Prawn & Petai (Bitter Bean) Sambal...

Oops I overlooked at this dish, which was in my draft for a week already!

Petai or the Bitter Bean, commonly served in anchovy or prawn sambal is my family's favourite. Although I prefer petai with anchovies combo, I had to use prawn this time as my son craved for it all the time! As I don't eat prawn, the sambal and petai enough for me! The peculiar smell of petai is not my daughter, Ashika's

Alternatively, you can also use my Anchovies Sambal recipe and add petai.

Goes well with plain rice or Nasi Lemak :)

Just skip petai in this recipe if you don't eat them!


Ingredients :~
  • 800gm large prawn ~ clean, peel and de-vein
  • 1 large onion ~ slice
  • 250gm petai ~ wash and divide each into 2
  • 1 cup water or more ~ depends on how thick the sambal to be
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk ~ optional
  • 2 pcs dried tamarind slice
  • salt 
  • cooking oil

Blend this ingredients smooth;
  • 15 pcs or more dried chillies ~ soaked in hot boiled water for 10 minutes
  • 7 pcs shallots
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 stalks lemongrass
  • 1/2 inch fresh turmeric
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1/2 inch shrimp paste (belacan)
  • little water

Method :~

  1. Add 1 tsp salt to cleaned prawn, mix and leave aside for 5 minutes. 
  2. Heat oil in a large wok, deep fry the prawn for few seconds. Separate on another plate.
  3. Use same oil, saute blended ingredients over medium heat for 15 minutes. The longer you saute, the better the taste.
  4. Stir until you can see the oil separate from the gravy. 
  5. Now add the sliced onion and stir for few minutes. Add water, coconut milk, tamarind slices and salt. Mix evenly and let the gravy to boil a few times. 
  6. Add the fried prawn and petai. Mix and cook another 5 minutes. Check for seasoning. 
  7. Sambal is ready :)



  1. sis...lama asz x masak lauk nie...mengancam sgt nmpk...terliur sudah :))

  2. Looks yummy!! I have yet to try Petai, heard it gives an interesting odor to you-know-what. hehehe

  3. Hai love...Terus rasa lapar bila tengok sambal ni...

  4. Yummeh! I love this with just plain white rice. It is very appetizing.

  5. wow dear love !
    nie makan ngan nasi panas2 perghhhhhhhhh ;))

  6. Super flavourful sambal,simply inviting..

  7. Love this beautiful and spicy sambal dish. I can eat more rice with it!

  8. i luv sambal petai..but last time i makan i got sakit perut + serik to eat petai 4 the time being!

  9. iam new to this combo. must have tasted delicious. very nice clicks

  10. Make drooling ... Been ages never eat pettai

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  12. hi love..
    petai masak mcmnie mmg sedap ..i dah lama x buat sambal petai..tergoda tgokk:)

  13. Love..lama sue tak mkn ni tau. makan dgn nasi panas..fuhhh mesti menambah2 ni.

  14. ermmm mr tolahah's pebret ni love.. akak kutip udang jer, petai pass kat dia hehe

  15. Hi Love, delicious sambal but very sorry I'll just pick the prawns and you eat the petai. hehehe
    It's actually good for our bladder but then I don't like the smell of the petai. :(

    Have a nice day.

  16. Being an angmoh I haven't tried petai before so today I picked some up in the supermarket. I now know why they are also called stinky beans! I'm going to try them out with a recipe like this soon! Thanks for the info.


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