Thursday, February 27, 2014

Sambal Serai Ikan Bilis(Lemongrass Anchovies in Chili Gravy)


I'm back to work with full swing; practically trying to meet the deadlines. For the next 3 months or so, its all about work, work and work. As such, time for blogging and social media are limited but I've accepted that ultimately work is about commitment and accountability. Its so competitive out there in the corporate world that the slightest slip-up will reflect on your performance; in return on your KPI, end increment and bonus. Still, I hope I can sneak at least an hour for my side hobby of blogging.  


Without further ado, here's a typical and authentic Malaysian side dish. Its a perfect addition when you need something spicy especially for rice or nasi lemak
 also with a generous splash of any kind of rasam (Yogurt Rasam  
or Coriander Rasam).
Or just go with whatever your like. It consist of fried anchovies, red chilies, large onion, lemongrass and bouncy long beans. 


Ingredients
1 cup anchovies - soak for about 10 minutes and drain off excess water.
10 long beans -cut into 1 inch length.
2 tbsp dried chili paste
1 lemongrass - smashed/crushed
1 large onion - slice into rings
3-4 garlic - sliced/chopped
1 tbsp (or as per taste) calamansi lime juice
Oil as needed
Salt for taste
Method
Heat oil; fry anchovies till crispy and crunchy.
Remove and keep aside. 
Leave about 2 tbsp of oil in the same frying pan.
Add garlic, lemongrass and onion.
Fry for about 1 min.
Put in chili paste; fry till oil splits.
Add long beans; pour lime juice and season with salt.
Cook for a texture you prefer.
(Note: pour a bit of water if needed)
Lastly add fried anchovies.
Stir to combine in and remove from heat. 
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26 comments:

  1. Everything here looks so delicious.. Lemongrass makes this so flavourful. Yumm

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  2. Everything here is so delicious.. Lemongrass makes this so flavourful.. Yumm

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  3. have to try that coriander rasam, looks so fresh.

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  4. Thanks for visiting my space and leaving a comment..
    your blog is lovely..Happy being you new follower..

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  5. I have never tried this but it looks so yum :)

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  6. Lovely spin off sambal ikan bilis. I really do admire your consistency in updating your blog, despite working as well. It takes dedication!

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  7. Looks so delicious and beautiful color, love to pair it with coriander rasam....

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  8. i havent hrd abt this dish..Looks soo yum n nice
    beautiful clicks <3

    my recent one :http://www.dbreviews.co.uk/2014/02/braun-silk-epil-preepilation-wipes.html

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  9. Looks spicy and would love to have a bite.I have tasted this before from Malay food courts and really liked...

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  10. Yum! I love anchovies and combined with lemongrass and chili paste...please, I just need a bowl of rice to go with it...
    Thanks for the recipe Nava...hope you are having a great week :D

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  11. I always love anchovies... With lemon grass combo definitely it must be a hit in ur house

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  12. hmm anchovies with beans thats intresting.simple yet different ..

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  13. i thought i commented, probably it got lost...
    wanted say that food looks great and your pics are as always amazing..

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  14. delicious and such tempting pics...

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  15. That looks so delicious! I love the combination of colours and the rasam pictures too.

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  16. We do make dried shrimp with long beans and unripe banana. This sambal with anchovies look awesome.I am glad u are ready to spare time for blogging however busy u are.

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  17. Looks lovely! Happy to follow you back!

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  18. Chilli gravy sounds amazing :D
    What a lovely colour!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  19. I wonder how you manage it all. And manage so well. I have been a banker for 7 years before I became a mother. Loved it, though it was hectic. So, I can imagine how difficult it must be to balance it all. Like always, the flavours are perfect and the dish looks stunning!

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  20. this looks so addictive. reminds me of tau hu goreng

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