I mentioned in my food glorious food post that I had learned how to make peanut sauce the traditional Indonesian way. Some of you have requested the recipe so here it is. There are more modern ways to make this now, like using a food processor to produce the paste, but here is the traditional way:
There are just a few ingredients needed, peanuts, chili, salt, lemon, garlic and sugar
step one: fry the peanuts in coconut oil until they are soft
step two: take the peanuts out of the pan, and place them on a stone mortar, together with the garlic and chili, crush them all together with the pestle until they become a fine texture
step three: squeeze lemon in water and add sugar then add this liquid to the peanut mix,to make a soft paste, the amount you add will depend on how liquid you like it
Serve in a bowl, this can be used for a dip with raw or cooked vegetables, tofu, sate or just about anything you like.