I love this dish:Peanut and Anchovies in sambal. My grandma used to cook this spicy crunchy ,fishy and nutty scrumptious dish!! I recalled few years ago when I see the same similar dish selling at the fridge section in Asian market in NYC. I thought the snack or dish will taste the same as I used to eat since the appearance is almost the same.But to my disappointment it's not sweet or spicy at all!! It's was make by Taiwanese as we know Taiwanese like their food bland. I'm hate cleaning or peeling anchovies,so I try my best to look for ready peeled or cleaned anchovies in any Asian market. Whenever I found cleaned anchovies have stock,I quickly grab few pounds for storage.
1 /2 lb shelled off peanut,fried or toast without oil
300 gm cleaned anchovies + 2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp tamarind powder
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt *optional*
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds for garnishing
1:Mix oil with anchovies in a large plate,microwave at high for 1 minute,then stir anchovies again ,microwave for another I minute or until fragrant or lightly brown,set aside.
2:Fry shelled off peanut until fragrant and lightly brown,set aside.
3:Heat skillet or pan at medium low heat with 4 tbsp sambal-tumis-sauteed-chili-paste, then combine ,seasoning,toasted peanut and fried anchovies.Mix well,not let's it burnt then dish out.
4:Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and serve as snack or with rice or porridge.