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

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

  • Author: Nunuk Sri Rahayu
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Sauces & Sambals
  • Method: Smoking
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Vegan


Sambal dabu-dabu is a popular chopped chilli sambal from Manado. This version incorporates lime zest and green tomatoes for extra freshness, complementing the dark, full flavour of coconut oil.


  • 1 red tomato, deseeded, diced
  • 1 green tomato, quartered, chopped
  • 4 red bird’s eye chillies, sliced
  • 4 green bird’s eye chillies, sliced
  • 2 shallots, peeled, thinly sliced
  • Lime zest from half a lime, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • Salt to taste
  • 0.5 tsp sugar
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil


  1. Put all the ingredients except the coconut oil in a bowl, mix together thoroughly.
  2. Heat the coconut oil until it smokes, around 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the hot coconut oil in the sambal mix, stir evenly.
  4. Serve the sambal immediately.

    The sambal is ready


  • Coconut oil gives a distinctive flavour to the sambal, but can be substituted with vegetable oil if unavailable.

Keywords: Quick and easy, common ingredients, spicy, green tomatoes, coconut oil