Sambal Matah ( raw chilli seasoning )

Sambals is rice’s little helper, as we called in Indonesia because not a meal goes past without some sort of sambal or fiery chilli condiment served on the side. Sambal makes the heart sing and warms the soul, comforting the weariest spirit — (fragrant rice by Janet de Neefe)

This sambal matah is the most popular sambals eaten in Bali and usually served with fresh grilled fish or fried chicken. It’s also a wonderful accompaniment to summer salad, grilled chicken and avocado.

Ingredients:


3 small red shallots

1 tsp sea salt

3 tbspn oil

3 large chillies, trimmed and de-seeded

2-3 small chillies

3 tspn finely chopped lemongrass

1 tspn finely chopped or grated ginger

5 kafir lime leaves, shredded

1/2 tspn shrimp paste, grilled

Methods:

Slice the shallots as finely as possible, slice all chillies finely.

Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly, making sure the shrimp paste is blended in. Add sea salt to taste.

note: to grill the shrimp paste, place it on a small piece of foil in the oven or under a griller for 30 seconds until slightly browned.


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