Balado Teri: Indonesian crispy anchovies and peanuts in chillies

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Balado Teri

Balado Teri is dried anchovies that are deep-fried and then mixed with fried peanuts in chillies. The chillies itself use fresh chillies with onion and garlic, and it is cooked in oil.

This dish is quite popular in Java and Sumatra areas of Indonesia. And it is a side dish that people traditionally enjoy with hot plain rice.

I grew up having lots of Balado Teri as my mom used to make it every so often. 


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Spicy anchovies and peanuts with overlay text

An interesting thing is I remember when I was a kid, this dish was not really favoured by the riches. But the irony was, I noticed it became one of the delicacies that were served as a compliment with your drinks at fancy restaurants and five star-rated hotels.

So what’s changed?

I suppose as people learn more about things, their ways of thinking changes too. 

Therefore, there are now more people who can appreciate things that they used to dislike or did not favour. And Balado Teri is one example.

We also know that little fish called anchovies do have benefits for our health. 

Now, back to our Balado Teri.

The secret of making the delicious anchovies crispy lies in how we fry the chilli paste and when to mix our fried anchovies in it. 

The key ingredients

the ingredients to make Teri Balado

Dried anchovies

You can get them at Asian shops in Chinatown. That’s probably a faster and cheaper way. But if it’s difficult for you to do so, you can just order online at Amazon. They have a few different sellers that give you options.

My personal favourite is the headless anchovies. Because it saves me time to clean and cut the head. 

Peanuts

Traditionally, Indonesians would fry the raw peanuts themselves. It’s a pretty easy thing to do. If you decide to do it, make sure you keep stirring the peanuts in the oil. So that all the nuts will be cooked evenly. 

I now prefer to use ready roasted peanuts from the shop. Because I’m simply lazy. 😆

Chillies

What you want are big red chillies. You may want to mix them with red bird’s eye chillies if you love the chilli heat. 

Similarly, if you are not good with chilli spiciness, you may want to deseed the big red chillies.

Onion

Preferably, you use Bawang Merah/ red shallots. Because they don’t have much liquid in them. So your cooking process will be quicker.

However, you can always use brown/ yellow onion or even red onion. You can still make tasty Teri Balado, but it will take longer for you to fry the paste.

Garlic

Fresh garlic, please. You can opt for frozen whole garlic. But don’t use ready paste garlic or garlic powder. 

Sugar and salt

A little sugar in your savoury dishes will help enhance the flavour. As for salt, it’s pretty much self-explanatory. It is a must. 

How to make crispy anchovies and peanuts in chillies

Firstly, you get the anchovies ready by washing and rinsing those dried little fish. Then deep-fry them until they are cooked and light golden brown in colour.

frying dried-anchovies
fried anchovies

Secondly, you make the chilli paste by pounding the chillies, onion, and garlic. You can use a pestle and mortar, or you can use a food processor/ blender to speed up the process. 

Then you fry the paste in enough oil until all the liquid released by the chilli paste evaporates. You will get a dry-ish spice with oil separated from the edges.

putting all the pounded chillies, onion and garlic in the oil
fried chilli mixture

Thirdly, add the fried-anchovies and roasted peanuts in the cooked spice. Give it a good stir until all anchovies and peanuts are covered with the spice mixture. Cook further for 2-3 minutes before you enjoy your Balado Teri.

adding the fried anchovies and roasted peanuts in a wok of chilli mixture
ready cooked Balado Teri in a wok

The recipe for Balado Teri

a bowl of dried-anchovies and peanuts in spicy chillies

Balado Teri

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Balado Teri is Indonesian fried-anchovies and peanuts in spicy chillies. It's a tasty side dish that is now popular as savoury snacks too.

Ingredients

  • 100 gr/ 3.53 oz dried anchovies.
  • 50 gr/ 1.76 oz roasted salted peanuts (see the note).
  • 100 gr/ 3.53 oz red chillies (see the note).
  • 1 medium onion.
  • 3 garlic cloves.
  • ½ tsp salt (see the note).
  • 1 ½ tsp sugar.
  • Oil for frying.

Instructions

  1. Clean, wash and rinse the anchovies. 
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan/ a wok and deep-fry the anchovies until they are cooked and crispy. Set aside.
  3. Using a food processor/ blender or a pestle and mortar, pound the chillies, onion, and garlic into a paste.
  4. Then heat up ⅓ cup of oil in a frying pan/ a wok and fry the chilli paste. Cook it until all the liquid evaporates, and you have a nice greasy chilli paste with oil separated on the side. You can use the used oil from frying the anchovies or use a new oil.
  5. When the chilli mixture is thick and oily, you can put the fried anchovies and the peanuts in. Stir well until everything is coated with chilli paste. Do so for about 2-3 minutes at moderately high heat. Your Balado Teri is now ready.

Notes

  • Traditionally, the Indonesians would use raw peanuts and fry themselves. You can do that too. But I find using ready roasted salted peanuts saves a lot of time, and the result is equally good.
  • Use the big red chillies, and you can deseed the chillies if you don’t want to reduce the heat. Or leave the seeds if you want it spicy. You can also mix the big red chillies with red bird’s eye chillies if you prefer your Balado to be hotter.
  • Every brand of anchovies offers different levels of saltiness. Therefore, it’s worth it for you to try the fried anchovies before you make the chilli sauce, so you will know how salty they are. Then you know how much you need to put salt in it. 

Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1 Amount Per Serving Calories 187Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 21mgSodium 1262mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 2gSugar 5gProtein 11g

The nutrition calculation you find here is just a guide provided by online nutrition calculator. You should not use to substitute advice from nutritionists or health practitioners.

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