Petai Beans or Parkia Speciosa or Stinky Beans, or in Indonesian language: Pete. I love petai beans chili. At home, it is very easy to find fresh petai beans, but here so far I can only find it canned. It is fresher and more crunchy cooking with the fresh petai beans compare to the canned one. What I like about the canned one that it doesn't leave any petai smell after eating it.
While the fresh one did, so you just have to eat fresh cucumber or gargle a cup of dark coffee.
Well not too bad to "cure" my craving for it ;-)


  • Here is my version of Petai Beans Chili

  • Ingredients:

  • 1 can of petai beans, rinse well

  • 250ml of coconut milk

  • 1/2 tomato, cut small

  • 7 kaffir lime leaves, scored the leaves

  • 5 pcs of potatoes, cut small

  • 300 gr of prawns

  • 2 pcs of candlenuts

  • 1 knob of galangal, sliced

  • 1 cm of ginger, sliced

  • 1 tsp of tamarind puree

  • Juice from 1/2 lime

  • Blended Ingredients:

  • 13 pcs of red chili,

  • 1 bird eye chili/chili paddy

  • 1/2 tomato

  • 2 cloves of garlic

  • 4 pcs of shallots

  • 125 ml of rice bran oil


  • 1.

    Pound candlenuts until become paste.

  • 2.

    Put all blended ingredients in the blender. Blend until smooth.

  • 3.

    Heat 2 tbsp in a pan and lightly fried potatoes, set aside.

  • 4.

    Using the same pan, fried prawns until just cooked.

  • 5.

    Then set aside.

  • 6.

    Using the same pan, add 1 tbsp oil if needed, pour blended ingredients, add tamarind puree, galangal, ginger, candle nuts and kaffir lime leaves, sautee until fragrant.

  • 7.

    Add potatoes, prawns and petai beans. Also add coconut milk and mix well.

  • 8.

    Bring to boil, then lower the heat. Let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes.

  • 9.

    Add juice from 1/2 lime, mix well, and switch the stove off.

  • 10.

    ~ Ready to serve with steamed rice ~

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (3 servings)

  • Energy 1094kj
  • Fat Total 59g
  • Saturated Fat 23g
  • Protein 37g
  • Carbohydrate 112g
  • Sugar 15g
  • Sodium 622mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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Pound candlenuts until become paste you don't want to have it lumpy, it doesn't taste nice.

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