A mulit-purpose condiment, common in Indonesia, Malaysia and southern India. Sambal is condiment that has a chili-based sauce. Sambals are popular in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the southern Philippines, and Sri Lanka, as well as in the Netherlands and in Suriname, through Javanese influence. Typically made from a variety of chili peppers, it is sometimes a substitute for fresh chilis and can be extremely spicy .
Sambal is a spicy, chili based sauce or relish that is popular in many countries across Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia and Malaysia. The sauce consists of ground or pureed chilies and may include small amounts of other ingredients such as citrus juice, shallots, fruit, salt, sugar, or other spices. Making this spicy chili paste is a way to preserve chilies. There are hundreds of varieties of sambal that vary depending on the type of chilies used.
A sambal may contain onion, lime juice, lemongrass, sugar, garlic, oil and/or vinegar.
Sambal is used as an all-purpose condiment. It may be added to noodle dishes, soups, stews, meat, rice, and even eggs. Sambal can also be used to add heat and flavor to marinades, dips, sauces, and spreads.