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Lalap Sambal Terasi - Sundanese Vegetables with Shrimp Paste Chili Relish

If you have never tried sambal terasi before, please do yourself a favor and make this in your kitchen, pronto. You will want to have this with almost everything, from fried chicken, perkedel, fried rice, soto, and most of all would be with assortment of fresh and simply boiled vegetables, a.k.a. lalap in Indonesian. As for what vegetables to include, well, there is no fixed rule to follow. If your favorites include broccoli, snake bean, basil, tomatoes, eggplants, zucchini, you are free to add that and remove some or even all the vegetables in the recipe below. In short, use the ones that make you happiest. ♥

Lalap Sambal Terasi – Sundanese Vegetables with Shrimp Paste Chili Relish

Lalap Sambal Terasi - Sundanese Vegetables with Shrimp Paste Chili Relish

5.0 from 1 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 1 hour

Serves: 8


  • Sambal Terasi
  • 4 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 tomato, cored and seeded
  • 5 shallots
  • 100 gram red chilies (Indonesian: cabe merah keriting)
  • 1/2 tablespoon shrimp paste (Indonesian: terasi)
  • 2 tablespoon palm sugar (Indonesian: gula merah/gula Jawa)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • Vegetables
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and cut into 2 inch lengths
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into 2 inch lengths
  • 15 green beans, cut into 2 inch lengths
  • 1 chayote (Indonesian: labu siam), peeled, cored and cut into cubes
  • 100 gram cabbage, cut into bite size pieces


  • Sambal Terasi
    1. Heat cooking oil in a frying pan, fry the tomatoes and shallots until softened. Set aside.
    2. With the same pan, fry the chilies until softened. Set aside.
    3. In a food processor, grind tomatoes, shallots, chilies and the rest of the sambal terasi ingredients to a fine paste.
  • Vegetables
    1. Prepare a steamer. Steam carrots, green beans, chayote, and cabbage until tender and cooked, about 10 minutes.
  • To serve
    1. Arrange cucumber and all the steamed vegetables on a plate. Serve with sambal terasi.


  • Yenni Beuker says:

    Beautiful and looks delicious!

    • Anita says:

      Thanks Yenni. If you happen to like the chili relish, it is quite tasty with fried/roast chicken as well.

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