Tomato Peanut Sambal Sambal Achan


Preparation info
  • Makes About 1¼ Cups ; Serves

    4 to 6

    • Difficulty


Appears in
The Barbecue Bible

By Steven Raichlen

Published 1998

  • About

This is one of the milder sambals in the Indonesian repertory—a creamy condiment made nutty with peanut butter, aromatic with cilantro and coriander, and piquant with lime juice. Serve this sambal with any of the Indonesian satés in this book or with Vietnamese, Thai, or Malaysian style grilled meats.


  • ¼ cup chunky peanut butter
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice or distilled white vinegar, or more to taste


  1. Combine the peanut butter, lime juice, sweet soy sauce, and sambal ulek in a small bowl and whisk to mix.

  2. Stir in the tomato, scallions, garlic, cilantro, coriander, salt, and pepper. Taste for seasoning, adding more lime juice, sweet soy sauce, and/or sambal ulek as necessary. The sambal can be refrigerated, tightly covered, for