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Cakalang Pampis

Recipe by: Pepy Nasution

Cakalang Pampis is a traditional Indonesian dish that consists of shredded, broiled Skipjack (Skipjack is known as Cakalang in Bahasa Indonesia). This specially prepared tuna is then either served with rice or used as filling for panadas to create delicious pasty-like snacks.

What you'll need

Ingredients Quantity
Skipjack (broiled as the best option or canned) 200 grams
Pandan Leaf, finely sliced 1
Kaffir lime leaves, finely sliced 3
Lemon basil leaves, finely sliced 30
Dried oregano 1 teaspoon
Lemongrass stalks, crushed 2
Thick coconut milk 250 ml
Long, red cayenne peppers, diced 4
Birds Eye Chillies, diced Depends on desired spice level
Ginger, grated 3cm long piece
Shallots 5
Garlic cloves 2
Salt 1/2 teaspoon (or to taste)



1. In a pot bring coconut milk to a boil.

2. Add peppers, chillies, ginger, shallots, garlic cloves and salt and re-boil until bubbling.

3. Add cakalang, pandan, oregano and kaffir lime leaves. Let them cook for 10 minutes.

4. Add lemongrass and lemon basil.

5. Stir and cook until everything is dry.

6. Leave to cool if you want to use them for panada. Scoop over the warm cooked rice if you want to enjoy with rice.