This recipe of Sambal Ijo is authentic and traditional, as it is locally sourced from hawkers and housewives native to Padang. Don’t miss out on this spicy delicacy!
Things to know about Sambal Ijo Recipe
This spicy green sauce from Padang is known nationwide as sambal ijo, which translates into a spicy green sauce. The locals have another name for this sauce, Lado Mudo, which means young chili in the local Minangkabau language.
This sauce is not as spicy as other sambals in Indonesia because it uses young bird’s eye chili pepper which is green in color. The sambal ijo is often consumed as the trademark sauce for many Padangnese Cuisine, ranging from Rendang to Gulai.
The young chili and green tomatoes used in the dish provided a refreshing earthy flavor that is well complemented by the mild heat of the peppers. This is not a dipping sauce you would want to miss out on, especially for spicy food lovers!
Mouthwatering Indonesian Traditional Green Chili Sauce from Padang. Authentic Recipe of Sambal Ijo.
— General Atributes of This Recipe:
— ADAPT THE SERVINGS OR PORTIONS BY ENTERING YOUR DESIRED VALUE —
- 20 grams (0.71 oz) Green Large Chili Pepper
- 30 grams (1.06 oz) Green Curly Chili Pepper
- 50 grams (1.76 oz) Green Bird’s Eye Chili Pepper
- 5 pcs Shallot Onion
- 3 cloves Garlic
- 1 pc Green Tomato Medium
- 2 pcs Kaffir Lime Leaf
- 1/2 tsp White Sugar – Regular Sugar – Granulated Sugar
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/2 pc Lime
- 1/2 tsp Chicken Bouillon Powder
- 150 mL (5.07 floz) Vegetable Oil
- In a wok, add a small amount of water and cook the chili peppers for a few minutes, do not cook for too long as they will wilt.
- Prepare a stone mortar and pestle.
- Slice the green tomatoes into small dice.
- Using the mortar and pestle, roughly grind the tomato, chili pepper, garlic, and shallots.
- Into a wok, add the vegetable oil, and bring it to heat.
- Fry the chili paste and add the lime leaves, salt, sugar, and chicken bouillon powder, mix well and cook until fragrant.
- Place in a bowl and squeeze the juice of the lime right before serving.
- The dish is ready to be served.
— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:
Cooking tip for making Sambal Ijo
If you want a smoother texture, use a food processor instead of a mortar and pestle.
What to serve with Sambal Ijo?
This dish is best served as a sauce to accompany other Padangnese dishes, like rendang, dendeng balado, and gulai.
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