Cut the dried octopus in
lengths to fit into a deep saucepan. Soak the octopus in
water overnight and leave at room temperature. Cover the
container to avoid the dried octopus aroma from
permeating through the house.
Boil the dried octopus
for about 30-45 minutes or until the texture is very
soft and suitable for eating. Test with a small knife or
small skewer. Remove from boiling water and allow to
cool. With a very sharp knife cut into half cm pieces.
The thin pieces, cut into 1 cm lengths. Put aside. Some
people like to quickly stir fry the boiled octopus
pieces in a hot non-stick wok to impart a slightly
grilled flavour and texture to the dried octopus pieces.
If you like it that way, heat up a non stick wok and
stir fry without oil the boiled octopus pieces. Do this
very quickly and quickly remove the octopus pieces to
stop burning this precious ingredient. Transfer into a
bowl and set aside.
up two tablespoons of vegetable oil in a casserole pan
over medium to high heat. Stir fry the freshly crushed
garlic, ginger and finely chopped onion. When the onion
pieces become transparent, add the finely crushed
tomatoes and stir in 1 cup of hot water. Cover and allow
to simmer until the tomato sauce is blended with the
other ingredients. Stir at intervals to prevent the
sauce from sticking to the sauce pan. Add small
quantities of hot water if necessary to keep the sauce
liquid. Optional: add the finely chopped red chillies.
Quantity of chillies to your preference.
Add the slightly grilled octopus
pieces to the tomato sauce. Add the finely chopped
coriander leaves. Gently stir in and allow to simmer
over medium to low heat. Allow to cook until the octopus
pieces are softened to your preference. If the octopus
pieces do not soften enough, add small quantities of hot
water to further cook the octopus pieces in the sauce.
Adjust the sauce consistency to your preference by
either adding small quantities of hot water or simmer
uncovered to thicken the sauce. Add salt and pepper to
taste. Transfer to serving dish and decorate with
chopped coriander leaves.
Enjoy as an accompaniment
to other main courses with rice. Just delicious. Dried
octopus has this incredible flavour that is unique to
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