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Sambal is a condiment or sauce that's highly valued and used daily in Indonesia. It's generally more or less pedis, which means hot as in spicy; that's because the main ingredient is peppers. A good, not too hot base pepper is lombok; rawit peppers are hotter.
If you're not used to eating very hot peppers, use nothing but lombok peppers to make your first sambal. You can always upgrade by adding some rawit or other varieties to a later batch.

There are probably as many sambal recipes as there are Indonesian aunts and grandmothers. This one here is a fairly basic sambal recipe, but not the most basic there is; that would be sambal oelek, which is pretty much ground up lombok peppers and not much else. Boring, right?
So this version uses onions and garlic to add some aroma. And also, the onions help dilute the peppers somewhat, so this sambal is not crazy hot. That makes it suitable for daily use, if you like that kind of thing.
For extra flavour, I've added ginger (djahe); feel free to leave that out if you don't like it. Experiment! Making sambal is easy and fun!

I learned to make this from KKN-Peter at Hack42. Remember kids, brush your teeth, and support your local hackerspace!
Creative_Guy2 months ago


Moem (author)  Creative_Guy2 months ago
Glad you like it!
hubbe1 year ago
Made a batch of this yesterday. With red banana and habanero. Great stuff. Just had a bowl with 1dl yogurth and 1 tbspn sambal. Grrreat, as the tiger would say.
may I add some salt?i really love sambal, makes me sweat :D
Moem (author)  ibnsameer791 year ago
Definitely! It's even in the recipe.
I'm indonesian and i dont know you guys love sambal
Moem (author)  ahmadfarisfs1 year ago
Well, now you know! :-)
Many Dutch people love Indonesian food, and I'm one of them.
AndyGadget1 year ago
We've run out of summer here in the UK so I've harvested my chillies, most of which didn't get to fully ripen.  I think I'll have a go at this recipe with the green (but very hot) ones I've got.
Moem (author)  AndyGadget1 year ago
That sounds like an excellent way to use them. If by any chance you are worried that your sambal will turn out too hot, you can add some sweet bell pepper to the recipe.
rudeo981 year ago
I wanna try it so much! :O
Moem (author)  rudeo981 year ago
You totally should! It's easy.
Awesome! I fell in love with a dish in a local restaurant that has a base of Sambal. I've been looking for a good recipe for it, so thank you!
Moem (author)  jjdebenedictis1 year ago
You're welcome! Glad to know I helped someone.