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Spicy Peanut Butter Sambal

“Maybe we need to warn the neighbor before making some Sambal next time,” I told myself when I heard the neighbors from both side of my apartment sneezing tortuously and repeatedly until the pungent aroma diluted in the air. The air heated up, and it felt burning. White smoke from my wok was poisonously pungent, my nose was running and eyes and skin equally took the fiery punishment. Why did I get myself into so much trouble making a condiment, if you asked me? But it was all worth sneezing and burning when the generously dollop of spicy peanut sambal drop on hot rice.

There are so many types of sambal, and quite frankly, there is no strict measurement for them. Making sambal at home allowed you to customize and personalize the flavor and texture to your liking. If you like spicy, load some chilies. If you like sweet, dump in some sugar. And if you like the zing, squeeze in a whole fresh lime.

My spicy peanut butter sambal is super fresh and perfectly balanced in flavor. Well, the higher side of flavor. It’s very intense and spicy, boosting your appetite and lightening up any simple dish it sits along the side.

Spicy Peanut Butter Sambal

Ingredients: (Adjust the measurement as per your liking)

5 fresh red chilies

10 cloves garlic

5 shallots

4 fresh kaffir lime leaves- sliced

1 tbsp balm sugar

1 tbsp fish sauce

1/2 tsp salt

2 tbsp peanut butter

Juice of 1 whole lime

1 tbsp oil


  1. Blitz red chilies, garlic and shallots roughly in food processor.
  2. Heat oil in the wok and stir fry the chili-garlic-shallot paste along with kaffir lime leaves for 2 minutes or until aromatic.
  3. Add peanut butter, palm sugar, salt, and fish sauce. Stir until mix well.
  4. Remove from the heat and add lime juice. Adjust the taste as per your liking and serve with some rice or along side your main dish.

I can’t tell you how heavenly it taste when this spicy sambal mix with hot rice. I am the happiest girl in the whole wide world when I had this with some boil eggs. If you don’t like spicy, don’t be discourage to try, just be easy on the chili. Check out another type of sambal here, if you need more mouth watering spiciness.


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