Fried Shrimp Paste Sambal

Origin: East Java
Source: Eka Dianawati, a friend and ex colleague


  • 3 pc large red chillies, chopped
  • 5 pc small red chillies / bird chillies
  • 3 pc shallots
  • 1 gloves garlic
  • 1 tsp roasted / fried dried shrimp paste/terasi
  • 1 pc mid-size tomatoes, halved
  • ½ tsp sugar or palm sugar
  • salt or to taste
  • 3 tbsp oil to fry

Fried Shrimp Paste Sambal

Attention: HOT & SPICY!! This relish is made for Chilli Fans who are keen of spicy Indonesian Sambal & doesn't bother with the smell of dried shrimp paste or Terasi ;-). This is one of my favorite sambal among others. Serve with fried tempe, tahu or fried chicken, sliced cucumber or any vegetable salad that you have in a fridge …hmm what an delicious temptation ha ha…
Last but not least, thx & credits goes to Eka Dianawati who introduced this delicious sambal many years ago.


  • Heat 3 tbsp oil in a wok or saucepan over medium heat.
  • Fry chillies, shallot, garlic & tomato till just soften. (Do not fry the chillies too long otherwise they will be too hard to grind).
  • Transfer all fried ingredients onto grinding stone (or mortar & pestle) and grind until smooth.
  • Add the dried shrimp paste, pound it together to mix. Add salt & sugar to taste. Stir to mix
  • Serve right away with rice, bruised "Fried Tempeh" and raw vegetables/lettuce.
Keyword hot, Indonesian, shrimp paste sambal, spicy

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