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Watermelon and Peanut Rujak Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 small watermelon, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 cup roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
- 2 red chilies, seeded and finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons tamarind paste
- 2 tablespoons palm sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted

Special equipment needed:
- Mortar and pestle or food processor

Step-by-step instructions:

1. In a mortar and pestle or food processor, grind together the chilies, garlic, tamarind paste, palm sugar, and salt until a smooth paste forms.
2. In a large bowl, combine the watermelon pieces and chopped peanuts.
3. Pour the spice paste over the watermelon and peanuts and toss well to coat.
4. Heat the vegetable oil in a small pan over medium heat.
5. Add the sesame seeds and toast until golden brown, stirring constantly.
6. Sprinkle the toasted sesame seeds over the watermelon and peanut mixture.
7. Serve immediately.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Room temperature
Serving size:
4 servings

Nutritional information:
Calories per serving: 220
Fat: 12g
Carbohydrates: 25g
Protein: 6g
Fiber: 3g
Sugar: 18g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Tamarind paste can be substituted with lime juice or vinegar.
- Palm sugar can be substituted with brown sugar or honey.
- Roasted peanuts can be substituted with cashews or almonds.

- Add sliced cucumber or jicama for a crunchy texture.
- Use mango or pineapple instead of watermelon.
- Add shrimp or chicken for a protein boost.

Tips and tricks:
- Adjust the amount of chilies according to your spice preference.
- Make sure to use ripe and sweet watermelon for the best flavor.
- Toasting the sesame seeds enhances their nutty flavor.

Storage instructions:
This dish is best served fresh and should not be stored for more than a few hours.

Reheating instructions:
This dish is not recommended for reheating.

Presentation ideas:
Serve the watermelon and peanut rujak in a large bowl or on individual plates.

Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves or chopped scallions.

This dish pairs well with grilled meats or seafood.

Suggested side dishes:
Serve with steamed rice or a side of stir-fried vegetables.

Troubleshooting advice:
If the spice paste is too thick, add a splash of water to thin it out.

Food safety advice:
Make sure to wash the watermelon thoroughly before cutting it.

Food history:
Rujak is a traditional Indonesian fruit salad that is typically made with a spicy and sweet dressing.

Flavor profiles:
This dish has a sweet and spicy flavor with a nutty crunch from the peanuts.

Serving suggestions:
Serve as a refreshing appetizer or as a light lunch.

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Region: Indonesian

Taste: Sweet, Tangy, Savory, Salty