Aubergine Relish (Sambal Terong)

  • 2 small Aubergines
  • 1 large Spanish onion
  • 4 Cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp Chilli powder
  • 1 sl Terasi
  • 1 tsp Brown sugar
  • 2 large Tomatoes image placeholder

This is a relish which can be used hot or cold. Slice the aubergine and sprinkle it with salt; leave to stand for half an hour, then rinse and dry.

Cut up the tomatoes and remove the seeds. Crush the terasi and garlic together. Slice the onion thinly, and fry until slightly brown. Add the garlic and terasi, the sugar and the chilli powder.

Put in the aubergine, and mix well. Add the tomatoes, cover the pan, and continue cooking gently for 5 minutes. Taste, and add salt if necessary. Then put the mixture into a pudding basin and steam it for 20 minutes. If you want this relish to be really hot spicy hot then take 4 green chillis, seed them and chop finely, and put them into the frying-pan at the same time as the onions.

Alternatively, use dried red chillis: soak them for at least 15 minutes and put them into the mixture, whole, when everything goes into the basin for steaming.

Source: Indonesian Food and Cookery, Sri Owen, Prospect Books, London
Submitted by: Recipe Group Member
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