Seeni sambal

Sugar sambal

Preparation info
  • Makes

    1 x 250 ml

    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      35 min

Appears in
Lands of the Curry Leaf

By Peter Kuruvita

Published 2018

  • About

Although its Sinhalese name translates as ‘sugar sambal’, this condiment contains very little sugar. Such an aromatic sambal, it goes with just about everything, not just vegetarian meals, but also meat, chicken and egg curries.


  • 80 g ( oz) seedless tamarind pulp (about 4 tablespoons)
  • 150


Soak the tamarind pulp in the hot water for 15 minutes. Push the mixture through a fine sieve, into a bowl, and discard any fibres.

Heat the coconut oil in a heavy-based saucepan. Add the onion, chilli powder, curry leaves, garlic, cloves, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods and pandan leaf and cook over medium heat, stirring regularly, for 5 minutes, or until the onion is caramelised, but no