Kari Pimenta is a Kristang dish that can be made with any type of fish. Pimenta, meaning “pepper” in Kristang, is the star ingredient in the rempah (spice mix) for this delectable curry. It is a spicy and warming dish best served with rice and will be a family favourite.
This recipe was derived from Chef Melba Nunis's - A Kristang Family Cookbook. To complete the recipe, there are 2 main parts to the cooking: the making of the rempah (spice paste) and the cooking of the fish.
Let's take a look at how the rempah is made :
Once the rempah (spice paste) is made, we can move on to the cooking of the curry. This video guides you through the steps:
|Preparing the rempah (spice paste)|
|Cooking the kari pimenta|
Start with making the rempah:
Place softened dried chillies into the blender together with shallots, turmeric, candlenuts, lemongrass and belacan
Add water and blend until a fine, smooth paste is formed. If the paste is too dry, add more water.
Remove paste from the blender and put in a bowl
Add black pepper, fennel and cumin then add into the bowl and mix until even
Spice paste is enough for 1kg of fish. Please use half the spice paste for this recipe, and save the other half for the next time.
Once your rempah is ready, you can proceed to cook the full dish:
Heat up oil in a non-stick pot
Keep stirring until the paste is fragrant and the oil separates from the paste - when the ingredients has more moisture, it would take a longer time
Make sure the chillies are cooked out so they don’t taste too raw
Pour water into the pot, in batches
Add tamarind juice, sugar and salt and bring to the boil
Add the fish, eggplant and tomato
Lower the heat and gently simmer curry until the fish is cooked and the gravy has thickened slightly
Serve with your favourite Langit rice. For this recipe, we went with Beras Salleh as the sweet and sticky texture complements the spicy and aromatic Kari Pimenta perfectly.
We hope you'll enjoy trying out this recipe.
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