Indonesian Peanut Fritters

Addictive Snack with Drinks
Rice Flour, Baking Powder are Key

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Baking Powder

These Indonesian Peanut Fritters, or Rempejek, are addictive, especially with drinks, and are easy to make

They are one example of the small fritters served as snacks or appetizers in Indonesian cuisine.

The addition of a little Baking Powder to the Rice Flour used to make this recipe is the key to the delicate texture and is probably a Fusion touch, reflecting the Dutch colonial heritage. This recipe makes about 20 fritters.

Peanut Fritters



Cooking with rice flour

Rice Flour

1 cup Rice Flour
1/8 teaspoon Baking Powder
½ teaspoon ground Coriander
½ teaspoon Caraway
½ teaspoon Salt, preferably kosher or Rock Salt
1 clove of Garlic, minced
¼ cup Coconut Cream
¼ cup warm Water
1 beaen Egg
1 cup chopped raw Peanuts
2 cups Vegetable Oil, for frying


First, combine the Rice Flour, Baking Soda, Coriander, Caraway, Salt and Garlic in a mixing bowl.  Mix the Coconut Cream with the Warm Water and blend in with the other dry ingredients.  Add the beaten Egg, then fold in the chopped Peanuts. Add Salt to taste.

Next, heat the Oil in a 12-inch skillet until it begins to swirl (approximately 360 degrees Fahrenheit). Drop tablespoon-size portions of the batter into the oil and cook one to two minutes on each side until lightly browned. Drain and sprinkle with Salt.

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3 thoughts on “Indonesian Peanut Fritters

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    • Thanks for your kind comment. You’d probably also like Indonesian Corn Fritters, another great appetizer.
      I can’t think of any store that would sell these ready-made, as they’re best piping-hot, made at home, and no hard-to-find ingredients are involved.
      As for the more exotic and truly hard-to-find Indonesian ingredients, like the special raw sugars, unusual soy sauces, and hot sauces, I can think of several sources, depending on your city or state. Not all sources may be organized to do mail order however. There are a couple that do, specially in the greater New York area.
      Some stores handling Dutch foods do a business in Indonesian foods, both over the counter and mail order, as Indonesian food has become somewhat acclimated in the Netherlands.
      Best regards,

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