Oats Dumplings In Peanut Sauce

Cilok, chewy dumplings in spicy peanut sauce, is a popular Indonesian street food. In this recipe, we make the dumplings using oats and tapioca starch to create a signature chewy texture and mix in ground toasted dried shrimp, scallions, garlic, salt, sugar and pepper to add a flavorful umami taste. We then boil the dumplings until cooked and serve with a quick and spicy peanut sauce.

under 30 mins
dinner lunch

Ingredients for servings

    For the dumplings

  • 1 cup Quaker Oats ground into flour

  • 1 cup tapioca starch

  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced

  • 2 tbsp dried shrimp, toasted and ground

  • 2 cloves garlic grated

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp sugar

  • 0.5 tsp ground pepper

  • warm water

  • For the peanut sauce

  • 0.25 cup chunky peanut butter

  • 1 tbsp sambal oelek

  • 0.25 cup palm sugar or brown sugar

  • 1 tbsp fish sauce

  • water

  • 1 tbsp kecap manis Indonesian sweet soy sauce


  • For the dumplings - Combine ground oats, tapioca starch, scallions, dried shrimp, garlic, salt, sugar and ground pepper in a mixing bowl. Add water in batches and work into the dough until no longer sticky. You may not need to use all the water. If you end up with a runny dough, fix it by adding equal amounts of oat flour and tapioca starch. Shape into 32 balls.

  • For the dumplings - Boil a large stockpot full of water. Gently drop the dough into the boiling water. Once the dumplings float to the surface, cook for another 2 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon. Serve immediately with peanut sauce.

  • For the peanut sauce - Place all ingredients in a saucepot. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until the mixture is combined.

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