The Humble Sambal

As Indonesian we are craaaaaazy about sambal, I don’t think we can live without it. Sometime ago when I heard that the chili price has gone up more than 100% even way more expensive than the beef I could feel the sadness of the Indonesians. But it’s true sambal makes up for everything, it compliments the protein/vegetable dish while it is still a great condiment when paired only with plain rice and krupuk. Anyhow let me share my favorite and easiest sambal ever!


– Bird’s eye chili (becareful on how many chillies you are using)

– 1 shallot

– 2 cherry tomatoes (or 1/2 tomato)

– Pinch of salt

– Pinch of sugar

– 1/2 tsp terasi (dried shrimp paste) terasi can make or break your sambal, so make sure you’re using the best brand around.


– Gather all your ingredients in a pestle and mortar.

– Pound away until all ingredients are smooth, have a taste if you dare and adjust.

– Serve with steamed hot rice and your choice of vegetable/protein dish.

– To obtain the best experience eat with your barehands.

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