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Assam Pedas Pomfret Recipe

Assam Pedas, or literally “sour spicy,” is a classic Malaysian dish. Everyone has their own interpretation for this favorite dish and there are endless adaptations; suffice it to say, it’s sour, fiery hot, and tastes extraordinarily satisfying.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Malaysian
Keyword Assam Pedas Pomfret
Servings 4 people
Calories 213 kcal


  • 1 pomfret, 1/2 pound to 1 pound
  • 10 small okras
  • 1 tomato, cut into wedges
  • 1 teaspoon of fish curry powder
  • 2 sprigs of daun kesum, Vietnamese mint/Vietnames coriander
  • 5 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar/sugar
  • Salt to taste

Spice Paste:

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 stalk of lemongrass, white part only
  • 4 shallots
  • 8-10 dried chillies, depends how spicy you like
  • 1/2 tablespoon belacan, prawn paste

Tamarind Juice:

  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • Tamarind pulp, size of a small ping pong ball


  1. Pound the spice paste with mortar and pestle or grind them in a food processor. Set aside.

  2. Soak the tamarind pulp in warm water for 15 minutes. Squeeze the tamarind pulp constantly to extract the flavor into the water. Drain the pulp and save the tamarind juice.

  3. Heat oil and fry the spice paste for 2 minutes or until fragrant.

  4. Add the tamarind juice, fish curry powder and bring to boil.

  5. Add the tomato wedges, okras and daun kesom and bring to boil.

  6. Add the fish, salt, and palm sugar/sugar.

  7. Simmer on low heat for 5 minutes or until the fish is cooked.

  8. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts
Assam Pedas Pomfret Recipe
Amount Per Serving (4 people)
Calories 213 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 84mg4%
Potassium 283mg8%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 770IU15%
Vitamin C 13.7mg17%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.