Saturday, December 19, 2015

Cencaru Sumbat Sambal/Fish Stuffed With Spicy Paste (Baked)

Honestly, I really don't know what to write anymore when it is a fish dish (Claypot Sri Lankan Fish Curry). Also, with other pending articles on standby, I am feeling rather tired to think about an interesting intro, so, to keep it short and simple, here's the recipe - cencaru/hardtail/torpedo scad (or other suitable fish) stuffed with a spicy sambal and baked instead of frying.

3 cencaru/hardtail - de-cut (don't remove the head) and make one deep incision on both sides.
1 tsp of turmeric powder
Calamansi lime - as needed
Spring onion - for garnishing
A little salt

For the sambal/spicy stuffing
2 tbsp kerisik - pan fried and pounded fresh grated coconut or use the ready made one (see at beansprout salad)
1/2 tsp belacan powder or powdered roasted belacan/shrimp paste
2 tbsp dried chilli paste
1 tsp shallot paste (or finely chopped)
2 tbsp oil
A little salt

Rub fish with turmeric powder and salt.
Keep aside.
Heat oil and add the ingredients for the sambal.
Fry and stir till oil splits.
Remove and cool down a bit.
Then stuff into in fish (in the incision)
(Note: some reminder of the sambal may be possible or stuff the fish to the max)
Lightly oil a baking tray.
Place fish inside and bake for around 40 minutes and turn forget to turn to cook on the other side. Also, baking time may vary as per the oven type.
Once nice and cooked, remove, garnish with spring onion and serve with calamansi lime.
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  1. Looks great!love the addition of coconut but shrimp paste is something new to me. I think I should give it a try!

  2. I grew up eating LOTS of fish and seafood. This sabalfish looks so delicious!

  3. My type of dish delicious and is fish my favorite.

  4. Hi Nava, this cencaru sumbat is one great dish that we M'sian never reject, preferably with extra rice too. LOL

    Have a great Sunday, regards.

  5. I'm not familiar with the name of the fish but they sure look good, dear! xoxo

  6. looks yumm...i love the shrimp paste with recipe for me.. Super

  7. Even though I am not a great fan on sea food, this looks yum.

  8. over here we just pan fry it or cook it with chilli =)

  9. This sounds delicious fr fish eaters.. i dnt eat fish bt looks tempting

  10. this fish looks super yummm..really tempting


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