A purely addictive combination of flavors. An excellent protein complement condiment for rice. It also makes a nice topping for salads or soups.
Step 1: Fried Garlic
Enough oil to fry the garlic and a 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric.
Fry the garlic in oil to crispy, be careful not to burn it. Take it out of the oil a little before you think it is golden enough as it will continue cooking once out of the oil and easily burns.
But be careful not to take it out too early too as it will just be soggy. This garlic can also be a tasty topping to salads or other dishes. Keep the turmeric oil for adding to salads.
Step 2: Fried Onions
Enough oil to deep fry the onions. Add turmeric to the oil while heating.
Fry the onions to golden brown in the oil. Strain and keep the oil, some of which will be used for frying the ginger and peanuts. Follow the advice given about the fried garlic and beware of either burning or under-cooking the onions. This results in a delicious and sweet flavor. The fried onions can also be used as a topping to other dishes or a tasty addition to salads.
Step 3: Crushed Ginger
Step 4: Crushed Peanuts
Step 5: Cook Ginger and Peanuts
As it is a condiment for rice you can make it hotter and saltier than you might normally. This will compensate for the blander flavor of rice.
Add the ginger and let it cook briefly. Add the peanuts. Keep stirring while they get lightly toasted. Be sure to keep stirring or the peanuts will burn.
Add the fish sauce (or salt for vegetarians) after you have turned off the flame.
Step 6: Putting It All Together
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Usually I make this if I know I am going to be too busy to cook the next coming weeks, or if I am broke. This way I can simply cook up some rice and have a simple nutritious meal with rice and balachaung and maybe some steamed veggies or an avocado for good measure.
This is actually the vegetarian version of a condiment that is served at nearly every meal in Myanmar. Usually balachaung contains powdered dried shrimp.
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