Sambal is a spicy relish that is usually served as a side dish to a meal.
Sambal features a lot in Indonesian and Malaysian cuisine.
The simplest sambal is made from chillies and salt but the more elaborate sambals can contain onion, garlic, lemongrass, vinegar, lime juice, sugar, fruit and nuts.
You use the sambal as a relish and usually you spread the sambal on meat that you want livened up with a bit of spicy heat.
There’s a recipe for a delicious tamarind sambal in the relish recipe category on the Curry Focus website that you can try out.
There are lots of different types of sambal that you can buy from your local Asian store, if you don’t want to make one yourself.
But it’s much more fun to make your own sambal. Why not give it a go?