One good aspect about Indonesian food are the various vegetarian dishes that provide not only beautiful color decoration on your plate but also contribute to your overall health. I don’t know about you, but anything that tastes super tasty and is healthy for me, scores very highly in my book.
I’m going to share a lovely gluten free Indonesian recipe called Tempeh Sambal Goreng. It’s basically tempeh, a plant product that is high in protein content. Many Asian countries like to use tempeh as a protein in various dishes. I’d like to thank my dear cousin in The Netherlands for sharing this amazingly delicious recipe. It’s so delicious that you don’t even miss the meat! 😉
Ingredients (serves 2 people):
Step 1: Cut the Tempeh in little rectangular bars about ½ inch thick. Let them dry by air.
Step 2: Heat up oil in a pan or deep fryer. Deep fry the Tempeh in the hot oil to golden brown and let them dry on a piece of kitchen paper.
Step 3: Set aside the chopped onions, garlic and chilies
Step 4: Put the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until mixed into a paste. You can also use a mortar and pestle.
Step 5: Put spice paste in a wok or frying pan with a little oil. Stir until hot so that the flavors are released.
Step 6: Now add in the onions, garlic and chilies. Cook for 5 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add in ½ cup water.
Step 7: Add the deep fried Tempeh and mix well.
That’s it! All done. Just serve this beautiful dish over a mound of steaming rice and top it with fresh cilantro. You can serve it with your favorite vegetable if you like, on the side. Enjoy!