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Authentic Sambal Bajak

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Sambal Bajak, is a very versatile condiment to almost the entire Indonesian cuisine. Quite spicy in nature, this sambal is a global craze for satay lovers.
  Red chillies 5 , seeded and sliced
  Red birds eye chillies 5
  Grated nutmeg 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Shallots 6 , peeled and sliced
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Palm sugar 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon, chopped
  Salam leaf 2
  Lemongrass 2 , bruised
  Galangal piece 1 , peeled and sliced (1 Centimeter)
  Tamarind juice 2 Tablespoon
  Salt 2 Tablespoon
  Oil 2 Tablespoon

1. In a blender, add red chillies, bird’s eye chillies, nutmeg, shallots, salt, palm sugar and finely blend.
2. In a skillet, heat oil and sauté ground ingredients together with salam leafs, lemon grass and galangal, stirring until the mixture changes colour.
3. Add tamarind juice and simmer for another minute, then leave to cool.

3. Remove salam leaves, lemon grass and galangal before serving.
4. Serve as condiments or store for upto 1 week.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
25 Minutes
Sambal Bajak is my favorite condiment not only for Asian food but also for Indian food, the heat in the condiment compliments the food in our cuisine.

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