Sunday, April 17, 2011

Indonesian Style Blanched Veggies With Spicy Peanut Sauce (Pecel)

Another type of Indonesian salad besides gado gado. No, this is different from gado gado which many are familiar with - the difference is the vegetables used - same sauce used though
This is called 'pecel' in Indonesia - quite famous especially with Javanese people

My mum brought the sauce from Jakarta, only need to dilute with a little water for preparation
To eat with blanched spinach, beansprouts and cabbage
To eat with prawn crackers or any other type of crackers of your choice
For me, I like to eat this dish with a dash of sweet soya sauce (kecap manis)
Best eaten with hot rice

This is the recipe for the sauce:
(same as gado gado sauce)

500g fried peanut powder (can use store bought peanut powder - this one usually has been fried and mixed with sugar - taste first to make sure, in this case please omit sugar and no need to fry them)
5 large red chillies - blend (can use store bought blended red chillies, but this usually already mixed with salt - please taste to be sure, in this case please omit the salt)
5 cloves of garlic - blend
2 lime leaves
1 tbsp salt (if not using store bought red chillies which usually already mixed with salt, to be sure please taste the chillies first)
3 tbsps sugar
1 tbsp juice of large lime
1 litre water
a little oil

Heat oil in frying pan, stir fry garlic, chillies and lime leaves til fragrant
Add in water, mix well
Add in peanut, stir well, followed by salt, sugar when neccessary
Bring to boil til thicken and oil is visible at the sides of the pan, add in lime juice - stir well
Off heat

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