Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Wild Fern Shoots In Spicy Coconut Gravy

Wild fern shoots is one of the Malaysian favourite green other than sweet potato leaves, cassava leaves & green bean leaves. It's cheap or even free if you know where to get them. Most importantly they're chemical free. I normally buy this from the farmers' market. The only thing I don't like about it, is the cleaning job. See below....

HOW TO CLEAN & PICK FERN SHOOTS :
(1) try to start from the bottom, from breaking it step by step.
(2) only take the breakable top part, discard the rest.
(3) then halves or even quarter them till you get really thin stem.
(4) finally, wash and rinse with clean water.
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And the following is my favourite fern shoot dish, 'pucuk paku masak lemak' !
'Pucuk Paku' ~ wild fern shoots
'masak lemak' ~ cooked in creamy coconut gravy


Ingredients :
600gm cleaned wild fern shoots
1-1/2 cups water
1/2 cup coconut milk
salt to taste

Pounded paste :
3 shallots
3 cloves garlic
a few slices fresh ginger
4 bird eyes chillies
1/2 tspn turmeric powder (or fresh turmeric)
handful of dried shrimps, soaked (optional)

Method :
(1) preheat frying pan with enough cooking oil.
(2) add in pounded ingredients and saute untill fragrant.
(3) add in water and salt, bring to boil.
(4) place in the clean fern shoots and cook for about 2 mins.
(5) finally, add in coconut milk and cook for another 2 mins.
(6) off the heat, once the fern shoots became tender.

Are you salivating? :o) Well.... I am !

Guess, hubby will be very happy if I made this every week ! He enjoyed this kind of village cuisine very much. Hubby also like having 'Nangka masak lemak dengan ikan masin', meaning young jackfruit cooked in spicy coconut gravy with salted fish. Sorry honey, I think you better eat that at the food stall! hehe....

I'm sending this to 3 Hungry Tummies @ Muhibbah Malaysian Monday.

29 comments:

Small Kucing said...

I like this dish but very lazy to clean the fern LOL

Zoe said...

The coconut gravy look really good. I can have all this dish just with plain rice.

penny aka jeroxie said...

I eat this when I go back home... it is very kampung. the way i like it.

dinewithleny said...

Woah pucuk paku...I love them but can't get them here....=(...looks really good...I can just imagine how good it will taste. D gravy and rice....yummm

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I wonder if our ferns are edible? I am intrigued though by you saying you eat sweet potato leaves. I grow them during summer but did not know I could eat the leaves!! Diane

MaryMoh said...

Oooh...my favourite vegetables. I remember it grew wild at our backyard when I was young. We had it so often and never got fed up of it. May be you can plant them, too. Freshly plucked ones are really delicious. Hope you have a wonderful day.

Pegasuslegend said...

you always make things looks so fresh in your picture great veggie here!

Nammi said...

ooooooooooh finally I tried to cook these once but the stems ended up all hard and was kinda hard to eat, looks delicious and thanks for showing how to clean it , have a nice day!!!

Cathy said...

You prepare the most interesting and beautiful dishes, Kristy. I occasionally see young fiddlehead ferns on local menus but never anything quite like this with a lovely coconut gravy. I would love to try this dish.

Jess @ Bakericious said...

the gravy looks like green curry heeheehee...

ICook4Fun said...

I wish I can get sayur paku here. I miss this dish a lot. The love the way you cook this, with santan and dried shrimps :)

hasegawa maya said...

i always got chance to eat paku in here(sarawak), they're nice!!

Lyndsey said...

Sounds wonderful! I have many wild ferns growing in my backyard! Hehe! The coconut gravy is a must, looks yummy.

5 Star Foodie said...

These look very healthy and delicious, nice flavors with coconut gravy!

Dimah said...

Looks healthy and delicious!

tigerfish said...

Must be quite a lot of work to clean and prep the veggies...something I can't tolerate too. :O

Bridgett said...

Wow, I wish I knew where to find fern shoots where I live as this looks so interesting. You are so creative in your dishes.

Claudia said...

Wow Kristy - fern pop up in my backyard every year - but I never thought about pulling them and eating them. I love them - to look at! Nice braising with the spices and cocounut milk.

Alice Law said...

Ohhh... this is my mom's favourite dish!(specially if it's spicy hot with bird eyes chillies)!^-^

keep well and have a nice day!

Indie.Tea said...

Fern shoots, I've never seen those (well, maybe on a fern plant?). The dish looks so deliciously green - and healthy.

Angie's Recipes said...

Not sure I have eaten or seen fern shoots before...but I love all kinds of veggies.

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

I don't think I've ever had fern shoots. Thanks for all the info! The dish sounds wonderful!

lena said...

yes, salivating!! Must also add more chilli padi. I have trouble differentiating between the young and the old shoots, sometimes i ended up buying the old ones and left very little for cooking, therefore i only buy from those regular sellers. btw, isnt the host for MMM this month is shaz?

