Sunday, June 12, 2011

Papaya And Sardine Curry

Papaya and Sardine Curry? What do you think? Have you tried before or at least given a thought? If you are asking me, papaya to curries is not, definitely not a weird combination. Not as far as I know, especially for our Malaysian Malays. I am definitely not a Malay, but trust me, I so love Malay food. Must be the influence of my growing up years, from my Malay neighbours. I don't know about you, I have tasted papaya in savory dishes and I so love the combination. Of course, we are talking about raw papaya or semi-ripped papayas and not the fully ripe ones which we all know is the fruit rich in Vitamin C, and in return I would say that papaya is the beauty fruit for our, if you like to keep your skin beautiful. Alright, I think enough said for introducing papaya and why we can actually add it into curries (Bitter Gourd Prawn Curry, Chicken Salted Eggs, Prawn Spinach Sodhi & Salted Fish Mango). Sardine on the other hand, canned sardines for me is a matter of a convenient my saviour ingredient. Always must be stocked up as part of my provision (Bread Sardine Roll & Sardine Varuval). This Nava K's version of papaya curry is a role play of ingredients for the role play of spiciness, coconut milk creaminess and and kaffir leaves scented. Try. Try this recipe of mine. I can vouch you, you will not regret. 

2 small (155g) tins of sardines- drain out the sauce
Half (abt 180g) semi ripe/unripe papaya - remove skin and slice
5 garlic - sliced
5 shallots - sliced
1 tbsp dried chilli paste (blend a handful of dried red chillies)
1/2 cup thick coconut milk
1 cup water
2 calamansi lime - extract juice
4  limau purut (kaffir lime) leaves - tear into pieces
3 tbsp oil
Salt to taste

When oil is heated, saute garlic and shallots.
Add chilli paste and continue to cook until the oil splits.
Put in the sliced papaya.
Pour 1 cup of water.  Stir and simmer to soften papaya - to a texture you prefer.
Then add sardine, coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves and lime juice.
Season with salt.
Stir and when curry is heated through, remove from heat.

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  1. emm walla, i'm like small sardine.....

  2. Pictures are telling this papaya curry ....will certainly very testy and dilicious......

  3. i couldnt eat anything from last night and it's almost 9 at night and im hungry like anythn and this delicious looking recepie is making me hungry more. looking so yumy ...

    was busy in my life at work; miss u around, hope u ok and see u soon <3

  4. hi there... thanks for ur visit at my blog...

  5. missed your delicious this great one.

  6. Creative dish, never tried before! To make a curry without actually using curry powder or paste, amazing!

  7. hi nava, looks so yummy, i like sardines, cos of omega3. first time heard of papaya with it. must try tho...
    anyway i am giving the SUNSHINE AWARD to you. congrats, please collect it from my sit this evening ok.
    have a nice day

  8. appreciate all your comments everyone.

  9. Wow, I thought no one in any part of the world do this apart from my grandmother, this gives me a lot of memories. I rememebr when we dont have anything left on the fridge and my grandmother is lazy to go to the market this always end up as our lunch as we have a convinience store nearby my house so its easy to by a tin can sardines and a papaya tree at the backyard.

  10. it looks delicious.
    never had sardine curry before, so this is so a must-try dish!!

  11. I cook sardines quite often cos its quick to prepare, gonna try this (new twist to the dish) the next time I decide to make sardine curry.

    Looking forward to more of your awesome recipes!

  12. great comments everyone and tq.

  13. appreciate all the comments, thanks.


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