Green Sambal (Sambal Hijau)

Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: 10 Mins Cook Time: 10 Mins Total Time: 20 Mins

Sambal hijau is a type of chilli paste made from green chillies instead of the usual red. It has a fresh flavour from the kaffir lime leaves and is slightly tart from the green tomatoes. It is nice to use for frying with vegetables or as a condiment atop a block of crispy fried tofu.

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0/5 Instructions
  • Chop everything up kind of anyhow. It doesn't really matter because it's going to be mushed later anyway.
  • Pound all the ingredients with a mortar and pestle, or use a blender to blend everything together. The traditional mortar and pestle is preferred as the bruising of the spices allows the oils and aromatics to be released. I don't have a mortar and pestle and I am super lazy, so I use a blender.
  • Heat up 2 tbsp of oil in a non-stick pan on low heat and fry the blended paste. Add salt and sugar to taste.
  • After about ten minutes, the excess liquid should be cooked off, leaving a sexy green sambal paste.
  • Use your sambal hijau to fry some food!


If you like some contrast in your sambal, you can add some red chillies to the mixture.


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