My Little Space said...

mama kucing : Ya, very leceh huh!

Zoe : This dish really making everyone out there home sick. LOL! :o)

Penny : So, when are you going home?

Leny : Haha... home sick already huh!

Diane : These are fiddlehead ferns and it's edible. Sweet potato leaves are great to our body. It helps to lower down the high blood pressure readings!

Mary : Did you take this on your last trip back home?

Claudia : Thank you very much!

Nammi : You're welcome. Hope you will like it!

Cathy : Thank you for your lovely words. I'm glad you like it too. You can always omit the chili if you prefer less spicy.

Jess : Miss you! Will hop over in a minute. The site has been running slow here.

Gert : Oh Cathy from Oregon just mentioned about it. They actually have this over her area.

Maya : Lucky you,dear.

Lyndz : But make sure it's not poisonous. LOL! Those edible ones are fiddlehead fern shoots! Frankly, I don't know how to pick either. haha...

Nat : I hope you got the chance to try this too!

Dimah : Thank you very much, dear!

tigerfish : I used to think the same thing too when I was younger. But I am loving it now and willing to put my hands on. haha....

Bridgett : Hi sweetie, hope you're doing well & in good health! Glad to see you around.

Claudia : Are you sure those are edible ones? Or maybe you can try them this year! :o)

Alice : I have eaten too much chillies these few weeks causing my stomach cramp! And fall sick for the past 2 days.

Indie : Now, you did!

Angie : I'm sure you will like this!

Andrea : Maybe one day! :o)

Lena : WE're learning everyday!Don't worry about the MMM. Suresh will send them over to Shaz for this old lady. Haha...

Thank you everyone for spending you time here with me. Hope you're having a fabulous time & have a great day!

Blessings, Kristy

My Little Space said...

mama kucing : Ya, very leceh huh!

Zoe : This dish really making everyone out there home sick. LOL! :o)

Penny : So, when are you going home?

Leny : Haha... home sick already huh!

Diane : These are fiddlehead ferns and it's edible. Sweet potato leaves are great to our body. It helps to lower down the high blood pressure readings!

Mary : Did you take this on your last trip back home?

Claudia : Thank you very much!

Nammi : You're welcome. Hope you will like it!

Cathy : Thank you for your lovely words. I'm glad you like it too. You can always omit the chili if you prefer less spicy.

Jess : Miss you! Will hop over in a minute. The site has been running slow here.

Gert : Oh Cathy from Oregon just mentioned about it. They actually have this over her area.

Maya : Lucky you,dear.

Lyndz : But make sure it's not poisonous. LOL! Those edible ones are fiddlehead fern shoots! Frankly, I don't know how to pick either. haha...

Nat : I hope you got the chance to try this too!

Dimah : Thank you very much, dear!

tigerfish : I used to think the same thing too when I was younger. But I am loving it now and willing to put my hands on. haha....

Bridgett : Hi sweetie, hope you're doing well & in good health! Glad to see you around.

Claudia : Are you sure those are edible ones? Or maybe you can try them this year! :o)

Alice : I have eaten too much chillies these few weeks causing my stomach cramp! And fall sick for the past 2 days.

Indie : Now, you did!

Angie : I'm sure you will like this!

Andrea : Maybe one day! :o)

Lena : WE're learning everyday!Don't worry about the MMM. Suresh will send them over to Shaz for this old lady. Haha...

Thank you everyone for spending you time here with me. Hope you're having a fabulous time & have a great day!

Blessings, Kristy

Alice Law said...

hi Kristy! I'm sorry to hear that you were unwell, hope you has gone back to your usual self! Keep well and take care!

denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

Wow! I also love makanan kampung! Long time no eat *sigh* Hard to find this sort of food outside the home in Singapore now. When I was a teenager, my cousins and I would go around the kampung picking pucuk paku, sweet potato leaves and daun turi to cook - even the coconuts were free LOL So much fun, so tasty and like you said - pesticide free!!! Miss my carefree youth....

My Little Space said...

Alice : Thank you very much for your concern. I am fine now. I got free medicine from my nearby hospital. lol.

Denise : Oh yes, everything seems free when we were little. haha... We even go to pick rambutans, mangoes, ciku, jambu, pandan leaves, turmeric leaves, lemongrass.... from our neighbourhood for free but I never like ciku. Play ground for free too....climbing trees is the best part! Just think of that. Mine (chemical) not only meaning pesticide but included fertilizer!

Thanks ladies for stopping by. Hope you're having a lovely day.

Cheers, Kristy

shaz said...

Ah, this makes me homesick. I miss pucuk paku and sweet potato leaves (my favourite). Haven't been able to find them yet but I'm probably not looking in the right places :)

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