Lotek (Steamed Vegetable Salad with Peanut Dressing)

Lotek (Steamed Vegetable Salad with Peanut Dressing)

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Indonesian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Marvellina
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  • 7 oz water spinach / kangkung sub with regular spinach if you want
  • 7 oz long beans / snake beans or you may use green beans cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 1 large potato peeled and diced
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 7 oz pumpkin optional, I used it because it's in season
  • 1 large tomato seeded and diced

Peanut dressing:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted roasted peanuts
  • 1 inch kencur root / kaempferia galanga omit if you can't find any. There's no close substitution to this
  • 1 -2 bird's eye chili omit or add more to your preference
  • 2 tsp palm sugar or use dark brown sugar
  • 1 inch of seedless tamarind
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp salt


Making the peanut dressing:

  • Place all ingredients for dressing in a food processor and process into a smooth sauce. If it's too thick, you can add a bit more water. Have a taste and add more salt or sugar to your taste. It should be savory and sweet

Preparing the salad:

  • Pick the leaves off the stems of water spinach. You may include some of the skinny stalks in too if you want and discard big tough stalks. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Blanch the water spinach until soft and then refresh with water. Do the same with the bean sprouts and green beans. Green beans may take about 3-4 minutes. Boil the potato and pumpkin (if using) for about 1-2 minutes
  • Arrange the vegetable on a large salad bowl or platter. Pour the dressing over and reserve some on the side. Mix it to make sure the peanut sauce coats the veggies. Serve