Spicy Dilis is commonly seen sold in variety stores across the Philippines. It is packaged in small plastic packets stapled on a thin cardboard and is considered as a snack by many a Filipino child. However, if one does not fancy eating this delicious treat that is, admittedly, kind of suspect because we are not sure where it is actually produced, then you can follow this spicy dilis recipe so that you can follow your craving. If made at home this could be partnered by beer or any liquor and is the perfect side dish for beer parties.
What makes spicy dilis a treat is the mixture of sweetness and the spiciness of all of the ingredients. The dilis is coated by a mixture of tomato sauce and sugar, mixed with chili powder and red chilies. It is recommended that one uses brown sugar in this spicy dilis recipe as the brown sugar has a more earthy and sweeter flavor into it. You can add or reduce the sugar or the other ingredients such as the chili powder depending on how sweet or spicy you want your spicy dilis to be.
SPICY DILIS RECIPE PREPARATION
An additional (but optional) ingredient is flour. The flour serves as the ingredient that makes the mixture of the chili powder and sugar more consistent; however, you can opt to skip this one. If you want to be more on the traditional side though, then you can add this up.
As for the garnishing, you can either use sesame seeds as what they do in other Southeast Asian countries, chopped fresh siling labuyo or dried chilis.
Spicy dilis, like most Filipino dishes is actually flexible in that it can be served as snack, as a side dish in celebrations or, given the right amount, can be served as a meal for lunch and dinner. Once it is served as a meal, partner it with rice and sprinkle with a bit of soy sauce to add another layer of flavor.
- 2 cups dried anchovies (dilis)
- 2 tablespoons banana ketchup
- 2 teaspoons hot chili sauce
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 cups cooking oil
- Heat a cooking pot and pour-in cooking oil.
- When the oil becomes hot, deep-fry the dried anchovies for 2 to 3 minutes or until the color turns light brown.
- Turn-off heat and remove the fried anchovies from the cooking pot. Set aside.
- Combine fried anchovies, ketchup, and hot chili sauce then mix well.
- Add brown sugar and mix until all the anchovies are coated.
- Heat the same cooking pot with the remaining cooking oil and fry the coated anchovies for 2 minutes or until the texture becomes crunchy but not burnt.
- Remove the anchovies and transfer to a serving plate.