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Sardines in Tomato sauce, a classic out of a can, By: Erna Dyanty

Sardines in Tomato Sauce: a Cook’s Survival Kit

By: Erna Dyanty


Sardines in Tomato sauce, a classic out of a can, By: Erna Dyanty

Sardines in Tomato sauce, a classic out of a can, By: Erna Dyanty

When I first started to cook, one of the recipes my father taught me was how to cook a can of sardines. He says it’s a cooks’ survival kit. If you want to know if a person can cook, you try their sardines cooked in tomato sauce. This fish in a can is great to eat with rice or even taken straight out of the can with a squeeze of lime dunked with bread.


Here’s a simple yet very delicious recipe to whip that can of sardine into a family favourite – guaranteed to stay on your menu. Great served with steamy rice or simply dipped with bread and done in 15 minutes!


Sardines cooked in Tomato Sauce

Ingredients:

1 can medium can of sardine in tomato sauce

1 large onion (quartered)

2 garlic – (sliced)

1 large tomato – (quartered)

2 large green chilis – (halved)

3 tbspn of tamarind juice

Salt and sugar to taste

3 tbspn of cooking oil

water


How to make Sardines in Tomato Sauce:

1) Heat the oil and sauté the onions until slightly softened.

2) Add the can of sardines. Add to it about 3 tbspn of water and let it simmer for 2 minutes.

3) Once the sauce has thickened slightly, add the chilli and tomatoes till softened.

4) Season the sauce with salt and sugar to taste.

5) Add the tamarind juice 1 spoon at a time and taste in between. Your sauce should not taste too sour, the tamarind should give your sardine sauce a rounded flavour that balances the salt and sugar.

6) Ready to serve with rice or dipped with bread.


Optional: If you do not have tamarind juice, you can use kasturi lime juice as a substitute.




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