Dagaa/Mukene/Omena (Dried Fish with Tomatoes)

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This is a traditional East African recipe for a classic stew of dried fish cooked in a tomato and onion sauce with chillies, garlic and coconut milk.
  • 900g Dagaa/mukene/omena
  • 450g tomatoes, cut into small wedges
  • 200g onions, coarsely chopped
  • 1 small hot chilli, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 600ml water
  • 600ml coconut milk
  • 60g butter
Dry-fry the fish in a non-stick pan until slightly browned. Meanwhile add the tomatoes, onions, chilli, garlic, water and coconut to a large pan. Bring to a boil then add the fried fish. Reduce to a simmer and cook until most of the water has been absorbed (make sure you only stir gently to avoid breaking-up the fish). Tip into a bowl add the butter and allow to melt slowly over the dish. Serve with boiled plantains, Ugali or rice.

Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Melanie on Mar 18, 2013

    Simply put, I want to try some new Thai recipes, but several call for coconut milk. I hate the smell and taste of coconut with a passion, so is there an alternative? What does it do-aside from flavour- and could I use normal milk? Or is there some sort of other nut-based liquid that does the job?

  2. posted by Jeffery Carlson on Mar 19, 2013

    Does anyone know why coconut milk is a saturated fat. Coconut is a fruit. Why is it bad for you? Thanks!

  3. posted by Ryan Z on Mar 19, 2013

    I bought betty crocker supermoist white cake mix. It calls for eggs oil and water. I want to substitute applesauce for the oil and Coconut milk for the water. I am going to puit Banana Strawberry and kiwi slices inbetween the layers frost it with vanilla frosting and decorate it with coconut flaks and strawberrys.

    Do you think that it will come out ok?????

  4. posted by norrin_shadowwolf on Mar 19, 2013

    I love Indian food, but many recipes call for coconut milk which I am allergic to. I can eat regular nuts and peanuts, but not coconuts. Any suggestions?

  5. posted by thexbox360player on Mar 21, 2013

    What should I use: coconut flakes, or coconut milk? What is healthier?

  6. posted by Malcolm Hudson on Mar 25, 2013

    I am looking to purchase tens of thousands and eventually hundreds of thousands of pounds of organic coconut milk powder for use in the United States, but it’s proving very hard to find suppliers. Pointers to domestic or overseas companies selling organic coconut milk powder would be very appreciated.

  7. posted by JimT on Mar 25, 2013

    My hair is pretty dry naturally and I am going to start putting coconut milk on my hair and scalp as a pre shampoo! How often should I?
    And I also put avocado oil in my hair and a bit on my scalp because my hair is dry, and is it okay to put this in everyday? Thank you for any help!

  8. posted by Caltel T on Mar 25, 2013

    I heard coconut water is really good for athletes and gives 15x more energy then gatorade :S is it the same with coconut milk ? If not where do you buy coconut water ?

  9. posted by Dr Hank on Mar 25, 2013

    Hi, I have a recipe calling for coconut milk and also grated dried unsweetened coconut. My local gorcery store only has the bagged sweetened coconut so I’m gonna make it myself from fresh coconuts. I can do the grated dried coconut becuz I have a dehydrater, but I’m not sure how to make the coconut milk. I know coconut milk is available canned in most grocery stores, but I couldn’t find it at my local grocery store either, so I’m gonna try and make some. Here’s some instructions I found online on how to make coconut milk. Can anyone that has made coconut milk before let me know if this is the correct way to make it? Also, in the directions it adds that coconut cream will be formed by making the coconut milk. If possible can you give a few dessert recipes or any other recipe(s) that call for coconut cream? Thanks!
    Oops I totally forgot to put the recipe in my answer. DUH Me! lol Here it is:
    Pierce the eyes of a fresh coconut, drain the liquid inside and place the coconut on a rack and bake in a 325F pre-heated oven for about 30 minutes.
    Remove the coconut from the oven, let it cool a bit and crack it with a hammer so that the shell breaks into several pieces.
    Remove all the coconut meat from the shell, peel off the brown skin and cut the meat into very small cubes.
    Place the meat in a blender, add hot water to just cover all of the meat and blend until finely grated.
    Place a sieve covered with cheese cloth over a bowl and pour the coconut meat and water into the sieve squeezing handfuls of the coconut meat to extract as much liquid as possible into the bowl.
    Discard the squeezed coconut meat and refrigerate the coconut milk that has been extracted into the bowl. Refrigerate the milk and use within 1 or 2 days.

  10. posted by Andre on Mar 26, 2013

    I bought a can of coconut milk and it is delicious and creamy. It seems more like coconut cream than milk. I was wondering if anyone has blended this with water to make a gallon of coconut milk? I like rice milk, but this might be even better.

  11. posted by diggn4richez on Mar 26, 2013

    I could drink gallons of the coconut water but I’m not very good at opening the coconut without spilling the water, I have tried the coconut milk from cans that you use for cooking but it tasted awful.
    Thanks in advance.

  12. posted by Dr Dorian on Mar 26, 2013

    At whole foods, it says for almond butter that it is 170 calories for 1/4 cup of almonds before crushed. How many tablespoons is this?

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