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Sardin Masak Lemak Cili Padi

Guys, I need to tell you something prior with regards to this Sardin Masak Lemak Cili Padi, our Malaysian Malay famed dish (Gado Gado, Asam Pedas Ikan & Sambal Petai Bilis). Perhaps you already know it, or best for me to let you know. Masak Lemak is basically comparable to our Indian coconut stew (Sodhi) because the core ingredient is coconut milk, which is also a favourite ingredient for Asian savory and sweet dishes. However, generally, sodhi is a vegetarian stew, whereas masak lemak is an amalgamation of meat or fish. Remember, I have already shared a similar recipe before (Masak Lemak Ikan Masin Nenas) in which I added salted fish and pineapple for the bold profound Malaysian tastes (Salted Fish Pickle, Pumpkin Salted Fish Curry, Pineapple Salted Fish Curry & Sambal Kentang Ikan Asin)? Sardin Masak Lemak Cili Padi (Sardine Coconut Birds Eye Chilli) is also not short of an explosion of, most or less, similar explosion of spicy, creamy and tangy tastes. But its a different style to cooking, in the sense we will make the spice paste first, made from our forever favorite local herbs and ingredients, followed by the actual simmering of coconut milk and sardine alongside. Alright. What's your say on Sardin Masak Lemak Cili Padi and will it make an appearance on your dining table? If you are asking, Sardin Masak Lemak Cili Padi is unforgettable (Nasi Dagang, Laksam Kelantan, Sayur Lodeh & Nasi Lemak Sambal Udang). 

2 cans (300g) sardines (drain out the sauce)
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 tbsp lime juice (or as preferred)
1 tomato - slice
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 after 2 to 3 minutes,  pour in coconut milk and lime juice.
Stir, remove from heat and combine in coriander leaves


  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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