Sambal Nenas - Pineapple Chili Relish

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Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 40 mins

Serves: 4


  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 5 red anaheim chilies (Indonesian: cabe merah besar)
  • 5 bird eye chilies (Indonesian: cabe rawit)
  • 5 shallots (Indonesian: bawang merah)
  • 3 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih)
  • 1 teaspoon toasted shrimp paste (Indonesian: terasi bakar)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 small ripe pineapple (Indonesian: nenas batu), peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2 inch pieces


  1. Heat oil in a frying pan and sauté anaheim chilies, bird eye chilies, shallots, garlic, and shrimp paste until fragrant and fully cooked, stir occasionally. About 5 to 8 minutes.
  2. Grind the cooked ingredients along with salt and sugar in a food processor (or a pestle and mortar) into a coarse paste.
  3. Mix together the chili paste with pineapple until the pineapple pieces are fully coated with chili paste. Serve immediately.

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