Baru Mock Asian Peanut Sauce

Our go-to, super flavourful take on Asian peanut sauce, which marries everything together perfectly.  Another recipes by the talented Vivian Villa 


Chile Peppers, whole dried  3

Star anise,  whole  1/2

Cinnamon  1/2 tsp

Coriander seed,whole 1/4 tsp

Peppercorn, black whole 1/8 tsp

Baru,  whole roasted seed 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp (set aside)

Sugar  2 1/2 tbsp or monkfruit (sugarfree)  3 1/4 tbsp

Salt 1 tsp

Coconut milk  (full fat) 1 cup

Vinegar  1 tbsp

Oil  veggie or sesame  1 tbsp


 Combine all the spices in a fry pan over medium heat and toast till fragrant (about 1 minute)  Remove from heat to spice grinder/processor and grind till almost smooth. Add 1/2 cup baru along with the salt, sugar/monkfruit and grind till smooth.  Add mixture to small saucepan with coconut milk, vinegar and oil, combining everything thoroughly. Cook over medium heat 3-5 minutes or till browned and reduced by 1/4. Set aside to cool.   Marinate slivered chicken, shrimp or beef then skewer and grill.