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Home made sambal oeleck paste

After having tried the shop bought version of Sambal Oeleck paste, I wanted to try the authentic home made version.

This fragrant paste consists of fresh chillies, garlic, lemongrass, ginger all crushed up in a mortar and pestle. Then I added 1 tablespoon of fish sauce, a squeeze of lime juice and mix well.

I stored in a sterilised glass jar in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.

I actually liked my home made version more than the one I got in the supermarket and would certainly recommend that you try making your own. I used the pestle and mortar to pulverise my paste ingredients but you can easily blend all the wet and dry ingredients together in a blender or small food processor.

These paste mixes are really useful to have in the fridge since they can be used as a quick marinate for meat, fish and a small spoonful can be added to stir fried vegetables to give it that extra “kick”.

Fresh chillies, garlic, lemongrass and ginger in a mortar and pestle


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