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sudanese salad ( karedok )

50 gr/2 oz long bean, cut into 0.5 cm length
2 white cabbage leaves, finely shredded
100 gr/3.5 oz beansprouts, brown ends discarded
3 small green round aubergines / eggplants, quartered, finely sliced
100 gr/3.5 oz cucumber, quartered, finely sliced
A handfull of indonesian basil leaves / kemangi
50 ml/2 fl.oz vegetable oil

100 gr/3.5 oz roasted peanut, blended
3 small red chillies / birds chillies,
1 large red chilli, chopped
2 cm kencur (lesser Galangale) or 1/4 tsp kencur powder
1/2 cm  hard shrimp paste / terasi
1 tbsp thick tamarind water (1 tsp tamarind pulp soak in 1 tbsp water)
1 tsp brown / palm sugar
1/2 tsp salt
50 ml/2 fl.oz hot water


Peanut Dressing: Grind the chillies, kencur and dried shrimp paste in a mortar or grinding stone untill fine.
Add the tamarind water, brown sugar, roasted peanut and grind all together untill smooth.
( Other alternative: Put the mentioned above ingredients in a blender and blend untill smooth).
Transfer in a bowl, add the hot water a little bit at a time, stir and mix them well with a spoon.
Ensure you have a smooth thick sauce at the end. Add sugar and salt to taste.
For vegetables: Wash and cut as required, mix them well.
Put the mixed vegetables in a serving dish. Pour the peanut dressing over them. Mix them well.
Garnish with basil leaves and serve with rice and kerupuk ( shrimp crackers) if you preferred.

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