---Selected by the New York Times as one of the best cookbooks of 2020---
Be transported to the bountiful islands of Indonesia by this collection of fragrant, colourful and mouth-watering recipes.
'An exciting and panoramic selection of dishes and snacks' – Fuchsia Dunlop, author of The Food of Sichuan
Coconut & Sambal reveals the secrets behind authentic Indonesian cookery. With more than 80 traditional and vibrant recipes that have been passed down through the generations, you will discover dishes such as Nasi goreng, Beef rendang, Chilli prawn satay and Pandan cake, alongside a variety of recipes for sambals: fragrant, spicy relishes that are undoubtedly the heart and soul of every meal.
Lara uses simple techniques and easily accessible ingredients throughout Coconut and Sambal, interweaving the recipes with beguiling tales of island life and gorgeous travel photography that shines a light on the magnificent, little-known cuisine of Indonesia.
What are you waiting for? Travel the beautiful islands of Indonesia and taste the different regions through these recipes.
'Start with Lara's fragrant chicken soup, do lots of exploring on the way whilst dousing everything with spoonfuls of sambal, and end with her coconut and pandan sponge cake' – Yotam Ottolenghi, author of SIMPLE
'An incredibly delicious Indonesian meal on your table every time' – Jeremy Pang, chef and founder of School of Wok
London chef and food writer Lee brings an intimate knowledge of Indonesian cuisine to this stunningly photographed debut collection of recipes gathered from the author's Indonesian grandmother and from cooks Lee met traveling through the island nation. The title is inspired by two staples of Indonesian cuisine coconut in its many forms, and sambal, a ubiquitous chili sauce. She begins with a chapter devoted to snacks like kerupuk, a popular Indonesian cracker that Lee enlivens with kafir lime leaves and peanuts. Soups include an aromatic broth with spiced meatballs. An entire chapter is devoted to vegetable, tofu, and tempeh dishes, such as Gado-Gado (which means "mix-mix" in Indonesian), a peanut sauce enriched m lange of vegetables, tempeh and tofu. Beef is rarely browned in Indonesian cooking but rather stewed, which, says Lee, requires non-native cooks to toss long-learned "culinary techniques out the window." Indonesian food can have a kick to it, and Lee offers heat level guides for most of her recipes. Other useful touches include an Indonesian pantry list and recipes grouped by gluten-free, vegan, and other dietary preferences. This sumptuous collection is perfect for home cooks and armchair travelers alike.