♥...Fish in Spicy Coconut Gravy/ Ikan Masak Lemak Cili Padi & My New Year Gift...♥

Hello everyone!!! Seeing you again in the new year :)

I'm sure New Year has brought lots of new dreams and resolutions for everyone. As for me, the same thing every year...LOSE WEIGHT, a resolution that has been brought forward for many years now, lol!

January is always a month of happiness for us. The New Year...and my Hubby's birthday on 17th. This year, we have triple bonanza!!! My Hubby will be returning home this month. He left to work last year, and we'll be meeting again this year...wow! Hoping he could return before his birthday *finger crossed!

On other note, Rishie has moved on to Primary Year 2. And, as usual...my daily chores started after a long school holidays.

So, these are the happenings for now...let's check out the dish.

This would mark my first food post for the year. A famous Malay style dish, and it's my favourite! :)

A quick version of mine, best served with white rice...and best if it's made spicy, using bird's eye chillies.


Ingredients :~

(A) Marinade for 15 minutes
  • 7 blocks of fish ( I used Threadfin / Senangin )
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt
(B) Blend together to form a paste
  • 5 pcs shallots
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 1 inch fresh turmeric
  • 1 onion
  • 12 nos bird's eye chillies ( add or less to your preference) ~ I used all green :)
  • 2 stalks lemongrass
  • 2 cups thin coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup thick coconut milk
  • 2 pcs tamarind pulps
  • 1 pc screwpine leaf (pandan) ~ knotted / OR kaffir lime leaves
  • salt
  • cooking oil

Method :~
  1. Fry the marinated fish blocks in oil until golden brown or cooked.
  2. Reduce oil and stir fry the blended paste. Place the pandan leaf in and mix together. Cook covered for 3-5 minutes. Stir gradually.
  3. Add thin coconut milk, salt and tamarind pulps. Allow gravy to boil a few times.
  4. Add thick coconut milk and fried fish blocks. Mix slowly. Cover for another 2 minutes, leaving the gravy to boil. Check for salt. 
  5. Add some water if you want a lighter gravy. As for me, I'd always liked it thick!

NOTE : You may try making this dish using chicken. OR fried bean curds / tofu.
             Add red bird's eye chillies for little reddish :)

Received a New Year gift from dear Hubby, which arrived yesterday! 
Will keep you posted on what I've got!!! Here's the first shot of the box.
Can someone guess what's inside??? ;)


  1. wah love pun pandai makan masak lemak cili padi ya..bestnya.nampak sedap tu..hehe
    akak tak boleh nak agak lah apa isinya tu love..tak sabar nak tau..cepat bg tau ya..can't wait..hehe

  2. LOvely Photography. Great recipe!! Love to follow you! Do check my page too!

  3. waa love,pandai love masak lomak cili api tu,,kalau nak tau sometimes akak masak pecah santan sometimes really cantik gitu..but looking at yours..drolling you...tahniah!!!

  4. WOw the gravy looks way too tempting ..I will adopt the same substituting with some other thing. May be Tofu as us said in FB. Like u I am biiiiiiiiiiiig tofu lover as well :)

  5. wahh.. sedap pekat masak lemak love.. buat pedas2 mmg terbaik!
    ape tu?? set studio kt rumah? hihi... will wait for the next n3 =)

  6. Love...masak lemak cili api mu menggoda jiwa raga..tengok tu siap ada cili api tetenggek kat atas ikan...fuyoooo...ada berani nak makan cili api tu gitu je...he he...
    Bestnya dapat hadiahhh..:)

  7. wow...the fish curry looks so mouthwatering...ur clicks r so amazing !n i guess thats a tripod :-)so whats the prize 4 guessing it right ?

  8. Super delicious and tempting fish curry..

  9. wow...the fish curry looks so mouthwatering...ur clicks r so amazing !

  10. bukakla kotak tu..nk intai gak..hihi..

  11. Delicious fish curry,lovely clicks

  12. YUMMY dish..


  13. Wow this looks super and tempting.
    Happy new year and hope all ur wishes come true.
    Looks like someone got some really nice lighting sets and other gear for her already perfect photos.

  14. hi love cayang... sedapnya tengok ikan masak lemak tu love... terliur diana tgk tau...

  15. humaghaihhhh.. masak lomak... faveret tu... by the way hadiah tu mesti photography equipment ....

  16. Awsome texture.Looks like very wonderfull recipes.

    I ll surely try them.


  17. Love............cepat sikit buke kotak tu....hik3, melebih2 lak AYu nak tahu apa tu...must be something with the images tools ni.....

    Owh the masak lemak n cili apa tu....erk, buat ayu nak pingsaaaan.....lapo2...sedap tuuu!!!

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  19. Hello love2cook Malaysia! This recipe sounds good. Can see that it's really tasty. Good luck with your kalachoes and you have a happy New Year as well :-D

  20. tak sabar rdy to knw wat is the gift..........;)

  21. Alamak Love! today kan i actually nak masak ikan masak cili api but tak jadi pulak.. habis habisan masak udang lemak cili api.. then the fish i goreng ajer.. now looking at ur photo.. macam menyesal pulak! huhu

  22. A new camera i guess! ^_^
    Your dish need more rice to go with it, look so yummy!


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