peanut sambal (sambal kacang)

This Indonesian dipping sauce(sambal) goes well with many dishes and makes a great snack on its own. Mainly peanut(kacang), it includes all the essential flavors: spicy, salty, sweet, sour. In this recipe, spice is dominant, but not overpowering; as always, feel free to adjust to your tastes.

To make sambal kacang, ingredients are simply pounded together until they reach the consistency you like. You may need to add water if dry. It can be pounded until smooth or left somewhat chunky.

This dipping sauce pairs really well with cucumber. Tomato dipping sauce(sambal tomat) is another common Indonesian dipping sauce. Sambal ulek is a simple chili sauce. Aside from Indonesian dip, similar dipping sauces include Lao sour dipping sauce (ແຈ່ວສົ້ມ), Lao eggplant dip(ແຈ່ວໝາກ​ເຂືອ), and many more.


(serves 2)

2 clove garlic
4 bird’s eye chili
½ tsp salt
2 cup peanut, roasted
1 thumb galangal (optional)
2 shallot, sliced
1 tbsp palm sugar
2 lime juice or tamarind water
water for thinner consistency (optional)

• pound garlic, chili, salt, peanut, galangal, shallot, sugar, lime juice, water
• serve