Sambal Ikan Bilis

by Honey Ahmad on Fri, December 17, 2010

Cook this up to eat with the healthy nasi lemak. Delicious!

Instead of frying zap the bilis in a microwave

Serves 3 - 4 people

This sambal is fresh with the lemongrass in but pretty spicy

Foodster's Verdict

Sambal Ikan Bilis


  • Preparation
    10 minutes
  • Total
    10 shallots
    15 dried chillies (use more if you like it super spicy)
    5 garlic cloves
    1 inch of tamarind (assam jawa) with 1 cup of hot water
    4-5 tsp raw organic brown sugar
    2 Tbs olive oil
    Cooked ikan bilis

Bake chillies in oven until fragrant for 5mins at 180C. In a blender, blend chillies with shallots and garlic.

Fry mixture in a wok with oil until the oil separates or the chilli mixture gets a little crispy. Add in sugar.

Add in about 1 cup water and let simmer. Keep adding water until you get the right spiciness. After 30-45 minutes add tamarind water. Cook until the sambal turns a slightly darker red. Add in the cooked ikan bilis.

We couldn't stop eating this nasi lemak and felt incredibly satisfied.



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