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Sambal Rujak: Sambal with Mixed Fruit Salad

Sambal Rujak: Sambal with Mixed Fruit Salad

  • Author: Nunuk Sri Rahayu
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Vegetables, Snacks, Sauces & Sambals
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Low Salt


Sambal rujak is a mixed fruit salad eaten with a sweet and spicy sauce, made using chilies, palm sugar and shrimp paste. Enjoyed as a fruity snack throughout Indonesia, with variations in Malay and Southern Chinese cuisine.


  • 100 gr palm sugar, shaved
  • 1 to 4 bird eye’s chillies (adjust the amount of chillies according to your preference)
  • 1 tsp tamarind pulp (can be substituted with a piece of sour fruit such as unripe mango or Granny Smith apple)
  • 0.5 tsp roasted shrimp paste (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp water


  1. Put the chilli, salt and shrimp paste in a mortar, and then pound all the ingredients until smooth.
  2. Add the tamarind, and mix well. Then add the shaved palm sugar. If the mixture is too dry, add 2 tbsp water.
  3. Continue pounding until you get a smooth, brown paste. It shouldn’t be too liquidy, so you can scoop the sambal with a piece of fruit.

Sambal Rujak close up


  • For extra creaminess, you can add roasted peanuts after step 1, and grind the peanuts to a smooth paste.
  • Use at least 3 different fruits to make it a fun experience. Cut the fruits into bite-sized pieces.

Keywords: Quick and Easy, Shrimp Paste, Belachan, Rojak