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Fish in Coconut Gravy (Ikan Masak Lemak)

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  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Yield: 2 1x


  • 2 fish fillets of your choice
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup tamarind juice
  • Salt to taste

Spice paste

  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 2 birds eye chilies, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemongrass, minced


  1. Blend the spice paste ingredients into a fine paste
  2. Over medium high heat, saute the spice paste until aromatic
  3. Add coconut milk, tamarind juice and salt to taste and bring to a boil
  4. Add the fish fillets and lower the heat to medium, allowing it to simmer for 5 minutes or until the gravy has boiled down and thickened
  5. Dish and serve hot