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Gulai Tumis (Nyonya Fish Curry)



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  • 1 medium pomfret, cut into 6-8 pieces
  • 6-8 ladies fingers, cut into half diagonally
  • 60 g tamarind pulp
  • 680 g water
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 10 g Gula Melaka, chopped or grated
  • 1 Bunga Kantan (Ginger Flower)
  • 3-4 sprigs Daun Kesom (Vietnamese Basil)
  • 50 g cooking oil

Curry Paste

  • 10 dried chillies, soaked in water until soft
  • 5 fresh chillies
  • 2 stalks Lemon grass, cut into 3-4
  • 1.5" galangal, cut into half
  • 1" turmeric
  • 15 g belacan (shrimp paste)
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    Preparation 30min
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Recipe's preparation

  1. Preparation:

    1.  Slice bud of Bunga Kantan thinly. Cut the stem into two.

    2.  Tie daun kesom into a bundle.

    3.  Soak tamarind pulp in water to extract juice. 

    4.  Remove seeds from both the chillies. Retain if you want a spicier curry.

  2. Cooking Method:

    1. Place curry paste ingredients into the bowl. Blitz 20secs/sp10. Scrape down sides of bowl. Repeat blitzing. Scrape down again.

    2. Pour in oil. Saute 6mins/veroma/sp2.

    3. While paste is sauteing, arrange fish pieces in the lower veroma tray and ladies fingers on the top layer.

    3. Add in tamarind juice, salt, gula melaka, stem of Bunga Kantan, Daun kesom. Position veroma trays on top of the bowl. Cook 12mins/veroma/reverse/sp 2. 

    4. Remove veroma tray. Put fish and ladies finegrs into a Thermoserver or a serving bowl.

    5. Adjust the taste of the curry by adding salt, sugar or tamarind to liking. Mix 10secs/veroma/reverse/sp2.

    6. Pour curry over fish and garnish with sliced Bunga Kantan.

    7. Serve with hot rice.


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1. Prawns, squid or chicken can be used to replace fish.

2. For a vegetarian curry, replace fish with pineapple, cucumber, brinjal, or/and firm tofu.

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  • This recipe looks delicious -

    Submitted by ammie2 on 30. November 2016 - 01:49.

    This recipe looks delicious - can't wait to try it out.


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