Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Prawn Balado - Indonesian Spicy Fried Prawn

On my last post, I post about Indonesian traditional sambal (chili sauce), Balado
Balado is best known chili sauce that the recipe is past down from generation to generation in Indonesia. And today I want to share with you one more Indonesian traditional dish which made with the balado sauce, called Prawn Balado. 

In Indonesia, most of the people loves to eat spicy food. I think maybe 80% of the people, even my son which is 11yr old loves this dish. I use red hot chili paper that less spicy for my balado sauce and deseed the chili so the sauce is not too hot. If you can't tolerate spicy too much then you can add more the tomato, add more sugar, less the chili and skip of the chili padi. Or maybe you can use half of the balado sauce recipe for one serving of dish, just adjust to your palate :)

This prawn balado use one kind of bean which in Indonesia called petai or maybe known as smelly bean . The special thing about this bean is... their smell while and after you eat it. Most Indonesian people like this bean, I don't :D , but for the cause of blogging I'm cooking it! 
You can eat cucumber while or after, to balance the taste and eliminates the "odors" of the bean. Just be sure don't kiss anyone after you enjoy this dish :P

Ingredients : 

  • 1 serving Balado Sauce
  • 500 gram Prawn
  • 10-20 pcs of petai / smelly bean , (cut int the middle into two pcs)
  • 1/4 handful Asian chives, cut 2cm long
  • 1/2 - 1 Lime, juice
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
Directions :
  • Peeled prawn, keep the last segment of the shell and the tail tip on.
  • Slice slightly on the back of the prawn to remove the vain, wash the prawn under running water. Drain, transfer on a bowl, add 1/2 of 5 salt, stir till combine, set a side for minutes. 
  • Fry the prawn until it's change color (about 3-5 minutes), remove from heat. 

  • In a pan, add 1 serving of balado, stir in the petai, stir till combine.
  • Add in the prawn, stir till combine.

  • Add the lime juice, turn of the heat (so the lime just will not be cooked), stir till combine, transfer into a serving plate.
  • Enjoy! ;) 

Serve this prawn balado with warm rice!

Don't be afraid to put a spicy dish on one of your menu today, just adjust with your palate, have a courage and add a touch of your authentic preference :)

This season start to rainy and windy so be sure to put on an extra clothes, enjoy your meal with your loves one and have a great blessed week a head! ;) 

Stay Healthy and Loves Your Kitchen More! ;) 

This post is my november entry for Indonesian Food party at Bonita Cooking and Bento Wonderland .

Preparation : 15 Minutes 
Cooking Time : 20 Minutes ( preparation & cooking time include making the balado sauce)
Difficulty : Easy
Adopted From : Family recipe's


  1. -all i can say is OH, MY. this looks DElish :))

  2. I need hot jasmine rice right now !!! seriously :) Enak banget nih,,

  3. Wow - this looks delicious! I can't indulge with the shrimp, but yum! I know for Americans - it's the same with garlic. What does the been smell like?

    This is FAR over-due...I'm now following you via google follower!

  4. OMG !! I don't wanna look..!! kirimin daku pete pete ityyuu.. :)))

  5. My mouth is just watering looking at that amazing plate full of prawns!! That is amazing!!

  6. Those prawns are fabulous! My family would want the less spicy version, but I'd take this as written...YUM!

  7. How did you train your 11 year old son to eat spicy food? My kids and I need to take a baby step for spicy food (let's say I can take only a little spice that my husband doesn't even feel the spice). It will be cool if I can eat more spicy food in...5 years! ;-) Just practice eating spicy food and increase the heat? This dish looks delicious and hope that I can eat it. Even though you say reduce spice...I think it's still spicy for me. Haha. I'm curious about this smelly beans. Probably we can't get it here but it'll be interesting to try one day if I visit Indonesia!

  8. LOL I had never heard of petai before!!! hehehe
    The dish looks amazing. I love spicy food. I remember when I met my husband I was not used to spicy food... to me tandoori chicken tasted out of this world spicy!!! Now I tolerate much more than him! ;-)

  9. hubby would love to be your guest at dinner table. He loves shrimp and your spicy ones look amazing!

  10. Ooh the flavors in this dish sound fantastic!

  11. This looks delicious and I love the balado sauce. I am going to try making it. Thanks!

  12. Mine too Lizzy! A little less spicy for us :)

  13. smelly beans! they look so robust. prawns in any way is any day welcome! yours look ultra appetizing. with hot sticky rice it can be heaven!

    could you give me your email?

    thnx for dropping by.


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