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Monday, September 1, 2008

Peanuts & Ikan Bilis Sambal

This is a must do menu in Ramadhan and my children already reminded me a week before start of the fasting month. They love to eat this with white rice particularly during Sahur. It also reminded me that my mum used to make this for me during my study time. She express mailed to UK during my exam time as she worried I may not have time to eat properly. She continued mailing this to me even after I got married when my kids were small. Now my children are grown up and she need not worry about me anymore. However, I still miss the one made by her.....

This can last several weeks if kept in an airtight container.

250g Ikan Bilis (local anchovies)
250g Peanuts
1/2 cup Oil
1 cup Chilli Paste
10 Shallots*
1 tbsp Belachan* (* pounded)
1 tsp Tamarind - add water to squeeze juice
2 tsp Sugar
Salt & MSG to taste

1. Deep fry Peanuts until crispy. Put aside.
Deep fry Ikan Bilis until crispy. Put aside.

2. Heat up oil & fry chilli paste & pounded ingredients until fragrant.
Add in tamarind juice, salt, sugar & MSG.
Cook until sambal is dry.
Add in fried Ikan Bilis & peanut & mix well.

3. Cool and store in an air-tight container to ensure peanut & Ikan Bilis remain crispy.
Can be served with white rice or bread.

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