Peanut sauce, satay sauce, or kacang sambal is a sauce widely used in Indonesian cuisine, Malaysian cuisine, Thai cuisine, and Chinese cuisine. The main ingredient is a roasted peanut-based paste such as peanut butter, which together with soy sauce gives it a nutty and salty taste. Several different recipes for making peanut sauces exist, resulting in a variety of flavours. A typical recipe usually contains peanut butter(smooth or crunchy), coconut milk, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and spices (such as coriander seed, cumin, etc). Other ingredients may also contain chili peppers, milk, fried onions, sesame seed, olive oil or peanuts.
How to select
Always check the expiry date and look out for any discoloration or gas formation ( bubbles) in the bottle, especially near the tip. When purchasing peanut sauce, be sure to read the label. Hydrogenated (trans-) fats and sugar are often added to peanut butter. Buy organic and choose brands that contain peanuts, salt-and soy sauce onlya.
· In Indonesian cuisine, the sauce originally was meant as a sauce for satay, but it is also used in many other Indonesian dishes like Saté Babi, Saté Ayam, Gado-gado, otak-otak, ketoprak, etc
· In Chinese cooking, the sauce is often used on grilled meat. Other uses include hot pot and Dan dan noodles.
· In the Netherlands, peanut sauce has become a common Dutch side dish and is usually eaten with meat (barbecue) or French Fries. Peanut sauce is also eaten with a baguette, bread, cucumber or potatoes.
· In Singapore, peanut sauce is not only used as dipping sauce for satay. It is also eaten with rice vermicelli.
· You can stir it into pasta or noodles, use it as a salad dressing, use it as a dip for snacking on raw veggies, dip spring rolls in it or pour it over steamed veggies.
How to store
Keep the bottles in a dark cool cupboard for 3 months before using if you can. After opening the seal, keep sauce in the fridge and add a teaspoon to your next dish for its delectable taste.
· Peanuts are a very good source of monounsaturated fats, the type of fat that is emphasized in the heart-healthy diet
· Peanuts are good sources of vitamin E, niacin, folate, protein and manganese. In addition, peanuts provide resveratrol, the phenolic antioxidant
· And since its mild, buttery, tangy taste enhances food so uniquely, it can easily replace fattier condiment options such as mayonnaise, butters and sugary ketchups.