Really quick Balinese sambal matah

sambal-matahSambal matah (Balinese raw sambal) is a spice mix that can take any piece of meat or fish from ordinary to wow in 5 minutes. It’s one of my absolute favourites and this recipe will make enough for 4-6 people. I like making it with a mix of red and green chillies (the hotter the better!)


2 shallots( finely chopped)
2 chillies(finely chopped)
2 lemongrass ( finely chopped)
½ tsp shrimp paste ( grill into the oven for 3 minutes)
4 tbsp veg oil
a squeeze of lime juice
salt to taste


Chop all the ingredients finely. Mix together with oil.

How to eat:

Take a little of the sambal with each mouthful of meat or rice you eat. It goes really well with ikan bakar or sate lilit.

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