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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Terong Balado / Eggplants in Spicy Balado Sauce

Indonesian people love spicy foods, and Terong Balado (Eggplants in Balado Hot Sauce) is one of the most popular dish. You practically can cook a lot of different dishes with balado sauce, and since I love eggplant, I made this terong balado. And by adding the fried anchovy, it add the taste & texture contrast to the dish.   This is what I cooked tonight for the dinner, and hubby loves it :D

Ps. For me, this is a medium spicy, put more or less red jalapeno and bird eye chili according to your personal taste.

3 big eggplants
a handful of dry anchovies (ikan teri)
Olive oil

Sauce Ingredients A ---> blend all the ingredients in food processor
5 red jalapeno (cabe besar)
2 bird eye chili (cabe rawit)
6 shallots
5 garlics
1 ripe tomato

Sauce Ingredients B
1 lime
salt & sugar 

Cooking Method,
1. Cut the eggplants into 4, then halves them. 
2. Deep fried the anchovies, then put them on top of paper towel to absorb the excess oil .
3. Deep friend the eggplants,  then put them on top of paper towel to absorb the excess oil .
4. Put the "Sauce Ingredients A" into the food processor, blend them well.
5. Heat a pan, put some olive oil in it, wait until the oil get hot, then pour the sauce and fry until they get fragrant.
6. Add some salt and sugar to the sauce. I use the same amount 1:1
7. Squeeze the lemon into the sizzling sauce, mixed them well.
8. Add the fried eggplants into the sauce, mixed them well.
9. Garnish the ready food with the fried anchovy. 
10. And as always, Indonesian dish is best served with steamed hot rice.



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