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Sarah Landis
May 2010

Walnut Grove Recipes

Spicy Peanut Sauce

  • 1 tbsp peanut oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup unsalted raw peanuts
  • 2 fresh red chilies, roughly chopped
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • salt & pepper
  • coriander to garnish
  • 1/4 cup water


1. Finely dice the onion, crush the garlic and put into a blender. Put the cinnamon, cumin & coriander into a dry frying pan (no oil) and gently heat until the spices are fragrant but not smoking. Grind to a powder in a spice grinder or with a mortar & pestle. Add to the blender.

2. Add all of the remaining ingredients to the blender, and blend until the mixture is well chopped, but not completely smooth.

3. Season with salt & pepper to taste.

4.Transfer to a clean serving bowl, cover with cling film and leave in the fridge for at least 3 hours to firm up (it will be quite fluid when you first make it however it will set).

5. When you are ready to serve, garnish with either sprigs of coriander, or sprinkle with finely chopped coriander.

Serving Suggestions

We love to serve this at parties with crudités; carrot sticks, celery sticks, green & red pepper slices, raw broccoli & cauliflower florets. It is also a fantastic accompaniment with char-grilled or barbequed chicken, or with chicken or lamb kebabs. We recommend marinating the kebabs in a mixture of soy sauce, peanut oil, lemon juice (approx 2 tbsp of each) and a teaspoon of cumin, coriander, turmeric, salt, brown sugar & grated raw ginger.

Advanced Preparation

Peanut sauce will keep for up to a week if kept in the fridge in a clean bowl and sealed with cling film. It needs to be made at least 3hrs before using, but is best made the day before you want to use it.

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