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Bali delights | Aromatic Green Bean Salad
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Just got back from another glorious trip to Bali. We love the place, not only for the fact that we seem to always have a relaxing break there (even with 3 kids in tow), but the food is absolutely delicious.
As with all parts of Asia, each region has its own take on its native cuisine and Bali is no exception to this rule. I discovered Balinese food in a fantastic cooking class and have adapted a few recipes to try at home. First up, I’m going to share with you this amazing salad. Admittedly, there is a bit of effort involved, but its worth it. You’ll find everything you need at your local Asian grocer.


Jukut Urab
Serves 2


You’ll need:


Dressing*
4 shallots, peeled
8 garlic cloves, peeled
1 cm piece of galangal, peeled & chopped
3 candlenuts
4cm fresh turmeric, chopped
1 tbs palm sugar, grated
1 tbs rice bran oil
1 small piece of lemongrass, bruised
2 birds eye chillies, finely sliced


Salad

100g green beans, blanched
100g water spinach, chopped and blanched
100g bean sprouts, roots removed
1 large red chilli, finely sliced
1 tbs grated coconut (fresh)
2 tbs fried shallots
Salt
Pepper 
A squeeze of lime juice



* You only need 1- 2 tbs of spice paste to dress the salad, if you have any leftover or want to double the recipe it makes a fantastic marinade for chicken.


Start with the dressing first. Place all ingredients, except the lemon grass, rice bran oil, and birds eye chillies into a food processor and grind into a coarse paste.
Heat the oil in a fry pan, add the lemongrass and the chillies to the spice paste and fry all ingredients, stirring frequently until the marinade changes to a golden colour. Discard lemongrass and allow to cool.
Place all the salad ingredients except 1 tbs of the fried shallots, salt and pepper and lime into a large bowl.
Toss through 1 – 2 tbs of the dressing (best to do this with your hands), season with salt and pepper and a good squeeze of lime juice.
Serve at room temperature.

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2 Responses to Bali delights | Aromatic Green Bean Salad

  1. I've never been to Bali so have never had the chance to try Bali food. However I've had many friends wax lyrical about it, so I'm glad to have this chance to try the flavours and texture – even if it's through my own kitchen!

  2. Mish Delish says:

    Balinese recipes are packed with flavour. The flavours seem to be somewhere between Malaysian and Thai to me. Enjoy Celeste, thank you for your comment.

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