Not everyone like this sambal because it is made from shrimp paste (terasi) and the smell can be extremely repulsive. Shrimp Paste is made from fermented ground shrimp, sun dried and then cut into fist-sized rectangular blocks. It is not designed, nor customarily used for immediate consumption and has to be fully cooked prior to consumption since it is raw. However, Sambal Terasi is quite popular among Indonesians.
Category : Sambal
Difficulty : Easy
Cooking time : 15 minutes
– 10 red bird’s-eye chillies
– 1 fresh tomato, chopped
– 5 shallots (1 red onion), peeled and sliced
– 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced
– 1 teaspoon dried shrimp paste (terasi), toasted
– 1 teaspoon Palm sugar
– a pinch of salt
1. Heat oil and saute shallots, chillies, garlic and tomato until they are fragrant. Take out from the wok and set aside.
2. Grind or blend all the fried ingredients with dried shrimp paste, salt and palm sugar, until smooth.