Malaysian Sambal Sauce

Malaysian Sambal Sauce

A popular condiment in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore, sambal is a hot sauce made from chiles, spices, herbs, and aromatics.
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  • Serves: 16 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Add the garlic, turmeric, galangal, lemongrass, hydrated dried chiles, fresh chiles, and 2 tablespoons water to a food processor or blender. Pulse, then process, scraping down the bowl frequently with a silicone spatula until a smooth paste forms, 8 to 9 minutes. Add the shallots and pulse, scraping down the bowl occasionally, until the mixture is just combined, and the shallots are still coarse and visible, about 1 minute more.
  3. Step 3

    Heat the oil in a wok or medium nonstick frying pan over very low heat. When the oil is moderately hot, add the paste mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, until just fragrant, about 10 minutes.
  4. Step 4

    Add the fish sauce, palm sugar, and tamarind paste.
  5. Step 5

    Continue to cook the paste on very low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar melts and the solids begin to separate from the oil, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Use immediately or let cool, then refrigerate or freeze for future use. Enjoy.