Salted Fish Curry
(Kotokan Jambal)

  • 300 gram jambal roti or other salted fish, cleaned
  • vegetable oil
  • 100 gram red chilies, finely sliced diagonally
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cm fresh galanggal(lengkuas)
  • 375 ml thin coconut milk from coconut
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • a pinch of sugar


  • 8 shallots
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • cm fresh kencur
  • Roast the ikan jambal until the fishy smell is gone.  Rinse in water and slice in 4 x 4 cm squares.
  • Fry the chilies and spice-paste until fragrant.  Add the salam leaves and the lengkuas.  Continue frying for a minute or more.  Add the santan and fish.  Bring a boil and continue simering until santan thickens.  Add the potato slices and the sugar.  Continue cooking until tomato slices have gone limp.  Remove and serve.

Make 4-6 servings with other dishes.

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