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Sambal oelek

Sambal oelek is a chile paste made of pounded or chopped fresh red chiles flavored with salt, a little sugar and vinegar. It´s pure chile flavor. 

While it's easy to find jars of sambal oelek in grocery stores, you can also make this condiment at home.


1 lb chili pepper (fresh red cayenne chiles, rinsed, stemmed and roughly chopped)
2 t salt
2 t sugar (or to taste)
2 T vinegar (optional)


Place the chopped chiles, salt, sugar, and vinegar in a food processor or mortar and pestle. Blend or pound the ingredients until they form a coarse paste. Use or store.

Preparation time
2 cup


Store the sambal oelek in a jar in the refrigerator. It should keep for about a month.

Sambal oelek is a very hot paste, a little goes a long way. If sensitive to heat, dilute the paste with vinegar, water or soy sauce.

This vibrant condiment is not just for Indonesian food. It's a versatile addition that can spice up a wide array of dishes, adding a burst of heat and flavor wherever it's used.


Indonesian cuisine

Other uses for sambal oelek

sauces, pastes, condiments
very easy, blend, mix
Indonesian food recipes
Food in Asia