Terong Balado (Spicy Eggplant)

The word "balado" originally comes from West Sumatera province in Indonesia which means "spicy sauce made by frying blended red chilies and another fresh spices like shallots and garlic". Nowadays, balado has been so popular also in another places in Indonesia such as Java island. People can make any dishes they want with balado style of sauce for example Fried Fish Balado, Potatoes Balado, Egg Balado etc. Balado sauce also could be combined with vegetables like eggplant, green beans, bitter squash, stinky beans, etc.

Terong Balado (Photo credit : Veronica)

Terong Balado (Spicy Eggplant)

Serve : 4

You need :
a food processor or a blender

Ingredients :
600 gr eggplant, slice lengthwise
frying oil
¾ tbsp sugar
salt and pepper

Spice paste :
30 gr shallots
2 garlic
6 red chilies
1 lime leave
1 tbsp cooking oil

Steps :
For the spice paste. Add in all ingredients into a food processor or a blender. Blend with high speed just for a few seconds to get a rough paste (if you want to have a smoother paste, just blend them few minutes longer). Set aside.

Prepare a frying pan over high heat, add in frying oil. When the oil is ready, fry eggplant slices until they are soften a little bit. Divide into batches. Drain onto paper towel to remove excess oil.

Prepare another pan over medium high heat. Add in spice paste and lime leave, fry it until fragrance, then add in fried eggplant, salt, pepper and sugar. Mix them until well combined. Turn off the heat and transfer them into a serving plate. Serve with white rice and another dishes like Perkedel Kentang (Indonesian Potato Cake), Perkedel Jagung (Indonesian Corn Cake), Fried Chicken, etc.

Recipe by Veronica

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