my memories with Maldives fish
I remember the days when I get back home after school and find the maldives fish sambol or the coconut sambol bowl is empty. I and my sister used to to make it and have our lunch. Yes, our lunch was basically just plain rice with a sambol of maldives fish or coconut. It was a time of difficulty. We call it the budget meal.
We used to place the Maldives fish in a motar with some salt, chillie powder and flakes and grind it to a paste by hitting with the pestal. Sometimes we add a few french onions which adds it’s flavor to give a bit of softness.
Lunch was delicious and we enjoyed eating while grinning over a few uncrushed salt crystals sometimes.
We also used to cook the maldives fish with some onions, capsicum and tomatoes which makes it more softer. It’s called devilled maldives fish and served with a hard boiled egg.
1 cup maldives fish flakes
1 large onion (chopped)
2 medium sized capsicums
1 medium tomato
A handful of curry leaves
A small piece of cinnamon
1 teaspoon chillie powder
1 teaspoon chillie flakes
A pinch of turmeric
Salt to taste
2 teaspoon oil
2 teaspoon coconut milk
6 hard boiled eggs to serve.
1. Head oil in a pan and sauté the onions and curry leaves for a minute or until you get the aroma of curry leaves.
2. Stir in the maldives fish with salt, turmeric powder, chillie powder and chillie flakes.
3. Add the cinnamon stick with a teaspoon of water and mix.
4. Leave the pan closed over a low flame for five minutes.
5. Open and stir letting the contents spread evenly and cook through.
6. Once the water is evaporated and the contents start to dry out pour 2 teaspoons of coconut milk and cook over a high heat stirring continuously.
7. Take of heat when the oil starts to seperate from the curry.
8. Hard boil the eggs and add on top.
* dont like hard boiled eggs? break the eggs on top and leave it for a couple of minutes and take off heat.
* hate eggs at all? Never mind serve it as it is with your favourite curry.
* use this curry as a filling for buns.
* serve this curry with bread, rotti or rice.
*like pickles? At a small piece of pickled lime to this dish and mix while it’s hot.
* dont like too much maldives fish? Sway the quantity of maldives fish with the onions by adding 1 cup of chopped onions for 1 tablespoon of maldives fish.
* are you a vegetarian? Omit maldives fish and add only onions.
* like french onions? Never mind. Buy them and add a handful instead of a large onion for extra taste.
Shallots healthy aren’t they?
* doesn’t seem kid friendly? Add a tablespoon of crystal sugar to balance the spiciness
We call it seeni sambol with the swapped quantity of maldives fish with onions.
* we use this dish on our kidu rice and curry with some lime pickle.
my mouth is watering isn’t your’s?
Then go try it soon and serve for lunch or dinner or even breakfast.
Hope you enjoyed this post.