Peanut Dressing

Peanut Dressing

Spicy and delicious Indonesian peanut dressing for salads.
Author Wes Nondorf


  • 1 Tbsp Tamarind Pulp
  • 60 ml warm water
  • 250 g raw peanuts dry roasted skins removed
  • 2 red finger-length chilies
  • 2 cm galangal root
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 90 g palm sugar can sub brown sugar
  • 500 ml hot water


  • Soak tamarind pulp in the warm water for 5 minutes, then mash well, squeeze and strain to obtain tamarind juice.
  • Grind the peanuts coarsely in a food processor, then remove and set aside.
  • Grind the chilies, galangal, garlic, kaffir lime leaves, tamarind juice, salt and palm sugar in a spice grinder or blender to form a smooth paste.
  • Add the ground peanuts to the spice paste and pulse a few times.
  • Add hot water until it turns into a thick sauce.


This goes with an Indonesian dish called gado-gado, which is basically a vegetable salad.