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How to Cook Ginataang Dilis (Anchovies in Coconut Milk)

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Fish Recipe
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 6 pcs
Author: Manny


  • 1/2 kilo fresh small anchovies dilis
  • 1 1/2 cups grated young coconut
  • 1 medium sized onion minced
  • 1 tsp. MSG or vetsin
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. ginger minced
  • 3 to 4 green finger chili pepper siling haba
  • 2 Tbsp. salt
  • 5 to 6 large wilted taro root leaves or gabi leaves
  • 1 cup thick coconut milk 1st extract
  • 1 cup thin coconut milk 2nd extract


    How to cook Ginataang Dilis

    • Cut off dilis head. Wash and drain. Combine dilis, grated young coconut, onion, garlic, ginger and green pepper (mince or slice pepper if you want it a hot and spicy dish).
    • Season with salt and MSG.
    • Wrap 2-3 tablespoons mixture in gabi leaves. Form into squares or rectangles. Tie with a string.
    • Arrange wrapped mixture in a pan, pour in thin coconut milk.
    • Cover and let boil for a while then lower heat and simmer until cream is reduced into half.
    • Add the thick coconut milk. Simmer again until thickens and oil comes out.
    • Then, it is ready to serve.