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Deyana’s Sambal Dabu-Dabu Lilang

Deyana’s Sambal Dabu-Dabu Lilang: Manado Chopped Chilli & Lime Sambal (Vegan)

  • Author: Deyana Goh
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Sambals & Sauces
  • Method: Tempering
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Vegan


Sambal dabu-dabu is a popular sambal from Manado, North Sulawesi. Here, chillies, tomatoes and shallots are chopped and mixed. Hot oil and lime juice are then poured over the mix.


  • 3 bird’s eye chillies
  • 2 big red chillies
  • 3 big green chillies
  • 5 shallots, peeled
  • 1 medium-sized tomato
  • Juice from half a lime
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar to taste (optional)

    Sambal dabu-dabu ingredients


  1. Chop all the chillies, shallots, and tomatoes, and put in a big, heat-resistant bowl.

    Chop and mix the ingredients

  2. Mix all the chopped ingredients thoroughly with the salt and sugar, preferably by hand, until the onions start to sweat. About 5 minutes.
  3. In a wok or a pan, heat the vegetable oil over very high heat, until it starts to sizzle. About 3-4 minutes.
  4. Turn off the stove and immediately pour over the chopped ingredients.
  5. Pour the lime juice. Mix well and serve with fried/grilled dishes.

    Mix well and serve


  • Instead of the usual Southeast Asian big green chillies, I used Indian green chillies. These are slightly smaller and thinner, and slightly spicier – somewhere in between green bird’s eye chillies and big green chillies.

Keywords: Spicy, Common ingredients, Quick and easy, tomatoes