Sardine is an oily fish which is a great source of vitamins A, B12, D, E and is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. The bones of canned sardines are soft enough to be edible; these are a great source of calcium.


  • 1 Canned sardine in tomato sauce (425g)
  • 5 Dried chillies (5g)
  • 3 Slices Dried Sliced Tamarind, Garcinia atroviridis
  • 1 Stalk lemongrass
  • 3 Okra (ladies’ fingers)
  • ½ Eggplant
  • 1 onion
  • 1½ Tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp White vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 350g water


1 Cut dried chillies and soak with warm water until soften, remove as many seeds as possible. Rinse dried slices of tamarind, set aside.

1.1 Dried slices of Tamarind

2 Cut off the root and leaf of lemongrass, divide the stalk into 2-3 sections depending on the length of your lemongrass. Smash with the back of a heavy knife to release the zesty lemongrass flavor.

3 Wash and clean ladies’ finger (okra) and eggplant, cut into sections. Other vegetables such as tomato, long beans, etc. can be added.

3.1 Cut eggplant into sections

 Cut the onion in half lengthwise, slice away both ends and remove the skin. Wash the onion and cut into wedges, then separate the layers.

4.1 Cut onion into wedges and separate the layers.

5 Heat 1 and a half tablespoon of oil, add in the onion and stir fry until half cooked or half softened.

6 Add in dried chilies and lemongrass, stir fry for half minute on medium heat.

7 Pour in 1 canned sardine (425g), 350g water, 3 slices of dry tamarind, 3 okras (ladies’ fingers), ½ eggplant, ½ teaspoon turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon white vinegar. Bring it to the boil and simmer for 8 minutes.

8 Season with 1 tablespoon of sugar and ½ teaspoon of salt before serving.

Photo & Recipe credited to: My Kitchen 101

Ingredients used in this recipe

# Item Name Unit Quantity Price
1 Ladies' Fingers / Okra / Bendi ~250g 1 RM 4.15
2 Ayam B Sardines In Tomato Oval 425g 1 RM 11.20
3 Eggplant unit 1 RM 1.90
4 Vesawit Cooking Oil 500g 1 RM 4.70
5 Red Big Onion Pack ~800g 1 RM 4.15
6 MCCORMICK Black Pepper Ground 30g 1 RM 12.50
7 Lemongrass/Serai 3 pcs 1 RM 1.55
8 Faiza Blended Turmeric Powder 125g 1 RM 2.80
9 S&W Distilled White Vinegar 473mL 1 RM 6.51
10 Double Swallow Fine Salt 375g 1 RM 0.80
11 Prai Coarse Grain Sugar 1kg 1 RM 2.85
12 Penguin Asam Jawa 200g 1 RM 1.50
13 Aromatic Dried Chilli 100g 1 RM 3.95

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