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Sambal Cibiuk: Sundanese Basil Sambal

Sambal Cibiuk: Sundanese Basil Sambal

  • Author: Nunuk Sri Rahayu
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1x
  • Category: Sauces & Sambals
  • Method: Pounding
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Low Fat


A Sundanese chilli sambal that comes from the village of Cibiuk, West Java. It’s a mix of chillies and Indonesian basil leaves (kemangi), eaten with raw or boiled vegetables.


  • 10 green bird’s eye chillies
  • 2 small shallots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cm lesser galangal, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tsp roasted shrimp paste
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp sugar (optional)
  • 2 small green tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup Indonesian basil leaves (kemangi)

Sambal Cibiuk Ingredients


  1. Using a mortar and pestle, coarsely pound the chillies, shallots, garlic, lesser galangal, shrimp paste, salt and sugar.

    Pound the ingredients together

  2. Add the green tomatoes. Gently press them and mix with the coarse paste.
  3. Add the basil leaves.
  4. Toss everything together until well-mixed.
  5. Serve immediately.


  • Fresh Ingredients are crucial to make this sambal and always prepare it just before serving.
  • This sambal cannot be kept too long as the taste will be altered.
  • Enjoy the sambal with fresh raw or boiled vegetables, along with fried tempeh or fried chicken.

Keywords: Spicy, Healthy, Chilli, Garlic, Galangal, Shrimp Paste, Shallots