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Whether one is having babi guling or nasi pedas, sambal matah is the quintessential chilli dip accompaniment to any Balinese cuisine. Some like it hot, the Balinese like theirs zesty, aromatic and fiery.



10 cloves shallots, sliced thinly

3 heads garlic, sliced thinly

2 stalks lemongrass, white part only, sliced thinly

4 pieces kaffir lime leaves

12 bird’s eye chilli, sliced thinly

Juice from 1 lime


The Method

1) Place all ingredients into a heatproof bowl, add a pinch of salt, ½ teaspoon sugar and mix well.

2) Heat 2/3 cup vegetable oil in a saucepan, pour into the heatproof bowl and mix well.

3) Allow to cool, portion and serve alongside roasted meats or vegetables. Sambal matah keeps well for up to 1 week in fridge and 1 month in freezer.

Categories: Bali Food