This is simple, really. A simple sambal paste that you will use for cooking. It’s simple (if you use the food processor), but I am a big fan of pounding the chillies in the lesung (pestle and mortar). It’s quite cathartic, and you get an amazing red paste of . I usually add more ingredients after to make it into a wonderful accompaniment/sauce. Example, fresh shredded coconut to make Sambal Kelapa (my mother’s favourite!) that makes an excellent relish.
Ingredients: (makes 1 teaspoonful of paste. Multiply for more.)
3-4 big red chillies, or 10 small Bird’s Eye Chillies (but they pack a mightttyy punch!)
1 tsp of water (only if you are pounding it in the pestle and mortar.)
- De-seed the chillies, and chop into small pieces. Wear gloves, wear gloves, wear gloves.
- In the lesung, pound the chillies, occasionally adding a pinch salt to help draw out the liquid, and water to make it easier to mash. Until smooth.
- If you’re using the food processor, add the chillies and a pinch of salt. Blitz until fine.
Here, I added some Ikan Bilis to the lesung while pounding, and I am eating it as a dip/relish with some crunchy unripe mangoes. The sour tanginess of the mango goes really well with the spicy savoury sambal!