Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Homemade Assam Fish Paste

After my mom taught me this Assam fish paste, I have stopped to buy from shops. Assam fish paste is a pre-cooked paste from ground fresh spices, moderately spicy with taste of tamarind, and it is suitable for cooking fish (stir fry, grill, BBQ or etc) or other seafood like squids and prawns. I just spent with few ringgit, I can have few containers of Assam fish paste store in freezer for my cooking of seafood.


Homemade Assam Fish Paste


Spices ingredients can easily get it from pasar (wet market)

Homemade Assam Fish Paste





Homemade Assam Fish Paste
(printable recipe)
Spices Ingredients500g Onions
A small bundle of Daun Kesum (Laksa leaves)
1” galangal /blue ginger (or replace with normal ginger)
8 stalks serai / Lemongrass
5 small chillies
1 bunga kantan/Torch Ginger Flower

200ml water
3tbsp cooking oil

5tbsp chilli paste ( I use homemade chilli paste)
100g tamarind paste ( mix with 100ml water, discard seeds)
4tbsp sugar
1tsp salt

Method
1. In a blender/food processor, grind spices ingredients till a fine paste.
2. Heat oil in a wok, stir fry chilli paste, add blended ingredients, tamarind water and water.
3. Stir fry till fragrant and almost dry, take about 15mins.
4. Season with sugar and salt.
5. Store in freezer once the paste is completely cooled.
Homemade Assam Fish Paste

Recently, I just use the fish head from the 5kg big fish to cook this Assam fish head curry using this homemade Assam fish paste, simply fresh and good.


Assam fish head curry

Happy Cooking !!

45 comments:

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... said...

I don't do and store like you cos my hubby doesn't like assam stuff.
So, I just make it fresh everytime.
It's nice to have people in the same house with same tastebuds.

I like sour but he hates it.

Bakeling said...

I like this , will learn how to do it , thanks .

cikmanggis said...

Terima kasih sonia,I nak cuba lah:)pastinya tiada pengawet.

Anncoo said...

Mmm...it is always good to have ready made paste at home. I have all these ingredients at home except ginger torch flower, will get it soon. Thanks Sonia!

Angie's Recipes said...

Can't find most of ingredients for the paste..it looks exotic and delicious!

MeRy said...

Tq for sharing the recipe....Looks Yummy.

Kitchen Corner said...

WOW! Thank you so much for sharing this good asam paste! I must get some ingredients to do it soon. Cheers!

zurin said...

mmmm the paste looks absolutely delicious. so cnvenient :))

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said...

WOW, homemade assam paste looks super yummy Sonia. What an easy recipe...thanks for sharing ya! :D

huikhee and yoonlai said...

Ohh...delicious!! I cant find bunga kantan here, but I will try it in the near future. ;) Thanks for sharing!!

Bo said...

I bet it is delicious...I don't think I can get most of those ingerdients.

ReeseKitchen said...

Nice one Sonia, I love assam and spicy food. Thanks for sharing..:)

3 hungry tummies said...

Your assam fish looks fantastic. I made some assam pedas tonight too, the paste is a lot simpler than this of course.

Pete said...

Handy stuff to have in the fridge....make cooking easy!

Jess @ Bakericious said...

Sonia, the fish head looks so yummy! So coincidence that my colleagues ate curry fish head for lunch and I was drooling and when back home my mil cooked assam fish for dinner yeah!

Beau Lotus said...

Mmmm, I love making my own paste too!

But unfortunately I have no space in my little freezer here in Modena, so I've given up for now...

Jane Chew said...

aiyo! why u so ...... rajin? Better stay dekat u hor? hehe....

busygran said...

Nothing like homemade spices. Like your assam fish paste. Btw, do you use the whole bunga kantan to make the paste?

Vrinda said...

Mouthwatering fish pickle...

Christine said...

Your asam paste looks yummy!

AhTee said...

Is it similar to TomYam paste??

MaryMoh said...

Wow....beautiful assam fish paste! I think I can't get all the ingredients here. I have to make some adjustments if I am to make this. Homemade is just the best. Love your fish dish. Looks very delicious. Thanks very much for sharing.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Wah...assam fish paste! Can I use this paste to make assam laksa? Wish I have learn how to make this when I was still in Malaysia!

Chow and Chatter said...

wow what a cool paste would love some of this at home!

Wendy said...

this makes me drool, I wanted to cook curry fish head, but couldn't find any torch ginger flower here, I know it will not taste right without it...so, I only cook this when I back to Malaysia...hmmm...Will try to find a way to bring some torcg ginger flower to US..haha

PranisKitchen said...

thats really nice home made paste.. sounds interesting

苏联妈妈 said...

asam...sure it taste good !

Somewhere in Singapore said...

Just by looking at the paste, it has made me drooling...

Sook said...

What a fantastic idea to make your own fish paste! That is amazing!

My Little Things Corner said...

Must try this soon, so that i can save $$. Thanks Sonia!

Mary said...

I don't know much about fish paste but I can certainly applaud you skill with a camera. Your photos are gorgeous. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Cook.Bake.Love said...

When making Asam Fish at home we always use home-made chili paste plus asam paste only, I must bookmark your recipe.

Little Inbox said...

I don't cook curry often, so mostly I buy the fresh curry paste from the stall in market. Not all stalls sell good quality of curry paste, but the one near my house is a good one. :)

Cheah said...

Sonia, you're so rajin! Your paste looks so tempting, can smell it from here!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Looks really good, cooking assam fish is much healthier than cooking curry fish.

Barbara said...

This looks delicious, Sonia. But I don't think I can find most of the ingredients! I'm just going to drool from afar!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

I bet the paste is better than anything you can buy! And makes everything extra special!

Anh said...

Very nice! I will try this for sure!

Elin said...

Sonia....thanks for sharing this wonderful paste. I shall make them and store them in a jar. Haha it will be my magic portion :p Thanks thanks...love ya for this :)

ck lam said...

This is one paste that I have yet to come across....sure like to try it out. Thanks for sharing!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Dear all, thanks for stopping by.

Beachlover's Kitchen said...

I love this type of sambal!! I'm sure going to try your recipe soon,maybe when I'm back from my vacation..Thanks for sharing!!

温馨小屋 said...

我最喜欢辣了!这个我一定要学做!

Colin Woon said...

Good stuff! My wife will probably love this very much!

Great photos Sonia! I like the photo composition and lighting, especially the 1st and 3rd photo.

Anonymous said...

Hi, i saw your recipes and i'm drooling now, i love assam food! i want to ask, how to does the assam paste last if i just refrigerated it? would it be annoying to deal with frozen paste?

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