Sambal oelek

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Fire Islands: Recipes from Indonesia

Fire Islands

By Eleanor Ford

Published 2019

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This is the most basic sambal, fiercely hot and quick to make. Jars of sambal oelek can be bought in many Asian shops and can be used in place of fresh chillies in cooking.


  • 250 g (9 oz) large red chillies, stalks removed
  • 1 teaspoon dark palm sugar (gula


Heat a heavy frying pan until smoking hot. Tip in the whole chillies and dry roast for a few minutes. Blitz to a paste in a food processor with the palm sugar and salt. Store in a jar in the fridge for a week or so.