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Ginataang Tawilis with Curry

Translated for any foreigners who may stumble upon this site, tawilis cooked in coconut milk with curry. Tawilis is a fresh-water sardine that can be found nowhere else but in Taal Lake in the Province of Batangas.

At any rate, if you are feeling particularly lazy, this is one really good and tasty meal to do. It is so simple that somebody who has never cooked in his or her life can probably get this right.


¼ kilo tawilis
3-4 cloves garlic
1 ½ cup coconut milk
3-4 red chilis
½ teaspoon salt
pinch of ground black pepper
½ teaspoon curry powder

Rinse the tawilis well. There is no need to remove the innards or scales of the fish.

  1. Place all ingredients in a skillet or small pot.
  2. Place the skillet or pot on the stove and bring to a boil.
  3. Lower fire and simmer for no more than 2 minutes. It is important that you do not simmer for longer than recommended as the meat of the fish is very tender.
  4. Turn off the heat. That’s it! You’re ready to serve.
You may wish to use fish sauce (patis) instead of salt if you want the dish to have more bite. The curry is actually optional if you intend to do the more traditional ginataang tawilis. You may add more coconut milk if you your family loves to pour the sauce into the rice.

Makes 2-3 servings.

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