Sambal Udang (Spicy Prawns)

Ingredients :

1 lb med to large-sized prawns or shrimp, shelled or un-shelled
4 tbsp peanut or vegetable oil
1 large onion, sliced
2 ripe tomatoes, quartered
1 tbsp tamarind paste
1 cup water
1-2 tsp palm sugar or dark brown sugar
8 shallots
2 tsp belacan, also spelt belachan or blacan [dried shrimp paste]
4 cloves garlic
5 tbsp chili paste
4 candlenuts [buah keras/kemiri nuts] [Substitute: macadamia nuts]

Directions :

In a small bowl, mix tamarind paste and water using your fingers, strain, discard seeds, set aside
Using a mortar & pestle or blender, grind shallots, garlic, belacan, candlenuts, chili paste into a paste
Heat wok on high, add oil, stir-fry ground paste till quite toasted and oil starts to ooze, about 5 mins
Add onions, tomatoes, tamarind, sugar, salt to taste
Cover, reduce heat to med, simmer till tomatoes are well stewed [mash with spatula] and sauce thickens
Add prawns, stir-fry until just opaque – do not overcook!
Dish onto serving plate, allow to sit 10 mins or so, for prawns to absorb flavors
Serve with steamed rice or Nasi Lemak [Coconut Rice]

Source : malaysianfood

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