I love a little bit of spice to my food but with a 3 year old I can’t just spice up every dish. Sambal is a great way to add a little bit of spice to individual dishes. It’s an Indonesian sauce and widely available here in the Netherlands. It tastes great as a sauce with meat or use it to marinade for example chicken. Delicious! There are many different kinds of sambal but the store bought variants are by far not as tasty as homemade sambal. The homemade Sambal Badjak recipe that I’m sharing with you today has many layers of sweet, sour and spicey. Store bought sambal here in the Netherlands mostly tastes sour and spicy. So if you want to try this delicious spicy sauce I really recommend making your own!
Ingredients for Sweet and spicy Sambal Badjak
- 15 red peppers
- 1 onion
- 20 grams castor sugar
- 8 cloves of garlic
- 100 grams fresh ginger (find out how to grow your own here!)
- 1/4 cup Ketjap Manis
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 table spoon curry powder
How to make Sweet and spicy Sambal Badjak
1. Remove the green tops from the peppers and peel the ginger, the garlic and and onion. Put these ingredients in a food processor and pulse until everything is as small as rice grains and blended.
2. Put a little bit of oil in a frying pan and add the pepper mix. Bake for a few minutes before you add the ketjap, sugar and curry powder. Stir the sambal until blended and heat for another minute or two. Now you can put the sauce in a jar. Keep in the fridge with a little bit of oil on top for a longer shelf life.