Indonesian Recipe for Mangut Lele – Good for Rainy Days!

As is typical for Pittsburgh in June, the weather is drizzly and a tad chilly today. Fortunately, we found this delicious recipe for Indonesian mangut lele – sure to warm up our stomachs and our palates!

          1 lb catfish

          1 Bay leaf

          6 Bird’s eye chilies

          1 tomato, sliced

          1 stalk lemongrass, crushed

          1 inch galangal root, crushed

          1 tbsp. sugar

          ½ cup lime juice

          Salt according to preference

Mixed Ingredients

          4 shallots

          3 garlic clvoes

          1 ½ cup coconut milk

          5 pecan nuts

          4 red chilies

          1 tsbsp. Cordiander

How To:

1.  in a large bowl, allow the catfish to briefly  marinate in the lime and salt mixture for several minutes  Then fry until the meat takes on a golden brown color

2. In a separate bowl, mix the shallots, cloves, coconut milk, pecans, chilies, and coriander. Once thoroughly mixed, put them into a separate pan to stir fry

3.  After several minutes, add galangal, bayleaf, and lemongrass. Cook until the mixtures give off a strong aroma.

4. Mix in tomatoes and chilies, stir well for several minutes.

5. Add in the coconut milk, salt and sugar, continually stirring the mixture

6. Put catfish into the marinade bowl, and stir until the mixture is boiling.


If you want to check out more Indonesian recipes or learn more about Indonesia, the following sites are a good start:

Indonesian Food Recipes (where today’s recipe came from):

Ikaray’s Kitchen:

National Portal of the Republic of Indonesia :

Embassy of Indonesia – Athens:



Try Indonesian Carp Soup to Warm You Up on Chilly Days

It’s an exceptionally chilly and drizzly day in Pittsburgh, so we thought that we should share some recipes that will fill your with warm, happiness, and a delicious seafood soup from Indonesia.


-1 ½ lb. carp, cleaned and chopped into five sections

– 1/8 cup ear mushroom, soaked and chopped

– 2 ½ cups water

3 tbsp. red onions, sliced

– 2tbsp. lime juice

– 1 tsbp garlic, sliced

– 1 tsp, turmeric

– 1 tbsp. chlies

– 1 tsp. salt

– 1 bay leaf

– 1 stalk crushsed lemongrass

– 2 cups rice


1.      In a mixing bowl, let the carp slices marintate with the lemon juice for about 10 minutes, or until the juice has thoroughly seeped into the cap.

2.      In a large pan, add water, mushroom, fish and spices. Boil until the fish is tender and the spices have thoroughly dissolved throughout the mixture.

3.      In a separate bowl, boi rice until it is fluffy and tender.

4.      Serve carp soup with a side dish of rice.

5.      Enjoy!

If you want to read more about Indonesian carp soup or more about Indonesia culture in general, the following sites are a good start:


Indonesian ( where today’s recipe came from):

 National Portal of the Republic of Indonesia ( Portal Nasional Republik Indonesia):

CNN Travel:

Wonderful Indonesia: Indonesia’s Official Tourism Website: :

How Many Languages are Spoken in Indonesia?

There are over 580 languages or dialects spoken in Indonesia, and 17,000 islands that comprise the nation. The official language, is Bhasa Indonesia, but Javanese, English and Dutch also have a high diaspora.

If you want to learn more about Indonesian language and culture, the sites below are a great start:

National Portal of the Republic of Indonesia:

National Geographic: