Inabraw is a Filipino dish composed of different kinds of vegetables and fish. It is also known as dinengdeng. The vegetables used are usually the common veggies that can be grown in one’s Philippine backyard; these are string beans, bitter melon, tomato, okra, moringa (malunggay), jute leaves (saluyot), and eggplant. There are other vegetables that can be used aside from what I have mentioned. The fish can either be grilled or fried.
I made this version of inabraw using fried tilapia. I haven’t had fried fish in weeks, so I thought that this is a good opportunity for me to cook one. As for the vegetables, I went to the nearby grocery store to select the best veggies that are appropriate for this dish. Instead of bagoong Monamon, I used bagoong Balayan.
This dish is simple and easy to make. All you need to do is fry the fish and boil the veggies. My wife and I enjoy this with lime or calamansi. I top my warm white rice with inabraw along with a portion of the fried fish and then I squeeze a piece of lime on top. Yummy!
Try this Inabraw Recipe (Boiled Vegetables with Fried Fish in Anchovy Sauce). Enjoy!
- 1 whole tilapia, fried (get the recipe here)
- 2 large plum tomato,wedged
- 1 large yellow onion, wedged
- 2 thumbs ginger, sliced
- 12 pieces string beans, cut into 2 inch. length
- 3 to 4 pieces Indian eggplant, halved
- 6 to 8 pieces okra
- 1 cup jute leaves
- 1 medium bitter melon, cored and sliced
- 2 cups water
- ¼ cup bagoong balayan or bagoong monamon (anchovy sauce)
- Pour water in a pan or cooking pot. Let boil.
- Add the ginger, onion, and tomato. Cover and boil in medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes.
- Pour-in the anchovy sauce. Stir. Add the bitter melon, string beans, okra, and eggplant. Cover and cook for 8 to 12 minutes.
- Add the jute leaves. Stir and then add the fried fish on top. Cook for 3 minutes.
- Transfer to a serving plate. Serve with warm white rice and calamansi or lime.
- Share and enjoy!