roasted tuna chilli dip

Roasted Tuna Chilli Dip (Nam Prik Kua Tuna)


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This is a thick and dry dip that is quite like a relish. It is a mixture of hot, sweet, salty and sour flavours, however is well balanced and not too strong in any one type of flavour. The texture is very crunchy thanks to the shallots, garlic and peanuts, and it pairs really well with some fresh vegetables, but you could use it with anything you like!

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thai roasted tuna dip ingredients list

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  • 1 can of tuna in sunflower oil
  • 1 tbsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1/4 cup sliced garlic
  • 1/4 cup sliced shallots
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp palm sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup ground peanuts

Cooking instructions


Step 1: Add 1 can of tuna in sunflower oil to a pan, and roast it for about 3 or 4 minutes until it has dried out.

roasting the tuna

Step 2: Now add about 1/4 cup of cooking oil to a saucepan, and when its hot, fry 1/4 cup of sliced garlic until it is golden brown. Then drain the garlic and set aside.

frying the garlic

Step 3: Once the garlic is done, use the same oil to fry 1/4 cup of sliced shallots until they are golden brown. Once the shallots are ready, drain them from the oil and set aside.

frying the shallots

Step 4: Next, grab a clean saucepan, then add 1 tbsp of water, 1 tbsp of tamarind paste, 2 tbsp of palm sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Heat on a low heat, and stir together until the sugar has melted and mixed with the sauce. Once the sauce begins to bubble, turn off the heat.

making the tamarind sauce

Step 5: Finally add the roasted tuna, fried garlic, fried shallots, and 1 tbsp of dried chilli flakes to a bowl and mix everything together. Then pour in the tamarind sauce that we made, along with 1/4 cup of ground peanuts. Mix everything together thoroughly, then serve and enjoy with some fresh vegetables, or anything that you think needs a good dip!

making the thai dip

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