Dried Anchovy Sambal

Dried Anchovy Sambal

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This is a popular Malaysian Sambal known as 'Sambal Ikan Bilis' that uses fried dried anchovies, dried chillies and belacan.


Serves: 6 

  • 150g dried anchovies
  • 4 shallots
  • 8 dried chillies, soak in hot water discard seeds
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2cm belacan, toasted
  • cooking oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced into rings
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind juice
  • 1 pinch salt, to taste
  • 1 pinch sugar, to taste

Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

  1. Fry the dried anchovies until crispy, drain and set aside.
  2. Blend the shallots, chillies, garlic and belacan together until fine.
  3. Heat a little oil in frypan and fry the blended spice ingredients until fragrant.
  4. Add the onion rings and stir well for a few minutes until the onion softens a little.
  5. Add tamarind juice, salt and sugar.
  6. Cook until the sauce thickens and then add the crispy fried anchovies.

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