Indonesian Egg Sambal

Indonesian Egg Sambal

Serves 4-6


4 eggs
3 tablespoons peanut oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
1/2 teaspoon dried shrimp paste
1 tablespoon sambal ulek or chopped red chillies
1 teaspoon finely chopped galangal, fresh or bottled
6 candle nuts or macadamia nuts, finely grated or pounded
2 teaspoons palm sugar
125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup coconut milk
salt to taste
2 tablespoons lime or lemon juice

Have eggs at room temperature or gently warm them in tepid water before cooking them.
Stir for the first few minutes so yolks are centred, then simmer for 8 minutes. Cool in a bowl of cold water. Shell eggs and halve lengthways.
Heat oil and fry onion and garlic until onion is soft and golden. Add shrimp paste, sambal, galangal and nuts and fry, stirring, until fragrant. Add palm sugar, coconut milk, salt and lime juice and simmer, stirring frequently, until oil shines on surface. Put in eggs, spooning sauce over.

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