Sunday, June 12, 2011

Chinese Syle Curry Fish Head with Candle Nut & Okra(without Santan, coconut milk)

The Chinese Style Curry Fish Head that are normally served at restaurants don't use spices like mixed halba and the amount of curry powder is lesser compared to Indian curries. I have created this version without using coconut milk. In order to make the gravy creamy and rich, I used Candle nuts (buah keras, kemiri, kukui tree nut, Aleurites moluccana). This hard candle nuts have very high oil content and can be used to make candle. The nut contain saponin and phorbol which is a little toxic in uncooked (raw) state. However, you can also use Macadamia nut in replacement of candle nut if you worry about the toxicity..

Fish Head, Garoupa Fish or Red snapper, 1 pc, cut into small chunks
Squid,5 pcs, cut in to bite sizes
Curry Powder, 3 tablespoons
Turmeric, 1 teaspoon
Chilly Powder,  3 tablespoon
Candle nut, 2 pcs
Garlic, 5 cloves
Onions, 2 pcs
Belachan, 1 teaspoon
Curry leaves, 3 sprigs
Salt to taste
Okra, 6 pcs
Vegetable oil 5 tablespoons

Blend candle nut, garlic and onions. Mix curry powder, chilly powder, turmeric, belachan & blended mixture with water to make a paste. Saute this paste in hot oil until fragrant. Add curry leaves and a little water. Put in the fish head and close the wok lid. Let it simmer for around 20 minutes or until the fish head is cooked. Add in salt, okra and squid. Don't cook the squid too long.
Serve with steamed rice.


Bananazஇ said...

If you used kukunut milk would taste much better muahaha..aduh bay tahan currrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyy.... First thing would charged with few spoonful of curry soup then next the sotong.

Christine said...


eugene said...

If you give me this dish, i can eat as breakfast, lunch and dinner,, just love the curry, like bananaz said, if got kukunut milk lagi syiok

Sheoh Yan said...

Some replace coconut milk with fresh cow milk. Yours look yummy also.

Somewhere in Singapore said...

Yummy Yummy!!!

Anonymous said...

sedapnya :0
sunday pun masak juga?? so rajin :)

yvonne said...

Candle nut... hmm, I still prefer kukunut, hahaha! Unhealthy food is always the most sedap one!

mobile said...

Oh my God how good and delicious it looks. I don`t think that it is an easy recipe but i will give it a try. Thanks a lot for sharing with us,

fufu said...

it's nearly impossible to get lady fingers in germany ><

MaryMoh said... this. Looks very delicious. It's a little difficult getting candle nuts here so I would go for macadamia nuts. But the macadamia nuts are just so good by itself when roasted that it's so difficult to have any left for my curry....haha.

Xjion89 said...

the curse on me for not able to eat spicy food~~><

Alice Law said...

Garoupa, yum! Such a pity I'm not your neighbour, else muka tembok like me sure constantly bug you for food, lol!

lena said...

candlenuts can use to make candles?? candlenuts, i'm really going nuts..!

yummylittlecooks said...

Sooo yummy!!!If don't like coconut, can add evaporated milk...nice....yumyum:)

masini second said...

Hmmm this recipe seems to be very interesting and for sure delicious, so i think i will give it a try. So i want to thank you for sharing with us.


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