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Recipe — Basa Gede (Balinese Sauce), Bali, Indonesia. Copyright 2014 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.
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The Dish, Part 1: Basa Gede or Balinese sauce

Basa Gede or Balinese Sauce is the base spice mix for Balinese saté and marinade for the chicken dish ayam be tutu.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: sauce
Cuisine: Indonesian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 400kcal
Author: Desak the Chef


  • 18 shallots peeled and roughly chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic peeled and crushed a little
  • 3 stalks lemongrass chopped roughly
  • 3 Indonesian bay leaves dried
  • 6 candlenuts
  • 2 ” ginger peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 ” fresh turmeric peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 ” kencur peeled and roughly chopped
  • 5 Medium red chillies
  • 1 tsp. peppercorns
  • 1 tsp. coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp. shrimp paste


  • Get that pestle moving, grind the ingredients from hardest to softest.
  • Add a little neutral oil to help moisten the mixture if necessary.
  • The final mixture should not have any identifiable pieces of any ingredient.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 400kcal