Wednesday, February 25, 2009


I am dedicating this entry to my blogger friend Lyana Mauseth. She wanted to know what Pecel Lele was.

This is the recipe for my mum’s famous Pecel Ikan Cencaru. It’s her version of Pecel LeLe – LeLe in Indonesian means Ikan Keli (catfish). She’s not too fond of Ikan Keli so that explains the substitute.


1 kilo of Ikan Cencaru

5 Shallots

3 cloves of garlic

200 grams of akar cekur

50 grams of ikan bilis (anchovies)

50 grams of cili padi (bird’s eye chillies)

Salt to taste.

One teaspoon of tamarind

Coconut milk from 2 coconuts.

The Ikan Cencaru need to be grilled first then deboned to obtain just the flesh.

The akar cekur are washed and scrubbed clean. The shallots and ikan bilis are deep fried first.

Place all of the ingredients you see in the photo below in a mortar and grind. Ingredients from clockwise – akar cekur, garlic, cili padi, fried ikan bilis and fried shallots.

Place the coconut milk in a pot.

Place the pot over the stove and put in the grinded ingredients.

Stir well and bring to a slight boil to thicken.

Once the gravy is thick, place in the pot the ikan cencaru flesh carefully as not to break them.

Allow to cook for another ten minutes, making sure the stove is on low heat as not to break the coconut milk (pecah santan as they say)

You can add terung bakar (grilled eggplant) as well or substitute it with the ikan cencaru if you wish.

One thing about this dish is that, you don’t need other fancy veges to accompany. Pecel is often best with just plain blanched veges. I guess kampong dishes are always simple, taking ingredients from your own gardens or orchid (kebun) and using the catch of the day, hence the simplicity.


  1. QM,

    Ayo ma..TQ...mana nak cari akar cekur tu but can try lah...mesti mak i bangga kalau i buat ni kan...TQ :D

  2. Lyana

    Daun cekur ni org indonesia suka pakai. Dia dalam kategori ulam gak. Bau wangi...dulu masa confinement, my mum buat kerabu sikit punya banyak dia taruk...buang angin katanya.

    Nak dapat biasanya kat area Selatan sebab dia sesuai hidup kat tanah gambut. I tanam sendiri dalam pasu (my parents bekalkan tanah gambut dan benih)

    Tapi tak dapat buat pun tak pa lah. Mana tau ada rezeki jumpa daun cekur ka...boleh try buat ;)