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Sambal Cabe Ijo Padang - Padang Green Chili Relish

This is your basic sambal cabe ijo for Padang cuisine fans out there. This chili sauce, though I would personally call this a relish instead of sauce due to its chunky texture, is easy to make and tastes great either by itself or with simply boiled or steamed vegetables. I love this sauce so much sometimes I take my lalap with this instead of the regular sambal terasi. ♥

Sambal Cabe Ijo Padang
Sambal Cabe Ijo Padang

Sambal Cabe Ijo Padang - Padang Green Chili Relish

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 45 mins

Serves: 4

Print Recipe


  • 100 gram green chilies (Indonesian: cabe ijo besar)
  • 5 shallots (Indonesian: bawang merah)
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (Indonesian: jeruk nipis)
  • 3 tomatillos (Indonesian: tomat hijau), thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 50 gram Medan anchovies (Indonesian: ikan teri Medan)


  1. Steam green chilies until soft.
  2. Place green chilies and shallots in a food processor and pulse two or three times. Or you can use a mortar and pestle.
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan, add green chilies mixture and lime juice and sauté until fragrant.
  4. Add sliced tomatillos, salt, and sugar. Mix well. Add anchovies, mix well. Cook until the tomatillos are tender and really start to fall apart. Turn off heat and transfer to a serving bowl.
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  • tuti tuti says:

    Hi Anita Thanks for the recipe, I tried and my family like it so much!

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Tuti, thank you for the feedback :) I am so happy your family love it.

      • Chika Chika says:

        Hi Anita, saya pengen bikin sambel cabe ijo Padang. Bisa subsitusi tomatillos nya dengan yang bahan lain enggak? makasih banyak!

        • Anita Anita says:

          Hi Chika, paling deket tomat yah, tapi pilih yang belum matang sebisa mungkin, jadi masih yang agak-agak hijau. Dan kalo pakai tomat, jumlahnya 1/2 saja soalnya tomatillos lebih kecil ukurannya dibanding tomat biasa.

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