Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ikan Bilis (anchovies) Sambal With Belimbing


Bilis Malaysia. Malaysian dried anchovies (Sambal Serai Ikan Bilis). Dang a million times. I so love these dried tiny fish. Versatile as well. Into stir fries, for broth, and of course, nothing like our Malaysian Ikan Bilis Sambal (Sambal Sandwich, Ayam Masak Masam Manis & Stir Fried Sweet Potato Leaves). Sedap Meletup/delicious explosion. We then just need a place of rice, we will joyously tucked in and we are satisfied. Ikan Bilis Sambal definitely packs major chilli punches (Egg Green Chilli Curry, Spicy Chicken RaisinSpicy Tuna Potato & Masala Tofu) imagine cooking it alongside belimbing, those kinda tiny star fruit (Belimbing Kari Kepala Ikan). Sour belimbing into sambal (Sambal PrawnsPetai Prawn Sambal Ikan Masak Chilli Belacan), means you don't have to add tamarind juice or lime juice (Grilled Belacan Fish & Dried Prawn Paste) because belimbing will rockingly take over the the role of sourness. Enough said I think, I have already said much on the same in my previous sambal recipes too, let me right now roll in this Ikan Bilis (anchovies) Sambal With Belimbing. Akin the best power bank, spicy, sour and sweet explosions. Get your rice ready please (Ikan Bilis Mee Soup, Gado Gado, Malaysian Fried Chicken & Ikan Masin Nenas). 

Ingredients
For the sambal/chilli paste
4 to 5 fresh red chillies
3 shallots
3 garlic
1/4 piece roasted belacan/shrimp paste
** blend/process to a rough paste

Other ingredients
1 cup ikan bilis/anchovies - soaked in water for 20 mins and drain off water.
10 to 15 belimbing
Lime juice - only if needed
Palm sugar - a small piece (powdered/crushed)
Oil for frying
Salt to taste

Method
Heat oil and fry ikan bilis till crispy.
Remove and keep aside.
Leave about 3 tbsp of oil in the same pan.
Fry chilli paste till aromatic and oil splits.
Add belimbing and cook to a texture you prefer.
Add sugar, lime juice, salt and fried ikan bilis.
Stir a couple of times and remove from heat.
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9 comments:

  1. yet to make this yummy sambal. lovely clicks.

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  2. u are an amazing cook .. the dish looks so tempting.. lovely pics as well :)

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  3. One of the amazing things about visiting your space is that I get to learn a lot about different ingredients, techniques and dishes. This one is fabulous...and delightfully mouth watering. You come up with creative stuff everyt ime.

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  4. slurpppppsss...this one makes my mouth water

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  5. mouth watering & super tempting ....loved your clicks too

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  6. Lovely clicks and mouth watering recipe :-)

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