Dilis Sinuwaan (Anchovies in Coconut Milk)

This is a coconut milk based dish from Bicol Region V. Fresh anchovies are cooked in coconut milk and wrapped in taro leaves. Basically the preparation of fresh anchovies is washing it in running water and the innards intact since they are so small it is tedious to remove the gills and innards. But you can remove the head and it is easy to remove the innards as well.



12 gabi leaves
300 grams fresh dilis (anchovies)
6 pieces green pepper, cut into strips
2/3 cup pure coconut milk diluted with 1 and 2/3 cups water
3 Tbsp. vinegar
1 tsp. salt
1 small piece crushed ginger


How to cook dilis sinuwaan:

  • Wrap 2 tablespoons dilis in gabi leaves. Follow the same procedure with the rest of the dilis.
  • Tie the remaining leaves in knots and line them in the bottom of a cooking pan.
  • Add pepper, coconut milk, vinegar, salt and ginger.
  • Place the wrapped dilis on top and let boil for 45 minutes . Six servings.


Dilis Sinuwaan