Prawn sambal


Pungent and spicy, Malaysian prawn sambal makes a moreish snack or, when served with coconut rice, a satisfying meal. It's traditionally served with crisp-fried dried anchovies and peanuts for crunch, although it's just as good served simply with cooling cucumber and soft-boiled eggs.

You'll need

To serve: dried anchovies (ikan bilis) and peanuts To serve: soft-boiled eggs (optional), halved, and thickly sliced Lebanese cucumber   Prawn sambal 15 gm galangal, coarsely chopped 10 gm fresh turmeric, coarsely chopped 2 red or golden shallots, coarsely chopped 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped 4 red birdseye chillies, coarsely chopped, or to taste 2 small dried red chillies, coarsely chopped 1 lemongrass stalk (white part only), coarsely chopped 2 tbsp grapeseed or vegetable oil 1 tbsp belacan (see note) 1 tbsp tamarind paste 1 tbsp caster sugar To taste: soy sauce and lime juice 500 gm medium uncooked prawns, peeled, deveined, tails intact

Method

  • 01
  • For prawn sambal, process galangal, turmeric, shallots, garlic, chillies and lemongrass in a small food processor to a paste. Heat oil in a wok or large frying pan, add spice paste and stir-fry until fragrant, adding belacan and tamarind paste in the last 5 minutes of cooking (8-10 minutes). Add 80ml boiling water, adjust seasoning to taste with sugar, soy sauce and lime juice, add prawns and stir occasionally until cooked through (2-4 minutes). Serve hot scattered with ikan bilis and peanuts, and topped with soft-boiled eggs and cucumber.

Note Belacan is a shrimp paste available from Asian grocers.


At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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  • Serves 4 people

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