Pecel (Indonesian salad)

Published September 22, 2014 by Ninik Becker


Pecel or Indonesian cooked vegetable salad with peanut sauce dressing is one of popular Indonesian dish that serve in street food stall until top restaurant with different serving style.

In Indonesia peanut sauce is widely used as a complement to many dishes. Every dish that use peanut sauce has a distinctive flavor that is almost similar but not the same. If you try the entire Indonesian cuisine every day, you will not be finished in a year. Pecel just one among millions of them.


Characteristic of peanut sauce for Pecel is how to make it. All ingredients and spices finely ground to meet the right flavor. And ready to use at any time by diluted with tamarind juice mixed with cooked water to form a thick sauce and pour generously over fresh cooked assorted vegetables.

Peanut sauce for Gado-gado , satay, and other similar dishes has different cooking methods although they all used peanut sauce as complement.

Basically Pecel can use any vegetables. In this recipe I chose a simple vegetable which I have in my kitchen .

Serves 2


  • 100 g green beans/string beans, cut 10 cm
  • 50 g bean sprout
  • 100 g cabbage, roughly chopped
  • 100 g cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1/2 cup of sweet corn kernel
  • crispy fried shallots for garnish

Boil green beans/string beans, cabbage, cauliflower to cook but still crunchy. Drain.

Put bean sprouts in a bowl, then pour boiling water to soak about 5 minutes. Drain. Drain sweet corn kernel.

Peanut sauce :


  • 150 g fried peanuts
  • 5 cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp fried garlic
  • 2 cm Kencur (Kaempferia galanga)
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp tamarind
  • 250 ml cooked water/

Use a mortar & pestle or food processor.

Except water and tamarind, ground all ingredients until form into a thick paste.

Dilute tamarind with cooked water to make tamarind water.

Dilute peanut paste with tamarind water into a thick sauce. If you like thin sauce, simply add more tamarind water.

Common complements : steamed rice, lontong (rice cake in banana leaf), ketupat (rice cake in young coconut leaf pocket, fried tempeh/tofu, rempeyek, kerupuk.

In a plate, arrange boiled vegetables, topped with bean sprouts and sweet corn and drizzle generously peanut sauce. Sprinkle with crispy shallots and or crushed kerupuk on top if you like.

Pecel/Indonesian salad


Selamat makan !


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