Indonesian Sambal

  • Yield 16 servings

A sambal is a fiery mixture served with Indonesian dishes. The classic sambal is Sambal Oelek, made with tiny bird chilies. You can use any chili pepper you like.


1/2 cup chili peppers, halved and seeded, if desired
5 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon lime juice


  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor fitted with the metal blade or a blender and blend or process until smooth. Place in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate up to two weeks. Makes about 1 cup. 



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