Gaeng Som Pla-Kod Yot-Maphrao (Sour Curry with Skinned Catfish and Coconut Palm Tip)

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Gaeng Som is made from vegetables, coconut palm tips and prawns, fish or crabs and it has a sour taste. Coconut palm tips are the main ingredient. They are the tender portion of the coconut tip and have a sweet, crisp taste. They are used in a variety of dishes, including this one.


Coconut palm tips are high in dietary fiber, moderate in calcium and phosphorus but low in calories. The coconut palm tip is a natural material without any toxins. Having the dish strengthens bones and teeth.


500 grams skinned catfish, cut into four pieces
2 cups sliced coconut palm tip (tender portion of the tip of coconut palm)
2 tbsp. palm sugar
¼ cup tamarind juice
3 tbsp. fish sauce
1 tbsp. lime juice

Ingredients for Sour Curry Paste
20 each bird eye chilies
1 pieces turmeric 2-inches long
4 each red shallots
15 each garlic cloves
2 tsp. shrimp paste
A pinch of salt


1. Pound together the bird eye chilies and salt. Add the rest of the spices and keep pounding until thoroughly mixed. Add the shrimp paste and pound until well mixed.
2. Boil water in a pot and add the sour curry paste.
3. Add the coconut tip make sure it well cooked. Add the skinned catfish. Wait for the liquid comes to a boil again.
4. Season with the palm sugar, fish sauce, tamarind juice and lime juice. Remove from the heat.