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Indonesian Sambal Sauce recipe

Sambal is a hot sauce made from chili peppers with many other ingredients such as ginger, lemon grass, fish sauce, shallots and others. It originated in South East Asia. Sambal is usually used as a condiment for a variety of meals. This sauce is quick to make.


  • 8 shallots
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1-4 chili peppers (depending if you want the sauce spicier or not)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 ginger (2cm length)
  • 1 stem lemon grass
  • 10 tamarinds (we will need flesh only)
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 tablespoons oil


Peel and halve the shallots. Cut chili peppers into pieces. Depending on your taste, remove or leave the seeds of chili peppers. Separate the flesh from the seeds of tamarinds. Finely chop the lemon grass.

Using a food processor blend everything until smooth mass.

Heat few drops of oil in a skillet. Transfer the mass to the skillet, add fish sauce, chili powder, salt and cook while stirring until the sauce thickens.

You can eat the sauce still hot or cooled.

What to do with Sambal?

In various cultures Sambal is prepared as a spicy sauce for vegetables, fish, chicken, meat or even soups. However, Sambal is most common in Indonesia. It’s like pasta in Italy or tea in Great Britain.

Indonesian Sambal Sauce recipe
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