Malaysian Peanut Sauce

INGREDIENTS
1 cup dry roasted peanuts, unsalted
1 heaping tablespoon tamarind pulps
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
2 1/2 tablespoons sugar, palm sugar preferred
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1 tablespoon sweet soy sauce (Kecap Manis)
Spice Paste:

8 dried red chilies, seeded and soaked in warm water
3 cloves garlic, peeled
4 cloves small shallots or pearl onions, peeled
1 stalk lemongrass, cut into 3 strips, use only 1 strip at the bottom
1/2 inch galangal, peeled

Crush the peanuts with mortar and pestle or use a food processor to ground the peanuts. Set aside.

In a small bowl, add the tamarind pulps plus 1/4 cup warm water. Set aside for 15 mins. Squeeze and extract the juice from the tamarind pulp and discard. Keep the tamarind juice.

Chop the Spice Paste ingredients coarsely, transfer to a food processor and blend until very fine. Add a few tablespoons of water to help blending.

In a sauce pan, heat the oil on medium heat and add the spice paste.

Add the remaining two strips of lemongrass in the spice paste. Fry the spice paste until aromatic and smell spicy.

Add the ground peanuts, water, tamarind juice, salt, sugar, coriander powder and sweet soy sauce. Stir to combine well.
Reduce the peanut sauce on medium-low heat, stir continuously for about 5-10 minutes or until the peanut sauce thickens to your desired consistency, or until the oil and the peanut sauce separates.

Let cool at room temperature and serve with satay.

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