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Eggplants with Chili Sauce

Origin: West Sumatra
Source: Family Recipe

Aubergine with Chili Sauce

Notes, Tipps & Tricks

Balado is a popular dish which originated from the Minangkabau ethnic group of Indonesia and now commonly served across the country, known as Padang's food. One of the characteristic foods of Minangkabau culture, it is usually hot & spicy. Compare to Javanese who like to have their meal a little bit sweet, the Minangkabau people almost never add sugar into their cooking recipe, unless for dessert or snack ;-).

This is the basic recipe for Bumbu Balado. You can change the main ingredient as you prefer. Ex: with fried hard-boiled eggs called "Telur Bumbu Balado". With deep fried chicken will be "Ayam Bumbu Balado" etc. Try your own version and good luck ;-)

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Ingredients for 2-3 persons:

  1. 1 eggplant/aubergine, weighing about 500 gr / 1.5 lb gr
  2. 200 gr/7 oz large red Chillies, chopped
  3. 100 gr/3.5 oz shallots
  4. 1 clove garlic
  5. 1 tomato, raughly chopped
  6. 1 tsp lime juice
  7. 1 tsp salt or to taste
  8. vegetable oil to fry aubergine & chili sauce
Terong Balado Ingredients

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. 1

    Prepare all ingredients for the paste, pre-cut and slice if necessary.

    Bumbu Terong Balado
  2. 2a

    Put shallots, garlic and chilies in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. (If necessery add a little bit oil to help the blending process). Put aside.

    Bahan Bumbu Terong Balado
  3. 2bMemblender Bumbu Balado
  4. 3

    Wash the aubergine, remove the cap and slice it lengthwise (unpeeled).

  5. 4a

    Heat about 100 ml / 3 fl.oz and fry the sliced aubergine until golden brown.

    Terong Balado Digoreng
  6. 4bTerong Digoreng Matang
  7. 5

    Set aside to drain.

    Terong Goreng Ditiriskan
  8. 6

    Heat 2 tbsp used oil in a frying pan and stir fry the paste. Stirring all the time until fragrant.

  9. 7

    Add chopped tomato and cook until tomato just wilted. Stirring frequently to prevent burning.

  10. 8

    Adjust the taste. Ad salt if necessary. Add the lime juice and stir to mix.

  11. 9

    Ad the fried eggplant. Stir to mix carefully. Serve hot with rice or as side dish for rendang