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Sambal Andaliman: Batak Green Chilli Sambal with Andaliman Peppers

Sambal Andaliman: Batak Green Chilli Sambal with Andaliman Peppers (Vegan)

  • Author: Nunuk Sri Rahayu
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 11 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1x
  • Category: Sambals & Sauces
  • Method: Pounding
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Vegan


Sambal andaliman is the signature sambal of the Batak people of North Sumatra. The sambal uses green chillies and andaliman peppers found in the Sumatran highlands.


  • 20 small green chilies 
  • 1 big red chili (optional), chopped 
  • 4 shallots, peeled, chopped 
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled, chopped 
  • 1 small lemongrass, use only the white part, chopped 
  • 1 tbsp dried/fresh andaliman peppers
  • Salt to taste 
  • 1 lime (small)


  1. Using mortar and pestle, pound into a slightly coarse paste: green/red chillies, shallots, garlic, lemongrass, andaliman and salt.
  2. Squeeze the lime over the coarse sambal paste, mix well.
  3. Serve immediately.

    Serve the sambal andaliman


  • Squeeze some lime/lemon juice while grinding the chillies to prevent the green chillies from discoloration.

Keywords: Spicy, quick and easy