Easy Sambal Balado (Indonesian Spicy Chili Sauce)

Easy Sambal Balado - Sambalado (Indonesian Chili Sauce)

Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Indonesian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Marvellina
This versatile Indonesian sambal Balado is good as a condiment to many other Indonesian recipes and now you can make it without much fuss with this easy recipe.
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Ingredients to grind:

Other ingredients:


  • Place shallots, chili (if using fresh chili), and garlic in a food processor and finely chopped them
  • Preheat a skillet with cooking oil. Add the ingredients you chopped above (if using premade garlic sambal chili, don't add just yet) and stir fry until fragrant, about 3 minutes
  • Add the premade garlic sambal chili (if not using fresh chili) and stir fry for another minute
  • Add tomato pieces and kaffir lime leaves (if using). Continue to cook until the tomatoes are wilted and softened. Squeeze in lime juice and sugar. Stir to mix. If you are preparing a balado dish, this is the point you add them in and toss with the balado sauce, otherwise, remove from the heat and serve as a condiment to your meal


  • Let the sambal balado cool down completely and store in a glass jar container for up to 1 week in the fridge