Indonesian Raw Vegetable Salad with Peanut Sauce (Karedok): Excellent Idea for Your Raw Food Diet

Still thinking that gado-gado isn’t good enough for your diet? Well raw foodists, we have just good news for you.

Karedok is a raw vegetable salad in peanut sauce from West Java, Indonesia. It is one of the Sundanese signature dish. It is very similar to gado-gado, except all the vegetables are raw, while most of gado-gado vegetables are boiled, and it uses kencur (kaempferia galangal), Thai basil and eggplant.

It originally included cucumbers, bean sprouts, cabbage, legumes, Thai basil, and small green eggplant, covered in peanut sauce dressing. But over time, there has been a lot of variation in the garnishes used in karedok and its taste, but it is still basically vegetables covered in peanut seasoning.

Below recipe is adjustable to fit your diet plan:

Karedok Sauce
  • 200 gram peanut – roasted in oven at 170C for 5 minutes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar
  • 2 cm kencur
  • 2-5 bird's eye chilies (cabe rawit) - use more if you prefer spicy taste
  • ½ teaspoon toasted shrimp paste (terasi) - omit if making vegetarian sauce
  • ½ teaspoon tamarind pulp (asam Jawa) - soaked in 1 tablespoon of warm water to get the juice
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 cup hot water
  • Salt to taste

Salad Ingredients
  • Bean sprouts
  • Long beans, cut into 2 inch long
  • French beans, cut into 2 inch long
  • Small green eggplants, finely diced
  • Cabbage, finely sliced
  • Cucumber, finely sliced
  • Basil leaves

Complement

  • ·         Fried shallots
  • ·         Fried krupuk or emping crackers


Directions
  1. Rinse all salad ingredients in warm water, drain, and put them all in a plate.
  2. Peanut Sauce: Grind peanut, garlic, palm sugar, kencur, chilies, salt and shrimp paste in a food processor. If you have pestle and mortar, you can use it to get better taste. Remove into a mixing bowl. Add tamarind juice, lime juice, and vinegar, stir well. Pour hot water little by little while keep stirring to get to the consistency of peanut sauce that you like.
  3. Mix all the vegetables with the peanut sauce. Serve with fried shallot and krupuk or emping on top.
  4. In Indonesia, karedok is usually served with steamed rice or lontong (rice wrapped in banana leaf).
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