Tofu & greens with Indonesian peanut sauce

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I’ve been wanting to make peanut sauce for awhile now, so I decided to go to Indonesia for inspiration and a recipe. (I didn’t literally go to Indonesia, of course… that would just be silly.)

Tofu & greens with Indonesian peanut sauce

The recipe is from Vegetarian Times. I used to buy VT, many moons ago, but found the recipes kind of hit and miss. This one sounded like a winner, though.

My changes: I used onion instead of shallot; 1/2 sachet of coconut cream mixed with water instead of 1/2 cup coconut milk; added an extra tablespoon of soy sauce; omitted the lime juice (because I forgot) and the sugar (the sauce seemed sweet enough without it).

I served the peanut sauce over pan-fried tofu, plus greens from our allotment (spinach, perpetual spinach, turnip greens, broccoletto and chinese cabbage), a few ‘shrooms and a package of baby corn. And rice.

The verdict? In a word: spectacular. Mr Thrifty even finished the leftover sauce with a bit of bread, followed by scraping the pot with a spoon.

The only problem with it is that the calorie content is probably quite significant.

But so worth it.


  1. Oooh! I love peanutty sauces and it looks like it made a delicious dinner for you 🙂

  2. ohh..looks yum! I love any kind of peanut sauce.

  3. broccoletto…interesting. Never heard of it.

    Anyways I find that a lot of south east asian cooking rely heavily on shallots as opposed to our common yellow onions. Having said that, shallots do bring a milder but deeper flavor to a dish. If only those tiny babies weren’t such a hassle to peel.

    Woman, with your cooking…calorie content is the least of anyone’s worries. It’s chuck full o’veggies. Think fiber;)

  4. I made it with sesame oil, crunchy peanut butter and a smidgin of chili oil instead of red pepper flakes and I also forgot the lime juice. It was very, very good and made it possible to use up the uninspiring veggies languishing in the bottom of the fridge.

  5. Wow, that looks great. I’ll have to make that soon.

  6. Thanks Babe,
    You can make this one again!

  7. We love peanut sauce…. and we KNOW the calorie count is probably high…. everything is a trade-off, right? We could be eating steak…

    I usually use VWAV’s recipe, and this looks quite different, so I’ll just have to spring this one on my family and see what happens. My daughter, wei-K, is returning from Asia this week and I’ll let her be the judge 🙂

  8. MMMmmmmm… Peanut sauce combined with spinach is one of the world’s most perfect combos–and yours looks beautiful!

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