Sambal petai is a popular Malay/Indonesian dish. This dish is like blue cheese or durian and is also nicknamed as “stinkbean” for its strong smell. You will either love it or dislike it as it has a unique pungent flavour. It is delicious to be cooked with sweet sambal tumis and prawns. Petai is also purported to help treat a few health conditions such as diabetes, blood, pressure, obesity, depression, constipation, hangovers, anaemia and PMS.
200gm dried anchovies (ikan bilis)
10 sator (petai)
6 shallots (sliced thinly)
2 garlic gloves (chopped thinly)
1 cup chili paste
2 tbs tamarind juice
1 tbs sugar
½ tsp salt
1. Wash the dried anchovies and allow it to dry on a kitchen towel.
2. Heat oil in the pan and fry the dried anchovies until crispy. Put aside.
3. Heat oil in a pan, add onion and garlic and cook for 3 minutes. Then add the chili paste stir-fry briefly for 10 minutes.
4. Add the tamarind juice, sugar & salt. Let it cook for another 5 minutes.
5. Add the fried anchovies and petai and cook for another 2 minutes. Serve with hot rice.
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