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Sambal Tempe: Mashed Tempeh Sambal (Vegan)

Sambal Tempe: Mashed Tempeh Sambal (Vegan)

  • Author: Nunuk Sri Rahayu
  • Prep Time: 7 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1x
  • Category: Sauces & Sambals
  • Method: Pounding
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Vegan


This delicious dish, consisting of fried tempeh coarsely mashed with chillies and garlic, is a quick and easy meal that is both nutritious and addictive.


  • 100 gr tempeh
  • 3 bird’s eye chillies
  • 1 big red chilli
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • Salt to taste
  • Mushroom stock powder (optional)


  1. Deep fry the tempeh until golden brown (around 3 minutes each side), set aside.
  2. Using a mortar and pestle, pound into a fine paste: chillies, garlic, salt and mushroom stock powder.

    pound into a fine paste

  3. Add the fried tempeh.

    Add the fried tempeh

  4. Coarsely crush all the ingredients together.

    Coarsely crush

  5. Toss all the ingredients until they are well mixed. 
  6. Serve immediately.

    Sambal tempe is ready


  • The fried tempeh in this recipe is made using fresh tempe. Leftover fried tempeh can also be used instead.
  • The amount of chillies can be adjusted. For a spicier sambal, use more bird’s eye chillies, and for less spicy, replace the bird’s eye chillies with big red chillies.

Keywords: Vegan, spicy, quick and easy, common ingredients