Simple Sambal Balado

This simple sambal balado is so easy to make and absolutely divine. It’s super versatile too and goes well with prawns, squids, boiled eggs, potatoes and even beef.

Sambal is an integral ingredient in Indonesian cuisine. There are so many different types of sambal it’s hard to keep up with. But really that’s just better for us foodies. Sambal simply put means chili sauce, and is usually made with red or green chili. The chillies are usually combined with other ingredients like shallots, garlic and sometimes they will have some kaffir lime leaves & lemongrass in certain types of sambal.

The great thing with this simple sambal balado is that not only will it make your dishes spectacular, it’s so versatile that you can have make the texture of the sambal how you like it. Anywhere from smooth to rustic. Enjoy!

Simple Sambal Balado

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Recipe by Dad’s Home Kitchen with Jase Pashley Cuisine: Indonesian
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  • 1 Tbsp 1 olive oil

  • 1 tsp 1 sesame oil

  • 100 g 100 red chilies

  • 1 1 large tomato seeded

  • 100 g 100 shallots

  • 2 2 cloves garlic

  • 3 3 kaffir lime leaves

  • 2 tsp 2 sugar

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 salt or to taste

  • 1 1 lime juiced


  • Add your shallots, fresh chili, garlic and tomato in a food processor. You can wiz them until fine or roughly chopped to your preference.
  • Preheat your skillet with olive & sesame oil. Add the ingredients from the food processor, kaffir lime leaves & stir fry for approx 5 minutes or until smelling fragrant,
  • Continue to cook until the mixture is no longer wet or dry.
  • Then just as it’s ready, squeeze you lime juice in & stir though for about 30 seconds.
  • You can either then use it for another dish straight away or let the sambal balado cool down completely so you store in a glass jar container for up to 1 week in the fridge.

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