To those who love something hot and spicy, I know that sometimes it is rather very convenient to just hit the grocery and buy bottled sambal (chilli paste). Would you believe me if I tell you that it is equally easy to whip up your own sambal? Here’s how I make my no-fail sambal!
Chillies (huge, non-hot variety) 6 pcs, deseeded, finely chopped
Chillies (hot variety, depends on how hot you want it to be) 2-4 pcs, deseeded, finely chopped
Half an onion, finely chopped
Red, small shallots, 6 pcs, finely chopped
Garlic, 4 cloves, finely chopped
Lemon grass, 3 pcs (root part), finely chopped
Vegetable oil, 3 tbsps
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ tsp shrimp paste (optional but recommended)
• Pour in oil into hot pan.
• Sautéed: onions, shallots, garlic, and lemon grass. Let sweat for about 5 mins over medium fire.
• Add in the chillies. Let cook for another 5 minutes
• Add in the salt , pepper and shrimp paste (if using). Let cook for another 5 minutes. Serve with your favourite fried dish (chicken, pork chops, fish) or Asian stir fry and enjoy.
About the author: Sheryl is a Filipina mom to 2 awesome kids and wife to 1. She lives in Bali, Indonesia and is loving every minute of it!
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