For many years, I have abstained myself from taking any dish with canned sardine. But that had changed ever since I have tasted a fantastic recipe cooked by our chef in my previous workplace.
For the recipe below, I had used canned sardine in tomato sauce and lemon juice to get rid of its unpleasant smell. It turned out fabulous and quite pleasing to our palate though it can't never be the same from what I had tasted before. You may discard the sauce and use only the fish but this is personal choice.
They are great serve with rice, paratha, naan or bread.
Servings : 3-4
1 tall can sardine in tomato sauce
3 cloves garlic minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
5 shallots chopped
1 big onion sliced
1 stalk lemon grass smashed
2 tomato chopped
salt and sugar to taste
2 tablespoons oil
Heat the oil, saute the shallots , lemon grass and garlic until fragrant.
Add in tomato and salt, cook until tomato turns soft.
Now add the chili powder and turmeric powder, stir for 2 minutes.
Add the sardine together with half of its sauce (if using) and sugar, stir for a minute, remove from heat.
Add in the big onion and lemon juice, serve hot.