Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins
Also known as Sambal Oelek, this fiery sauce is used as an accompaniment for many dishes or as a sauce in a main dish. You'll find a lot of Indonesian recipes call for it, as well as some Thai dishes. The Thai version, though, as I've found with many Thai recipes, ends up using a few more ingredients, like lemongrass. The Indonesian version is nice and simple, though, and packs a bigger punch in my opinion, and the hotter the chilies you use, the better!
- Place the seeded chilies in a pot of boiling water, and cook for 7 or 8 minutes, then drain and run through a food processor, making sure not to make it too smooth (you don't want it too watery).
- Transfer the chili paste into a screw-top glass jar and stir in the salt. Screw on the lid and store in the refrigerator for later use. It should keep for several weeks.