One of my favorite Indonesian side dishes is corn cakes. They come in a lot of different types, since it seems almost every regional cuisine has some kind of them. I found this recipe in a small book of Indonesian favorites. It calls for peanuts, which I'm not sure I've had before. If you're allergic, just leave them out.
Nutty Corn Cakes with dabu-dabu sambal
|Corn||285 g (1 can)|
|Roasted Peanuts||½ c|
|Green Onions||3 Stalks||chopped|
|Red Sweet Pepper||½||finely diced|
|Fresh Ginger||2 t||grated|
|Ground Cumin||1 t|
|Rice Flour||2 T|
|Vegetable Oil||½ c|
- Place half the corn, the peanuts, spring onions, ginger, garlic and cumin in a food processor. Mix until finely chopped and a bit mushy.
- Transfer the mixture to a bowl and mix in the egg, rice flour, red peppers and the rest of the corn.
- Head the vegetable oil in a skillet. Once hot, form the corn mixture into patties and fry both sides until golden brown. I had a bit of trouble with this until I hit on the idea of using an egg ring to hold the patties together until they were cooked well enough.
Serve with dabu-dabu or some other spicy sauce.