Friday, 13 March 2015

Pecel (+ Other Easy Indonesian Vegan Recipes)

One of the ways you can contribute to nature and the environment is through food: by choosing to go vegan, by choosing to eat only organic food, by not supporting plantations and farms which uses chemical products and cruelty towards animals. Today I've decided to introduce a traditional Indonesian vegan recipe. It's true that, in our culture, we eat a lot of meat. I mean, A LOT. But, we also tend to stick to the "4 sehat 5 sempurna" diet, so we tend to eat a lot of veggies as well. Therefore, we have plenty of traditional recipes consisting strictly of vegetables and vegan-friendly products. There is a wide variety to choose from - in Java alone! - but I'm going to introduce to you today a recipe that is so common and simple that you can subtract and add the ingredients and it will become a whole other dish from this archipelago of a country.

  • 1/4 kg green beans
  • 2 bundles spinach
  • 1/4 kg bean sprout
For the sauce:
  • 1 oz. brown sugar
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 10 chilli
  • 3 cm sand ginger
  • 500gr peanuts, fried/roasted
  • 5 sheets lime leaves
  1. Purée all the ingredients for the sauce using ulekan (pestle and mortar) or a blender
  2. Boil or steam the vegetables until they're a little less stiff
  3. Strain the water and put the veggie on a plate
  4. Add hot water to the sauce and pour them on the plate, to taste
  5. Mix them all together
  6. Selamat menikmati!
Add tomato, potato and cucumber and it's called Gado-Gado. Add tofu and vermicelli noodles and it's called Ketoprak (don't use lime leaves in the sauce). Eat the vegetables raw with the sauce and it's Karedok.

Tips: Use pestle and mortar instead of a blender to purée for best quality and taste. Steam instead of boil to keep all the vitamins in. Add the hot water little to little to avoid the sauce from becoming too runny. You can eat it with kerupuk karak (as pictured above) and/or rice, if you feel the need for more carbs. Green beans contain vitamin D, spinach contains iron, bean sprouts contain vitamin A, C and carbohydrate and the peanuts contain protein. With such healthy nutritions, who says you won't be okay without meat? Lass euch schmecken!

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