Ikan bilis with peanuts
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- 180 gm (2 cups) ikan bilis (see note)
- Vegetable oil for deep-frying, plus 2 tbsp extra
- 140 gm (1 cup) raw peanuts
- 1 onion, coarsely chopped
- 2 long red chillies, coarsely chopped
- 2 tsp sugar
Prep time 15 mins, cook 30 mins
Preheat oven to 100C. Rinse ikan bilis under cold water, drain, spread on an oven tray and roast until dry and crisp (8-10 minutes).
Preheat oil in a deep-fryer or deep-sided saucepan to 140C. Deep-fry ikan bilis in batches, stirring frequently, until crisp and golden (3-4 minutes). Drain on absorbent paper, set aside.
Add peanuts to oil and cook until golden and crisp (4-5 minutes), drain on absorbent paper and set aside.
Process onion and chilli in a food processor to a smooth paste. Heat extra oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat, add onion paste, stir occasionally until fragrant (4-5 minutes). Add ikan bilis, peanuts and sugar, season to taste with sea salt. Cook for another minute, cool to room temperature and serve.