Sambal Tomato (chili salsa)
Because it is almost Christmas I’m testing all kinds of sambals (chili salsas). This sambal tomato or Indonesian chili salsa is less spicy because tomato paste is mixed in. This sambal doesn’t need much cortex energy because this sambal is super simple to make.
Tasty tomato paste
I do take into account the type of tomato paste though. Some are too sour or salty because of preservation and I do not like that so much. I opt for an Italian tomato paste made from pomodori tomatoes. This one is delightfully tender and soft. Try a few before using. Small cans of tomato paste are not expensive and you just need a teaspoon. I use the rest for my tomato soup.
Sambal Tomato # 18 translated from Beb Vuyk’s Groot Indonesisch Kookboek
- 5 lomboks
- 1/2 teaspoons of salt
- 1 tsp tomato paste
Make sambal ulek or sambal trassi and stir in a teaspoon of tomato paste. This sambal does not last long, even in the fridge.
I do not have sambal ulek in my fridge, so I rub a few peppers with trassi and salt together in my mortar. I add a teaspoon of tomato paste and stir it through. That’s it. Leave the trassi out if you want to eat vegetarian.
Are you looking for more Indonesian chili salsas that can be made on the spot? Check out this list of all the quick sambal recipes on this blog.