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Telur Petis Madura: Madurese Hard-Boiled Eggs in Preserved Fish Sauce

Telur Petis Madura: Madurese Hard-Boiled Eggs in Preserved Fish Sauce

  • Author: Nunuk Sri Rahayu
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Chicken & Poultry
  • Method: Boiling
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Halal


Telur petis Madura is a unique dish of hard-boiled eggs simmered in a sauce of petis, or preserved fish sauce, coconut milk, chillies, and a ton of herbs and spices.


  • 6 Hard boiled eggs, peeled
  • 4 curly red chillies (or 3 big red chillies), chopped
  • 6 shallots, peeled, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, pelled, chopped
  • 2 cm turmeric, peeled, chopped
  • 2 cm ginger, peeled, chopped
  • 1 lemongrass, use only the white part, bruised, cut into smaller pieces
  • 4 fingerroots, thinly sliced
  • 2 cm galangal, bruised
  • 1 salam leaf
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves
  • 4 tbsp petis, dilute with a little bit of water, set aside
  • 1 tbsp tamarind extract
  • 0.5 tsp white pepper powder
  • 65 ml instant coconut milk
  • 1 tsp palm sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • 200 ml water
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil


  1. Blend into fine paste: chillies, shallots, garlic, turmeric and ginger. Set aside.
  2. Heat the cooking oil in a wok over medium high heat, then fry the blended spices for around 2 minutes.
  3. Add lemongrass, fingerroots, galangal, salam leaf and kaffir lime leaves. Continue frying for another 3 minutes until fragrant.

    fry the blended spices

  4. Add petis and tamarind extract, stir.

    Add petis and tamarind extract

  5. Add white pepper powder, salt and sugar, then add water.

    Add petis and tamarind extract

  6. Add the hard boiled eggs, mix, and then add the coconut milk, stir well.

    Add the hard boiled eggs and coconut milk

  7. Cook until it boils, then reduce the heat to medium low. 
  8. Continue cooking until the sauce is reduced and thickened, around 15-20 minutes. 
  9. Transfer the dish to a serving bowl and serve immediately. 

    serve the telur petis madura immediately


  • Just remember to taste the dish before adding extra sugar to make sure the dish isn’t overly sweet. 

Keywords: Spicy, galangal, hard-boiled eggs, lemongrass