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Easy Indonesian Sambal Goreng

  • Author: Jess Saunders
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 20 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Sambal Goreng is a fresh and spicy chilli paste that can be used to add a little heat to many meals.  This vegan sambal is ready in under 15 minutes, and keeps up to 4 weeks in the fridge. Perfect when served with Nasi Campur, curries and stir fries.


Units Scale
  • 100g shallots
  • 30g bird eye chillies (about 8)
  • 75g big red chillies (about 5)
  • 50g garlic (10-15 cloves)
  • 1 tbsp miso paste
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp water


  1. Start by chopping all of the fresh ingredients into small pieces so that they’re easier for the blender to mix. Alternatively, you can use a pestle and mortar. If using a pestle and mortar, slice the ingredients very small, to make it easier for you to pound into a paste.
  2. Put all of the ingredients in a blender. Blend all of the ingredients. If using a pestle and mortar pound until a paste is formed - no need to use the water using this method.
  3. Place a frying pan over a medium-high heat, pour the paste into the pan and fry for 2-3 minutes. The oil should start to separate and the paste should thicken slightly.


  • For a slight variation you can make the paste without blending. Instead of roughly chopping the fresh ingredients, slice them very finely and then shallow fry in a frying pan in oil. No need for the 2 tablespoons of oil or water in this option.
  • The finished paste will keep in the fridge for upto 4 weeks, in an airtight container.
  • This recipe uses white miso paste but red or brown miso paste can also be used.
  • This recipe serves around 20, when using one teaspoon per portion. If the serving size is bigger, it will make fewer portions.
  • Don’t switch out the shallots for onions. Onions are much more overpowering than shallots.
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Blender, Stove-top
  • Cuisine: Indonesian

Keywords: sambal goreng, vegan sambal

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