Dried Shrimp Sambal


200g dried shrimps, soaked, cleaned and lightly pounded
2 tbsp tamarind paste mixed with 100ml water, strain to obtain juice
4 kaffir lime leaves, finely sliced
1/2 cup oil

Spice ingredients (ground to a paste)

5 dried chillies, soaked
7 red chillies, seeded
10 shallots
2 cloves garlic
2 stalks lemongrass
1/2 tsp turmeric powder


3 tbsp sugar or to taste
1/2 – 3/4 tsp salt or to taste
1/2 tsp chicken stock granules


Heat oil in a wok and fry ground spice ingredients over medium low heat until aromatic. Add tamarind juice. Fry for a while.

Add dried shrimps. Stir-fry until well combined.

Add kaffir lime leaves and seasoning.

Reduce the heat and keep frying until mixture is dry and crumbly (to the desired texture).

Dish out and leave to cool.

This sambal can be spread on bread slices or even served as a condiment for fried rice.


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