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Ratami's Lamb Satay

(recipe, Matthew Amster-Burton)

Introduction

This recipe was adapted by John Thorne from Rosemary Brissenden's Southeast Asian cookbook [%amazonProductLink "Joys and Subtleties" asin=0394401662].

Ingredients

    Marinade
    1. 1 tsp. tamarind paste
    2. 1 Tbsp. hot water
    3. 2 garlic cloves, minced
    4. ½ tsp. salt, or to taste
    5. 2 medium or 1 large shallot, peeled and grated
    6. 1 Tbsp. palm sugar
    7. 1½ Tbsp. lemon juice
    8. 2 Tbsp. kecap manis (see Note)
    Meat
    1. 1½ lb. lamb, cut into bite-sized pieces

    Steps

    1. Dissolve the tamarind paste in the hot water and press the pulp through a sieve. Mix the strained liquid with the remaining marinade ingredients in a bowl.
    2. Stir in the meat so that all the pieces are coated, and let marinate at room temperature for an hour or so.
    3. Thread the meat onto bamboo skewers and grill over charcoal.

    Note

    The thick, sweet Indonesian soy sauce known as kecap manis is available at Asian grocery stores and online.