies  & Dried Prawns/Udang Kering Petai Sambal). Nonetheless, petai/stink bean isn't everyone's cup of tea. Why go so far, though I triple love petai, my other half-half won't come close to it. What a tragedy because petai is one of the best traditional practices for cleansing our body. 

Never-mind, forget about my husband for the time being while I speak of my love for salty food, like ikan bilis/anchovies (Ikan Bilis Mee Hoon Soup, Anchovies Fried Mee Hoon, Anchovies Long Beans Fried RiceNasi Goreng Ikan Bilis & Ubi Kayu/Tapioca Ikan Bilis), ikan kering/salted fish (Pumpkin Salted Fish Curry & Salt Fish Murugakkai/Drumstick Curry) and anything else under the sun which is salty. Call me the typical Malaysian, yes I am, I just so love every other made in Malaysia typical authentic Malaysian dishes (Nasi Lemak Prawn/Udang Sambal, Ikan Bilis Nenas Lemak/Anchovies Pineapple Coconut Gravy, Home Made Curry Mee, Laksam Noodles & Nasi Dagang). So, ladies and gentlemen, especially to typical Malaysians like me, lets clap hands to this Sambal Petai Ikan Bilis. Really appetizing. Get your please of rice ready please.

400g petai/stink beans - slide into two or three pieces
1 cup dried anchovies/ikan bilis - soaked and drained
4 hard boiled eggs - peel off the shell
1/2 tbsp lime juice
1/2 tbsp palm or white sugar
Salt for taste
Oil as needed

For the chilli paste - blend/ground
10 dried red chillies
5 garlic
5 shallots
1/2 inch roasted belacan

Heat enough oil and fry the eggs for a crispy outer layer. 
Remove and keep aside. 
In the same oil, fry anchovies till light brown and crispy.
Remove and keep aside.
Leave about 3 tbsp of oil in the same wok/pan. 
Add chilli paste and fry till aromatic and oil splits.
Add petai and cook for a texture you prefer.
Combine in all the other ingredients, including the fried anchovies and eggs.
Stir well and remove from heat.
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  1. Definitely one of my fave beans too! The stinkier the better!

    I sometimes cook it with the skin too!

  2. In my place this is called as Seem, my mom's favourite, am really missing it now. Thanks for sharing :-)Wahsushkitchen

  3. what is the stink beans Nava, I don't think I get it here. But your dish looks gorgeous. I just love the idea of eggs with anchovies. My amma makes gravy of anchovies like the korma and breaks the egg directly to the gravy and get it cooked.
    I have to try your version, it is easy also. but just let me know about the beans...
    Thank you very much for sharing....

  4. Heard a lot about this stink beans from a malay friend. Does it have more odour that garlic?

  5. So delicious! I will definitely make this! :)

  6. Hi everyone,
    Thanks for the comments. I should have taken a picture of the beans and attached but it was just forgotten. The beans can be somewhat bitter. Once you combine them with the rest of the ingredients, that taste is not felt so much.

  7. never heard about stink beans.. anchovies and egg?? thats an interesting combo.. will try this combo next time..

  8. I checked in the internet to see how stink beans look like. I don't think I've ever tried it. But this dish looks so appetizing, Nava! I have never thought of combining anchovies and hard boiled eggs in one dish.

  9. looks fantastic....yes..i also want to know...
    what is stink beans?

  10. A very interesting dish which has beans, egg and fish!! Looks drool worthy and would be perfect with white rice. Also frying the boiled egg is a good idea, the texture looks lovely.
    I think we can all substitute petai beans with soya beans.
    And the vegetarians can substitute anchovy with may be soya chunk.

  11. Never heard of stink beans ! But the dish looks tempeting!!!!

  12. Delicious sambal dish Nava,What is stink beans, I have to look into Asian store.

  13. Nice combo .


  14. I never had stink beans...the recipe looks very interesting and flavorful Nava.
    Enjoy your week :)

  15. I have not come across stink beans yet, but the platter makes me hunt some down & prepare this.. Anchovy & eggs are favs !! So, I think I can manage this healthy beans along with it ;)

  16. Never heard of sambal patai... But reading this post has my mouth watering Nava :-)

  17. new combos and nicely done..lovely pictures too...

  18. I've never try any recipe using stink bean and its new to me. But I just love Ikan bilis. Hmmmm I just love it with sambal eggs. Will go well with plain rice.

  19. I'm drooling for this!! a perfect combo with rice!! yummylicious!! will try to make it someday hehehe

  20. Lovely dish! First time at your place & you have a lovely space. Visit mine when ur free corporate2kitchen.org

  21. This is a new dish to me Nava, looks great!

  22. I developed a taste for this and love it.. navaneetham

  23. this looks awesome dear. A new and very tempting dish. Love it. Yummm :)


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