Author Elfie V

I find inspiration and joy in the kitchen as a passionate cooking enthusiast and culinary artist.

Pecel is a traditional Indonesian salad that features a variety of boiled vegetables, typically served with a flavorful peanut sauce.
Easy to cook and delicious Pecel (Vegetables in Peanut Sauce).

Pecel (Vegetables in Peanut Sauce) commonly includes a mix of vegetables, which can vary based on what's in season and personal preferences. Common choices include spinach, long beans, bean sprouts, and cucumber. The vegetables are usually blanched or lightly steamed to retain their crispness and vibrant colors. The heart of Pecel (Vegetables in Peanut Sauce) is its peanut sauce. The sauce is made by blending roasted peanuts with various ingredients such as garlic, chili peppers, brown sugar, sweet sauce (kecap manis), lime leaves, and other spices. The resulting sauce is rich, slightly sweet, spicy, and nutty. It's what gives Pecel (Vegetables in Peanut Sauce) its distinctive flavor. Besides the peanut sauce, Pecel (Vegetables in Peanut Sauce) may be seasoned with additional ingredients like sweet sauce (kecap manis) and lime juice. To add more texture and flavor, Pecel (Vegetables in Peanut Sauce) is often garnished with fried shallots, prawn crackers (krupuk), and sometimes hard-boiled eggs. These elements provide extra crunch and protein to the dish.

YIELDS 4 serving(s)
TOTAL TIME 45 minute(s)

Peanut Sauce

  • 200g raw peanuts
  • 7 red chilies
  • 4 garlic
  • 8 shallots
  • 700 ml of water
  • 5 tbsp sweet sauce (kecap manis)
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 50g sugar
  • 8g salt
  • 3 lime leaves

Sambal (Chili Sauce)

  • 100 ml of water
  • 8 red cayenne pepper
  • 5 garlic
  • 4g cooked shrimp paste
  • ½ tsp salt


  • Spinach
  • Long beans
  • Cucumber
  • Bean sprouts
  • Fried tempeh
  • Fried shallots/onions



Boil the spinach, long beans, and bean sprouts until they're tender. Meanwhile, cut the tempeh into bite-sized pieces (about 1x2 cm) and fry them until they turn brown.

Step 1 of cooking Pecel (Vegetables in Peanut Sauce).

For the Sambal: Simply blend all the Sambal ingredients together until they form a smooth mixture.

Step 2 of cooking Pecel (Vegetables in Peanut Sauce).

For Peanut Sauce: Heat 2 tbsp of oil, then add the peanuts, red chilies, and garlic. Saute them until they turn a shade of brown, and be careful not to let them burn.

Step 3 of cooking Pecel (Vegetables in Peanut Sauce).

Blend the sauteed ingredients with shallots and 450 ml of water until smooth. Put this mixture into the pot and add another 250 ml of water. Next, add the sweet sauce (kecap manis), brown sugar, sugar, salt, and lime leaves. Keep stirring until it comes to a boil. If it's not sweet enough for your liking, feel free to add more sweet sauce (kecap manis).

Step 4 of cooking Pecel (Vegetables in Peanut Sauce).

Serve the Peanut Sauce alongside the boiled spinach, long beans, cucumber, bean sprouts, and fried tempeh. And don't forget to top it all off with some crispy fried onions and a bit of Sambal (chili sauce) for that extra kick of flavor.

Step 5 of cooking Pecel (Vegetables in Peanut Sauce).

Author Elfie V

I find inspiration and joy in the kitchen as a passionate cooking enthusiast and culinary artist.

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