Tuesday, August 24, 2010



This is a vegetable dish made of soya bean cake, tempeh (fermented soya bean cake), long bean and spices simmered in aromatic coconut based gravy. It is so popular in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia easily obtainable from food vendors around these countries. Normally fresh prawn or beef slices are added along with the vegetables but am omitting them in my preparation.

It is served along piping hot white rice or during Eid to accompany lontong (rice cake). The tofu and tempeh are cubed then lightly fried before cooking this dish. Besides the vegetable, dry chili, red and green chili, ginger, garlic, lemon grass, lengkuas and tamarind juice are used for making this delicious and spicy food. Do adjust the chili needed according to your preference.

This is how I make my sambal goreng:


4 hard tofu cubed and fried
4 tempeh cubed and fried
1 tsp tamarind mixed with 1/2 C water
1 big onion sliced
3 red chili sliced
3 green chili sliced
1 stalk lemon grass bruise
1 sm piece galangal (lengkuas) bruise
10 long bean sliced diagonally
1 cup coconut milk
salt and sugar to taste
cooking oil


10 dry chili soak to soften
8 shallots
3 cloves garlic
1/2 in ginger
1 tsp shrimp paste (optional)


* Heat the oil in deep frying pan, fry ground ingredients together with lemon grass and lengkuas, add salt and sugar, fry until fragrant. Add some water.

* Add fried tofu and tempeh, stir and mix well.

* Pour in coconut milk and tamarind juice, simmer till gravy is fairly thick.

* Add sliced chili, onion and long bean, cook till almost dry.

Linking to  Culinary Smackdown Battle Chile .


Sanjeeta kk said...

Love tofu, will try this recipe soon.

aipi said...

Spicy n tempting..very nice tofu recipe :)

Krishnaveni said...

a great dish, looks delicious and yummy

Swathi said...

Nice tofu recipe,spicy one. I like it.

Satrupa said...

Yummy recipe ... looks nice.

Cheers n Happy Cooking,

Juliana said...

Yummie, this tofu dish look so tasty...so spicy :-)

Satya said...

delicious dish ...spicy n tempting


Suman Singh said...

spicy and delicious tofu..looks yummy

kothiyavunu.com said...

Thats a great recipe! looks delicious!!

Kairali sisters said...

Love tofu..Looks mouthwatering dear...

Suneetha's kitchen said...

hey..nice recipe..thanks for visiting my blog an dleaving comments..will follow u and try ur recipes..

Priya said...

i have never cooked with tempeh! your dish makes me want to try it!

Sushma Mallya said...

looks very yummy,got to try this one

Hamaree Rasoi said...

I like this recipe..will make it more spicy to suit my tastebud
Hamaree Rasoi

Leena said...

Nice recipe with tofu..Bookmarked to try..

Babli said...

Wonderful dish. Looks spicy and tempting.

jeyashrisuresh said...

i have once tasted this in my friends place.looks delicious.nice sambal

Priya said...

Fingerlicking dish...very tempting..

Viki's Kitchen said...

Visited Malaysia once and I am totally flattered by their cuisines. Absolutely a tasty curry dear.

Charitha said...

i never tasted this one..tempting me to try..


Rumana Rawat said...

Tofu looks really very delicious:)

An Open Book said...

sounds interesting

Priti said...

Yum...long time had this ...


Hello friends,

Thanks for your lovely and encouraging comments...

Ananda Rajashekar said...

Spicy and interesting recipe :)

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Rebecka said...

Hi Palatable, I'm so happy to see that you're our first entry for the challenge! Your recipe looks so delish! I love tofu and the coconut and spices mixed with the hot chiles are right up my alley!

You have some really amazing recipes on your blog! Some of my most favorite flavors. I'm really looking forward to trying some of your dishes.

Thanks for posting the link back to the Challenge. A friendly reminder that you also need to post a brief comment on your blog about the Culinary Smackdown Challenge with the link as well.

Happy cooking and good luck!!

doggybloggy said...

I make a tofu "chorizo" and I dont know why but this made me think of it....


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