Sambal Belacan

Sambal Belacan


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About this recipe: This is a pungent chilli condiment that is used as garnish over laksa dishes, dipping sauce for simple grilled fish or as a side condiment for any rice meals. It is considered a staple in a Malay household.

Suhara Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Serves: 6 

  • 8 fresh red chilli peppers, sliced coarsely
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon belacan (dried shrimp paste/terasi), roasted
  • 2 small kasturi limes, halved

Prep:10min  ›  Ready in:10min 

  1. To make the sambal belacan: Pound the chillies in a mortar and pestle with a little salt to a medium coarseness. Add the belacan and grind it in evenly. Squeeze the lime juice into the sambal paste just before serving.

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