More Sambal! Yes Absolutely, this is Bali!

This light in flavour and soft in texture tomato chili sauce is widely served in Balinese cuisine to accompany fried appetizers and a variety of main dishes. It is very similar to Sambal Terasi (Shrimp Paste Chili Sauce), another very popular and widely served sambal in Indonesian cuisine. This one uses all the ingredients from Sambal Terasi except the shrimp paste. The omission of the shrimp paste makes it more suitable to serve with a wider variety of foods and thus more popularly had everywhere in Bali.


Sambal is crucial to Indonesian cuisine! Indonesian people rarely eat a meal or a savory snack without a variety of Sambal (spicy paste, usually including chilies, a mix of spices, fruits, vegetables or peanuts) or sauce. As I am sharing a variety of Indonesian/Balinese cuisine recipes for you to try at home, I am also sharing with you videos and links that cover all you need to know to plan your trip to Bali. This is a destination that you will love and fully enjoy, whether you are traveling alone, as a couple or group of friends or even as a family. There is something for everyone to enjoy in Bali. In my previous posts (Peanut Satay Dip) and (Sweet Soy Dip), which besides sharing the recipes, I had also shared with you many options for where to stay in Bali (covering all budgets), and a video for the top 30 restaurants to visit while in Bali as well as a full travel guide to Bali and a comprehensive list of where to shop. In today’s post I am sharing with you the one video that covers the top 50 things to do in Bali, all of which are beautful and I have tried myself over the duration of the 30 days I stayed there. They really are fun and must do when there. I have also included links for the best beach clubs in Bali, going to beach clubs is the island’s favorite thing to do and you will enjoy them too. Check the links at the end of the post. I am hoping that by the end of my Bali series posts, you will have a full picture of what to do, what to eat, where to stay and what to buy… a comprehensive understanding of the destination BALI… so read on, enjoy and cook this amazing food at home, and consider a trip to Bali, it is so much fun.



5-7 cloves garlic

1 large onion, roughly chopped

2-4 red and green chilies

1/2 tbsp vegetable or seed oil

2 large tomatoes, diced

1 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar


Using a pestle and mortar, grind the garlic, onions and chilies until a smooth paste forms. (you can also use a food processor, but the traditional method tastes better)

Heat the oil and saute the paste for a minute until fragrant and slightly browned.

Add the tomatoes, salt and sugar and saute until the tomato breaks down completely.

Serve warm next to mains, rice and fried appetizers.


The fresh tomato, makes this sauce delicate and so it spoils quickly. Consume within 2-3 days.

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