Indonesian sambals are fiery blends of fresh hot chillies and other seasonings that are used as relishes or condiments throughout Indonesia. There are dozens of different sambal recipes; some raw, and some cooked. A sambal is served in much the same way we might use sriracha or tabasco sauce.
They are generally easy to make, especially the raw ones, and this sambal takes no more than 5 minutes. The onions and chillies cure in the lime juice, making it incredibly delicious. Drizzle it over everything for spicy hot flavours. This recipe is the same as Sambal Iris, except that it has basil added to it. It changes the flavour and makes it even more delicious (if that is possible).
Balinese Sambal Dabo Lilang | Indonesian Tomato Relish with Lime, Chilli and Basil
1 medium-sized onion, peeled, cut in half lengthwise and sliced lengthwise into very thin slices
1 small firm ripe tomato, diced in 0.5 cm dice
1 tspn fresh basil, chopped finely
1 small fresh red chilli, seeded and cut lengthwise into very thin strips
1 small fresh green chilli, seeded and cut lengthwise into very thin strips
0.25 cup strained fresh lime juice
fresh lemon zest
Combine everything in a bowl and mix well. Let sit for several hours at room temperature, stirring occasionally. Serve and enjoy.
recipe notes and alternatives
I adore adding shredded Kaffir Lime leaf to the sambal. Also, when in season, add cumquat rind and juice.
Instead of slicing lengthwise, dice the ingredients.