My husband asked me if i could make what he referred to as ”your version of sambal”.. so i made some today.
I was trying to figure out though how my version ended up having hardly anything to do with the original. Has anyone ever heard of sambal with coconut?
At any rate, i would like to call this spicy coconut dust. It is delicious sprinkled ontop of spicy rice, boiled eggs or anything else. And super easy to make.
You will need:
1- medium onion (grated finely)
2 large birds eye chillis (more or less to taste)- finely chopped
Approx 1 tablespoon minced ginger
2 large garlic cloves (minced finely)
3-4 teaspoons fish sauce (normally I use a bit of prawn paste but today I didnt have any)
2.5 teaspoons of white sugar
approx 1.75 tsp salt (to taste)
1/3 cup dessicated (fine) coconut
4 tablespoons of lemon or lime juice
Gently sautee the onions in a few tablespoons of oil, add garlic, ginger and chilli halfway and continue stirring until fragrant and the rawness of the ingredients is gone.
Add the coconut and continue stirring on medium heat until the coconut is golden brown (do not burn). Once toasted, add salt, sugar, fish-sauce, and lime or lemon juice. Taste to balance flavours. If excess oil remains, strain out gently before serving.