Saté (or Satay) skewers can be found in almost any corner in Southeast Asia. They are widely popular and come in many variations – but most of them consist of meat. So how about a nice, clean, vegan version? Of course with a quick, cheat peanut sauce on the side to dip the veggies in. You can prepare the sticks in your oven at home or grill them at a BBQ. Serve them either as a snack to nibble on or with some bread and a salad on the side as a main dish.
Preparation time: 45 minutes
Stuff you need:
- 15 bamboo / wooden sticks
- 200g shiitake or mini portobello mushrooms
- 150g mini corncobs
- 150g okra
- 200g eggplant
- 5 tbs olive oil
- 1 tbs palm/brown sugar
- 1/2 tbs curry powder
- 1 lime
- 5 tbs finely crushed peanuts
- 4 tbs peanut butter
- 1 tbs soy sauce
- 1 tbs honey/agave syrup
- Dried chili
Heat up your oven on 180° celsius. Wash the veggies and soak the bamboo sticks in water – this will prevent them from burning later.
Then, heat a pot of water, cut the okra and corn in half and cook them for approx. 5 minutes. (Don’t cook until done! They will be grilled later and you don’t want them to become soggy). Chill them in cold water and place them in a bowl with ice cubes to prevent a loss of colour.
In a big bowl, dissolve salt, sugar and curry powder adding a few drops of hot water to melt the ingredients. Once it’s homogenous, you can add the oil and lime juice. Marinate the veggies in this dressing and make sure that they are all slightly covered with it. If not, add some more oil.
After that, cut the mushrooms and eggplant (depending on size) in quarters. Now, it’s time to mix and match and put your veggies on the sticks! Place them in the oven for ca 20-30 min until they have become slightly brown. Check on them regularly.
Let’s prepare the sauce in the meantime. In a deep pan, roast the peanut crumbles. (Watch this process attentively as these little bastards can turn from “pale” to “burnt” in seconds.). Then, lower the heat and add the soy sauce, sugar, a bit of chili and a dash of salt. Once everything’s dissolved, you can add the peanut butter and a few cls of water. Mix the sauce gently until it has become a creamy, thick sauce. Do this rather on lower heat because otherwise the peanut butter can turn into having a weird texture which makes it impossible to emulsify with the water.
Get the skewers out of the oven and serve them with the sauce! Enjoy!