Wednesday, June 08, 2005

recipe is: Lazy Man's Sambal

this is very simple sambal made with very few ingredients but tastes heavenly. it was passed down to me by my mother-in-law. i just tweaked it a bit.


12 red chillies (add a few dried chillies if prefer it to be spicier)

5 big onions

3 pips garlic

1.5 heaped tablespoon tamarind pulp (added to 170 ml of water and strained)

150 gms ikan bilis (small dried anchovies)

salt and sugar to taste

6 tablespoon of oil


Cut the chillies in to 3 segments each

Peel and cut the onions into large chunks

Peel garlic

Throw chillies, onions and garlic into blender and blend just for a little while, we want chunky bits, not a paste

Heat 4 table spoon of oil to a medium flame and fry the ikan bilis for 5-8 minutes

Dish up ikan bilis and discard the oil

Heat 2 tablespoon of oil on small flame and fry the chillies, onions and garlic for 8 minutes. Turn up the flame to medium and add in the ikan bilis and fry for another 8 minutes.

Add the strained tamarind juice

Add salt and sugar to taste

Stir fry for another 5 mins

Serve with hot white rice or bread.

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