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Sambal Terasi

If you're a fan of something spicy, you need to try sambal terasi. Also known as sambal belacan, this spicy condiment is very popular and pairs well with fried chicken or lalapan.
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Indonesian, Malaysian


  • 1/2 tablespoon terasi or belacan
  • 10 red chilies
  • 5 Thai chilies more if you like spicy
  • 2 shallots peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic
  • 1 red tomato quartered
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons sugar to taste
  • 4 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Juice of 1 lime


  • Toast the terasi on a dry pan until fragrant, about 5 minutes or so
  • Heat the oil. Cook shallot, garlic, tomato, and chilies until they turn soft
  • Transfer to a food processor. Add salt and sugar; then blend until it becomes a smooth paste. Adjust the seasoning
  • Transfer to a plate and serve with lime juice