Pallu Basa Recipe (Makassar Fish Soup)

Pallu Basa is a traditional fish soup dish that comes from Makassar, South Sulawesi. It is made with a variety of fresh fish and spices that create a rich and flavorful broth. In this recipe, we'll show you how to make Pallu Basa at home.

  • 1 lb of fish (such as snapper or barramundi), cut into pieces
  • 1 lb of fish heads and bones
  • 1/2 cup of rice flour
  • 2 tbsp of cooking oil
  • 2 stalks of lemongrass, bruised
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 inch of ginger, grated
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp of coriander powder
  • 2 tsp of cumin powder
  • 1 tsp of turmeric powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Sambal, to serve (optional)
  • Lime wedges, to serve (optional)
  • Fried shallots, to serve (optional)

In a large pot, bring 8 cups of water to a boil.
  • Add the fish heads and bones to the pot and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until they have released their flavors into the broth.
  • Remove the fish heads and bones from the pot and set them aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix the rice flour with 1/2 cup of water until it forms a smooth paste.
  • Add the rice flour paste to the pot and stir to combine with the broth.
  • In a separate pan, heat the cooking oil over medium heat.
  • Add the lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, ginger, and garlic to the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add the coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, salt, and pepper to the pan and stir to combine.
  • Add the spice mixture to the pot with the broth and stir to combine.
  • Add the fish pieces to the pot and let the soup simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through.
  • Serve the Pallu Basa hot, topped with sambal, lime wedges, and fried shallots if desired.
Pallu Basa is a delicious and comforting fish soup that is perfect for a chilly evening. With this recipe, you can recreate the flavors of Makassar at home. Give it a try and let us know how it turned out!

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