Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Balado - Indonesian Chili Sambal (sauce)

As long as I remember... balado is the most known "chili sauce" in Indonesia. That because this kind of chili sauce can be made almost with everything or even for a dipping sauce.
Balado can be cook together with fried or boiled egg, fried chicken, tofu, seafood and vegetables. So, this type of sambal is the most "helpful" dish for every housewife in Indonesia, because with only one sauce we can prepare a different kind of dish everyday! 
What more helpful than that?! :)

This chili sauce recipe is pass down from generation to generation in Indonesia. Sometimes the daughter will add more spice of maybe the grand daughter will less some spice but the most basic ingredients for balado sambal is shallot, chili, tomato puree together and saute with sugar and salt to taste. You can add a hint of asian spice if you prefer your balado sambal have a fragrant like mine, or maybe you can add tamarind or even shrimp paste to make a different kind of taste.

Ingredients :

  • 8 medium Shallot (indonesian shallot is smaller, so use a half of it if you don't use asian shallot)
  • 2 cloves Garlic 
  • 150 gram Red Chili, deseed
  • 5 pcs Green Chili Padi (optional, if you prefer your balado sambal more spicy you can add more or less)
  • 1 large Tomato, cut into cubes
  • 2 pcs Kaffir lime Leaves
  • 2 pcs lemongrass (only use 5cm from the bottom of lemongrass)
  • 2 cm turmeric, peeled
  • 2-3 tbsp Canola Oil
  • 3 tbsp Water
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
Directions :

  • Puree : shallot, red chili, green chili padi, garlic, turmeric with a mortar or blender until all the ingredients become a thick paste. 

  • Smash half part of lemongrass (the bottom part) to release more lemongrass fragrant when it cookes.

  • In a pan, canola oil, stir in the chili paste, stir for a minute.
  • Add the kaffir lime leaves and the lemongrass, saute until it's fragrant.

  • Stir in tomato that have cut into cubes, add water, sugar and salt.
  • Stir continuously in low medium heat until the tomato is disintegrated and all the water is run out.
  • Taste, you can add more sugar or salt if necessary.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Enjoy! ;) 

Balado sambal have a rich taste of flavor.
A slightly sour taste from the fresh tomato, a sweet one from sugar and a little kick of hot from red chilli and a fragrant of kaffir lime leaves & lemongrass.
You can experience with a different taste you prefer to add more of asian spice herb, as long as the original and basic ingredients is not less.

On the next post I'll share one recipe based from this sambal-sauce :)

When you have try this balado sambal, then you will know why this simple sauce become one of the best known sambal-sauce at Indonesian kitchen ;)

Stay Healthy & Loves Your Kitchen More! ;) 

This post is my october entry for Indonesian Food party at Bonita's Cooking and Bento Wonderland.

Difficulty : Easy
Cooking Time : < 45 minutes (including the preparation)
Makes : 1 serving sambal sauce 


  1. Wah.. aku lihat pete-pete ityuuu.. huuuhuu... kangen makan pete Elies.. :((
    your Sambal balado is just perfect and my fave one.. I usually eat that with roasted eggplant... 2 piring nasi hangat ngepul.. pasti abis deh.. :))

  2. @Citra
    pete"? pete yg mana yakk?? haha ha!
    That's smelly bean is for my next dish citra, I don't eat that, but for the cause of blogging I'm cooking it! LOL
    WoW, suka pete ya? kemaren beli 2 , 1 ipake utk next dish, 1 nya lagi kasih si mbak bw pulang... I wish I can fed-ex that to u my dear :D
    Tq fr ur kind comment citraaa!! hidup sambal!! ;)

  3. Wow - that looks GREAT! I can see how you can use this in lots of things...I'm not usually one for hot sauces, but this one is really fantastic! GREAT job! Buzzed!

  4. I often keep balado without any other ingredients (fish or veggies) so I can switch it into nasi goreng or mie goreng or other stir fry seasoning.

  5. What a beautiful sauce...and your photos are just stunning :)

  6. @Ann
    Tq ann fr the buzz!
    Yes This sauce is a mosthealful one in our kitchen, and if u're can't stand of a hot sauce u can add more the tomato and less the chili, and more the sugar, there's a lot of version in Indonesia depending fr the palate who anjoy it :)

  7. @Peppy
    agree with u peppy!! this sambal is great fr freid rice or fried noodle! well just to have this with a warm rice is an indulgence fr us didn't? ;)

  8. @Lizzy
    Tq fr ur kind comment lizzy! ;)

  9. A go-to sauce is essential for any cook and it will be a pleasure to be able to add yours to our repertoire of easy and versatile condiments. It's so colorful as well, just beautiful!

  10. Hi Elies! What a beautiful picture of the front cover! It looks a little bit spicy that we probably need to adjust the spice, but this must go well with anything! I like that you pass this recipe to descendant. That's food with history and I love it!

  11. this is a must in my kitchen Elies, but yours is tastier

  12. I love sambal balado...:)!! And great step-by-step pictures!!

  13. i'm not a big fan of hot sauces, or anything hot, but hubby LOVES them. I have to try your version. beautiful photos

  14. Ummm looks so flavorful,.will try this svometime

  15. At last i found it..:)..do u know at my hometown there is 'indonesian warung'.every weekend either at night or day time i'll going there and my favourite menu is 'nasi putih + ayam goreng 2 ketul + sambal balado..:).its very nice..will try to make it myself with your menu..cheers!

  16. Thank You for sharing ingredients, Definitely i will try to make sambal sauce at home

  17. Thank you for sharing. My grandparents Indonesian recipes passed away with them. I was too little to learn how to make them but I can still remember hearing the names of the dishes, seeing the dishes and tasting the dishes. Sambal was something that was always put on our food but in moderation because it was so hot. Im super excited to make this and taste it. It will be just like my grandma and grandpa used to make it.

  18. This sauce is addicting! It keeps me making lots of nasi lemak and nasi goreng. Thanks for your delicious recipe!

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