• Prep Time 20 minutes
  • Cook Time 20 minutes
  • Serving For 4 people
  • Difficulty Easy

Recipe Ingredient

  • 1 tilapia fish, cleaned
  • 2 lady's fingers, sliced into half at a slant
  • 1 eggplant, cut into wedges
  • 1 tomato, quartered
  • 1/2 an onion, cut into wedges
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • Ground spice ingredients (A)
  • 120g shallots
  • 100g garlic
  • 12 fresh red chillies
  • 10 dried chillies
  • 2cm fresh turmeric root
  • 2 stalks lemongrass
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fish curry powder
  • Ingredients (B)
  • 25g tamarind paste, mixed with 150ml water and squeezed to obtain tamarind juice
  • 2 pieces dried tamarind skin
  • 1 stalk polygonum leaves (daun kesom)
  • 100ml water
  • Seasoning (C)
  • 1/2 tsp ikan bilis stock granules
  • 1/2-1 tsp sugar or to taste
  • 1 tbsp calamansi lime juice
  • Salt to taste


  1. Place the fish on a plate and steam until tender.
  2. Heat oil and fry ground spice ingredients (A) until fragrant. Add tamarind juice, dried tamarind skin and polygonum leaves. Boil until oil separates. Add water and seasoning (C) and cook for a while.
  3. Heat a clean saucepan with a tablespoon of oil. Fry onion until fragrant. Add 1-2 ladles of prepared asam curry sauce. Add eggplant and lady´s fingers. Cook until vegetables are done. Add in tomato and bring to a boil again.
  4. Once fish is ready to be served scoop out enough prepared asam curry with the condiments onto the fish and serve at once.
  5. (The remaining prepared asam curry sauce can be kept in the refrigerator for use later.)
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