This sambal is really easy to make and goes well with almost everything. All the ingredients except the fermented shrimp paste are fresh. The amount of chilli can always be adjusted depending on how spicy you want it to be.
You’ll almost always find sambal terasi in Indonesian restaurants just about anywhere in the world. It’s also a favourite in Malay cuisine, where it is called “sambal belachan”. The key to a good sambal terasi is to balance the shrimp paste and the chili flavour — the fermented shrimp paste flavour can be overpowering, which should be avoided.Print
Sambal Terasi: Sambal with Roasted Shrimp Paste
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Sambals & Sauces
- Method: Pounding
- Cuisine: Indonesian
- Diet: Halal
Sambal terasi is one of Indonesia’s favourite sambals. Besides chillies, it features roasted shrimp paste as the main ingredient, giving it an extra kick. Known as sambal belachan in Malay.
- 5 bird’s eye chillies
- 3 red chillies
- 1 shallot
- ½ tsp roasted shrimp paste
- 1 small lime
- Salt to taste
- A pinch of brown sugar
- Using a mortar and pestle, pound all the ingredients except the lime, until it forms a coarse paste. Adjust the seasoning.
- Cut the lime in half and squeeze the juice all over. Use the remaining ½ lime as garnish.
- You can also use food processor instead of mortar and pestle, but please make sure not to overdo it. Otherwise, the paste will become too smooth and the sambal will be less enjoyable.
- Bird’s eye chilies are much spicier than big red chilies. If you can’t handle spicy food, you might try using only the big red chilies sparingly.
Keywords: Sides, Condiments, Spicy