Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sardin Masak Lemak Cili Padi (Sardine In Creamy Chili Gravy)

If sodhi (egg sodhi) is the Indian coconut milk dish, then the Malay version has to be masak lemak. Coconut milk indeed is the star ingredient for both the dishes, sodhi can be rather plain and simple, whereas masak lemak is further elevated with local herbs and either the fresh sardines or canned ones seemingly a favourite as well (sardine sambal with potatoes, bread sardine rollsassam laksa, papaya sardine curry, instant asam laksa and asam laksa lemak). For me, while I prefer fresh sardines, I suppose canned ones are a matter of convenience as in this thick, spicy, creamy and vibrant sardine masak lemak. 

2 cans (300g) sardines (drain out the sauce)
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 tbsp lime juice (or as preferred)
1 tomato - sliced
4 tbsp oil
Salt for taste
2 sprigs spring onion - sliced thinly/shredded

Spice paste - to blend/ground
3 bird's eye chillies
3-4 dried red chillies 
1 inch galangal/lengkuas
1 lemongrass/serai
1 inch fresh turmeric/kunyit 
4 candle nuts/buah keras
4 shallots
1/2 inch ginger
5 garlic
** Blend/ground with water for a smooth paste

In  heated oil, fry paste till aromatic and oil splits.
Add tomato and pour in 1 cup of water.
Simmer till gravy is heated through.
Add sardines and season with salt.
Just as 2 to 3 minutes,  pour in coconut milk and lime juice.
Stir, remove from heat and combine in coriander leaves
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  1. Interesting and hot.....this is quite a new recipe for me... looks good and am sure it tastes great too...

  2. the curry must be very flavorful with all those ingredients added.. would love to have this with appam..

  3. Ahhh so beautiful looking Dish...very colorful...

  4. Interesting dish..It is new to me but am sure it must be full of flavor and delicious. Love the colorful presentation..

  5. sounds interesting.but it looks great...nice clicks

  6. Nice variation off ikan masak lemak! Colorful backdrop and clicks, love it.

  7. Such a beautiful color once again, I will need to try this, it is something for my taste for sure.

  8. If there is 1 fish I cant stand, its sardines!!! But this curry looks so rich...

  9. Very colourful and flavoured recipe.. Lovely presentation..

  10. Very spicy curry love coconut milk it makes everything flavorful a lot.

  11. Very flavourful and really interesting dear...

  12. the curry looks so creamy and rich!its true that most of Asian dishes require chili

  13. Sardin? Good idea.

    Sorry ya I hv not been here few days. Just moved to jungle. No Internet. Will come again when I can

  14. wow...super interesting dish...your blog has something special all the time :)

  15. hiiisyyyy you ni Nava, betul2 selera 1 Malaysia! ni betul boleh buat orang lapar gila, cair air liur I nih!
    you pakai camera apa? cantiknya gambar2 masakan you!
    oops maaf, kepochi jap! hehehe

  16. Wow what a curry Nava!Love fish in coconut milk.

  17. I like a little bit of heat too in my food. In some dishes, chillis actually enhance the flavours. The chilli gravy looks outstanding, the colours are beautiful! I am not a big fan of sardines but that gravy has my name written on it1

  18. Ahh, my fav combo of coconut milk & sardines.. Love them & the colour makes it super inviting :)

  19. Ohh! What a spicy curry Nava.. Would love to have it with white rice :-)

  20. Love the spicieness in this and the colour is too pretty :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  21. Love the riot of colours in your dishes, very appealing and appetizing

  22. As always, i am in love with the clicks!! And such clever use of colours!!
    Please do a post on food photography...Would love to read your thoughts on that...

  23. wow for the dish n pretty clicks navneet
    u make v yummy food...

    my recent one :

  24. I love fish and this curry looks simply delicious ! Great clicks ! Nava,coming up with the intro is the toughest part of a post I guess :)

  25. Love your recipes that gives plain old ingredients a refreshing touch.

  26. Wow, fish with coconut milk.. a love story that never ends!


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