Palumara ulu juku is a savoury light turmeric-based fish (head) soup that not really popular in Indonesia. Palumara in Makassar natives language refers to a soup dish while ulu juku means fish head. Palumara is a light and refreshing turmeric based fish soup with a pleasant hot, spicy, and tangy broth but not as kickin as Fish Head Asam Laksa (Malaysian Spicy and Sour Noodle Soup with Grouper Fish Head). Palumara is a popular soup across southern Sulawesi (Celebes) island, especially in Makasaar and Palu. Palumara ulu juku origin is not really known, but it well know as ikan kuah kuning or yellowish turmeric-based broth fish soup.
This spicy red snapper fish basic broth seasoning was chilli, garlic and shallot. Asam jawa (tamarind) paste and sometimes belimbing wuluh (bilimbi) or asam potong (garcinia) added to give a tangy or sour after taste. Kunyit (turmeric) root and leaves is one of the most important ingredients for palumara broth,it gives vivid yellow color and nice scent to melt down the fishy after taste from the broth. Since palumara fish soup recipe is not contain any coconut milk like Gulai Ikan (Indonesian Fish Curry) and Woku Ikan Belanga Khas Manado (Manadonese Spicy Fish Curry Soup).The creamy flavour of palumara ulu juku is purely derived from grounded kemiri (candle nut). You can sautee the spice paste before adding the water if you like, but eversince i concern about my weight issue, i prefer not using any oil within this recipe. That’s why all the ingredientswithin this recipe is simply boiled.
Resep palumara usually using ikan kakap (red snapper), but ikan bandeng (milk fish), ikan ekor kuning (yellowtail) and also ikan kerapu (grouper) is commonly used too. Palumara ulu juku using a rather a large fish head, the caltilagous bone and also soft tissues in the head that slowly simmered in the spicy broth released it’s collagen and made a rich and naturally savoury broth. This made palumara ulu juku fish soup is special, just perfect to serve in a rainy days from october to march in Indonesia.
Palumara ulu juku or spicy red snapper fish soup is a very healthy, refreshing, low in calories but contain essestial protein and amino acid and the most important thing it’s tasty. Light broth fish soup with many herbs and spice infussion is an Indonesian signture. My asian descent taste buds like almost anyting as long it’s tasty, spicy and preferly hot. Note that tangy or sour is mostly pleasant flavour for any seafood too, including this fish soup.
Resep Palumara Ulu Juku :
(Spicy Red Snapper Fish Soup Recipe with Tomato, Chilli, Tamrind, Lemongrass and Turmeric-based Seasoning)
- 1 kg whole red snapper fish/or the head (ikan kakap merah), cut into pieces
- 2 tbsp lime juice (air jeruk nipis) for marinade the fish
- 6 shallots (bawang merah), thinly slice
- 6 cloves garlic (bawang putih)
- 2 tomato (tomat), diced
- 6 red cayenne chilli pepper (cabe merah), crosswisely sliced
- 3 green cayenne chilli pepper (cabe hijau), crosswisely sliced
- 1 tbsp tamarind paste (asam jawa)
- 1 bilimbi (belimbing wuluh), crosswisely sliced
- 1 turmeric leaf (daun kunyit), tide up or thinly slice
- salt, sugar, white pepper to taste
- 2 L water (air)
Bumbu Palumara (Spice paste):
- 3 shallots (bawang merah)
- 2 cloves garlic (bawang putih)
- 2 lemongrass, only using the soft white inner part (sereh)
- 3 cm turmeric (kunyit)
- 2 cm ginger (jahe)
- 3 candle nuts (kemiri)
- Season red snapper fish with salt and lime juice, let it marinade 30 minutes on fridge, set aside, drained
- Bring the spice paste, water and all the rest of the ingredients (instead the fish) to boil
- Once the mixture is boiling, add the red snapper fish, bring it to boil again, season with salt, saugar and white peppercorn
- Simmer and let the broth thicken for about 10-15 minutes
- Served with daun kemangi (lemon basil leaves)