I’m not sure how I was introduced to spicy food. Growing up I didn’t eat a lot of spicy food, nor was my family that adventurous when it came time to eat out. Sure we visited the local Chinese restaurant from time to time, but I recall only ordering mild dishes – such as omelettes or sweet and sour chicken.
But over the years I’ve really come to love spicy food. Perhaps it was the time we spent in Thailand, or having a partner who is definitely adventurous when eating out? Needless to say, aside from a rather random aversion during my pregnancy with Charlotte, I now tend to lean in favour of ‘hotter’ rather than milder, so much so that I will sprinkle chilli flakes on just about anything.
So when I had a hankering for peanut sauce the other day, I couldn’t resist adding a good amount of chilli to the mixture. Resulting in a rather spicy peanut sauce, that was hot and flavoursome but still a little sweet. And not to mention being super easy to make and void of lots of the nasties that you tend to find in jarred sauces.
On this particular occasion we used the sauce to jazz up a tofu / vegetable stir-fry – but you could use it in so many other ways. A dipping sauce for chicken skewers comes to mind…
And you could easily tweak the recipe to make it milder, if that’s your preference, or add more chilli If you wanted it even hotter!
Spicy Peanut Sauce
- 3/4 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts
- 2 tbs kejap manis
- 2 tbs hot chilli sauce
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- zest and juice of half a lime
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- Process all ingredients (except for the water) until almost smooth.
- Add water, a little at a time, until the desired consistency is reached.