Sambal belacan

Sambal belacan

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About this recipe: This is a pungent chilli condiment that is used as garnish over laksa dishes, dipping sauce for grilled fish or as a side condiment for any rice meals. It is considered a staple in a Malay household.


Serves: 6 

  • 8 fresh red chilli peppers, sliced coarsely
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon belacan (dried shrimp paste), roasted
  • 2 small kasturi limes, halved

Prep:10min  ›  Ready in:10min 

  1. Pound the chillies in a mortar and pestle with a little salt until you reach a medium coarseness. Add the roasted belacan (shrimp paste) and grind it in evenly. Squeeze the lime juice into the sambal paste just before serving.

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