Sambal Kacang(Peanut Sauce)

Sambal Kacang

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1-1/3 cups raw peanuts

2 cloves garlic, chopped

4 shallots, chopped

A thin slice of shrimp paste

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp brown sugar

1 tbsp dark soy sauce

1 cups water

1 tbsp juice of a lemon


Stir-fry the peanuts for 4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to drain in a colander, and leave to cool. Then pound or grind the nuts into a fine powder, using a blender, coffee grinder, or pestle and mortar. Discard the oil, except for 1 tablespoonful.

Crush the garlic, shallots and shrimp paste in a mortar with a little salt, and fry in the remaining oil for 1 minute. Add the chilli powder, sugar, soy sauce and water. Bring this to the boil, then add the ground peanuts. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce becomes thick; this should take about 8-10 minutes. Add  lemon juice and more soya sauce  if needed.

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