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Sambal Tomat - Tomato Chili Sauce

Sambal tomat is a chili sauce from West Java, it is best paired with lalapan (blanched vegetables), fried tofu, fried tempeh, and fried chicken. Since the ingredients are all sauteed before grinding, sambal tomat can be kept for quite a long time, it should be alright for up to one month stored in a clean jar in a fridge. If after the first try, you think you would like to make a bigger batch, just double, triple, or even quadruple the recipe and store the extra in the fridge. ♥

Sambal Tomat - Tomato Chili Sauce
Sambal Tomat - Tomato Chili Sauce

Sambal Tomat - Tomato Chili Sauce

5.0 from 7 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

Serves: 4

Print Recipe


  • 3 tablespoon oil
  • 10 red cayenne chilies (Indonesian: cabe merah keriting)
  • 2 to 10 red bird eye chilies (Indonesian: cabe rawit merah)
  • 8 shallots (Indonesian: bawang merah), peeled
  • 4 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih), peeled
  • 1 tomato, cut into 4 wedges
  • 1 teaspoon toasted shrimp paste (Indonesian: terasi bakar)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon palm sugar (Indonesian: gula Jawa)


  1. Heat oil in a frying pan and sauté cayenne chilies, bird eye chilies, shallot, garlic, tomato, and shrimp paste until fragrant. About 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. Transfer the cooked ingredients to a food processor (or a pestle and mortar), along with salt and palm sugar, and about 1 tablespoon of the cooking oil. Grind into a paste.
  3. Serve immediately, or transfer to a clean jar and chill in the fridge. Always return chilled paste to room temperature prior to serving.
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  • Cindy Cindy says:

    We have been having so much fun in the kitchen as a family lately! I have involved the kids in selecting recipes and making them! We LOVED this tomato sauce!

  • Beth Beth says:

    My family and I love this sauce! Every time I make this, we enjoy it more and more!

  • Noelle Simpson Noelle Simpson says:

    This was perfect!! Great flavors, made a double batch so I have lots!!

  • Anjali  Anjali says:

    Love how flavorful and spicy this sauce is! We used it on tofu and it was delicious!

  • Sharon Sharon says:

    This is my kind of sauce! Perfect on top of grilled beef and chicken.

  • Julia Julia says:

    Me and my family love this chili sauce! It has a perfect texture and and heat:)

  • Lany Susanto Lany Susanto says:

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