How To Make Peanut Sauce for Satay

The following traditional Indonesian recipe for the sauce, also called Sambal Kacang (”kacang” meaning ”nut” in native Malay language) uses fresh roasted peanuts and tastes great with Satay. This popular dipping sauce, also known as Bumbu Satay, is also used as a dressing for Gadogado, which is a warmed mixed vegetable salad.

There are many different recipes and versions or variations of this peanut sauce, most of them involving the use of peanut butter and or coconut milk, cilantro or curry. Other ingredients also used are coriander seed, cumin seed, kencur, lemongrassetc.

Coconut milk givesthe saucethat extra richness, but ignore recipes that call for using peanut butter. Sure, it’s convenient, but the flavor can not come close to that of freshly roasted crushed peanuts.1 cup raw peanuts with their reddish inner skins3 cups hot water24 large red chilies3 shallots2 cloves garlic 1 thumbsize piece galangal or ginger, peeled and sliced1/2 tsp shrimp paste1 tsp brown sugar2 tbsp tamarind paste or lime juiceSalt to taste2 tbsp cooking oil