Seeking Sambal Oelik

Sambal Oelek is an Indonesian chilli paste. It’s hot, so wusses, stay away! But I love it, and if I had a source here for it, I’d use it by the bucketful like I did when I lived in Canada.

My sister and her family recently came through on their way to the Maldives and brought a couple bottles with them. Oh, how I’ve missed the stuff!

I could have some shipped, but considering how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE it, and chillies are easy to find here (they’re as available, or even more so, than green beans or carrots), it’s time I learn to make my own!

The sambal oelek that I have learned to love has three ingredients. Red chillies, vinegar, and salt. Nothing complicated. I’m substituting green chillies for the red, and coconut vinegar for what’s probably white vinegar, and, um, still using the salt.

If any of you happen to have a recipe for Sambal Oelek that has just the three ingredients, by all means, let me know. Or one that’s a bit different, too, as long as you know it’s good. Cuz I gotta have Sambal Oelek in my life! Gotta! Can’t live without it any more!

Author: LMAshton
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