Treats for the iftar table
Simple but delicious dishes to whip up for your loved ones this Ramadan.
CHERRY TOMATO SAMBAL
3 fresh red chillies, seeds removed
2 dried chillies, cut into pieces and soaked to soften 13 shallots, peeled
3 cloves garlic
1 tbsp toasted shrimp paste granules (belacan) a small piece of turmeric
2 to 3 tbsp oil
1 stalk lemongrass, smashed 3 to 4 kaffir lime leaves, finely shredded 1 cherry-sized portion of tamarind paste mixed with 100ml water, squeezed for juice
2 tbsp sugar, or to taste 1 tsp rice vinegar
30 cherry tomatoes, halved 1 tbsp coconut milk chopped coriander leaves, for garnishing
Place all spice paste ingredients into a blender and process to a fine paste.
Heat oil in a saucepan, and fry the lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves. Add in the spice paste and saute till mixture is aromatic.
Add tamarind juice, sugar and rice vinegar. Stir well until sugar is dissolved.
Mix in the cherry tomatoes, then pour in coconut milk and allow the sauce to simmer briefly until fairly thick. Dish out into a serving dish, and sprinkle over with coriander leaves to garnish.
Serve hot, with steamed rice, or as a topping for a dish of grilled fish or steamed sotong.