Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Indonesian Gado Gado Salad

This is Indonesia's staple food which I tasted in Bali... Its a mix of blanched vegetables and a peanut dressing.
Gado means "mixed" in Indonesian. Gado Gado is said to have originated in Jakarta and is the traditional food of Betawi, the original inhabitants of Indonesia.
The recipe i am posting is little bit different as i have put some of my flavours...
Indonesian Gado Gado Salad


For the Gado Gado sauce
1 tsp oil
100g peanut
5 red chillies
5 flakes garlic (chopped)
250ml coconut milk
50g jaggery (grated)
1 tbsp rice flour (dissolved in little water)

For the salad
8 broccoli florets
8 carrot slices  (blanched)
8 long green beans (cut into 5 cm long pieces, blanched)
8 tomato (blanched)
8 potato (blanched)
8 slices of cottage cheese (paneer)
8 cucumber slices
8 leaves lettuce leaves
salt to taste
white pepper powder

Mix all the vegetables in a bowl. add in the salt and the white pepper powder. keep it aside.

To make the Gado Gado sauce:

  • Heat the oil in a shallow pan, add the peanuts. stir-fry until well browned.
  • Add the red chillies and garlic and stir-fry for some more time.
  • When cool, blend with half of the coconut milk and jaggery in the food processor.
  • Stir the remaining coconut milk in and return the mixture to the pan.
  • Simmer on medium heat, stirring occasionally. cook until sauce is thick. (the surface should look oily)
  • Stir in the rice flour mixture, and simmer until bubbling (for about 5 minutes)
  • Remove from heat and set aside.
Arrange vegetables neatly in separate bowls or plates.

Serve topped with the Gado Gado sauce.

Twist in the taste:
You can serve this slices of boiled eggs.

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