Indonesian Hot Sauce Sambal Oelek

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Sambal Oelek

A spicy hot red sauce called Sambal Oelek may be the most popular of the hundreds of varieties of Sambals in Indonesian cuisine.

The name Sambal Oelek means a mortar-ground Sambal or savory sauce, because it is typically ground in a stone mortar.

Sambal Oelek is probably the most familiar hot sauce served to accompany Indonesian food.It’s probably essential for a Rice Table or Rijsttafel meal.

It is probably the most useful one to have on hand, and is sold ready-made in many Asian markets.

Unfortunately,m unless you use a lot of it, Sambal Oelek tends to have a short shelf life once opened, even in the refrigerator.

You can always make your own.  Here is a simple recipe, which produces a small amount for serving at a simple Indonesian meal or Rice Table. This recipe, like many home-made ones, tastes better, too, than what you can buy in a store.

Sambal Oelek

Ingredients:

12 large Red Chilies
½ teaspoon Shrimp Paste
½ teaspoon Salt
1 tablespoon Tamarind Juice
1 teaspoon Sugar
1 teaspoon grated Lime Peel
2 Green Onions, white part only
2 cloves Garlic

Method:

First, seed and crush the Red Peppers and chop them coarsely.  Chop the Lime Peel finely, also the Onions and Garlic.  Combine all the ingredients and mix together in a blender or food processor.  If you have a mortar and pestle, you can use it.  You may want to add a little water to make the mixture smooth. This suac eis bestg when freshly made but will keep in the refrigerator for a few days.

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