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Sambal Sotong

Don't we Malaysians love our sambal? Of course. Undeniably. I don't know about you, I on the other hand am an avid fan of sambal. Basically I so love sambal, which is, as I have already told you before (Stingray Spicy Sauce), chilli base. Various types of sambal, potentially though the must use ingredients are chillies, dried or fresh, shallots or onion and the rest, well, any other as per your choice or preference (Grilled Fish Sambal StuffedSambal, Sambal Udang & Sambal Petai Dried Shrimp). Enough said don't you think so? Right. Kaffir lime/limau purut leaves and lemongrass scented and tender sotong/squid in a spicy gravy. 

300g sotong/squids - clean and cut into rings
1 tsp corn flour
1 tsp rice flour
Salt for  taste

For the sambal/gravy
2 tbsp blended/grounded dried red chillies (or as per your taste)
5 shallots - sliced thinly
5 kaffir lime/limau purut leaves - tear into 3 or 4 pieces
1 lemongrass/serai - smashed
2 tbsp thick tamarind/assam juice
1 tsp brown sugar
Oil as needed
Salt to taste

Mix corn flour, rice flour and salt with sotong.
Deep fry sotong and keep aside.
Leave about 3 tbsp of oil in the same wok.
Add the shallots, chilli paste and lemongrass.
Keep stirring/frying until oil floats.
Then add tamarind juice, lime leaves, sugar and salt.  
Lastly, add the fried squids, stir  and dish out.


  1. You know what? I've just started liking squids. Yes squid in sambal is heaven!!! :)

  2. WoW,,,that sotong/squid with sambal perfect,my mouthwatering now :) i wish i can find kaffir lime here,these sotong sound delish :)

  3. Nava, that looks so rich in both color and flavor! I can imagine the spicy sour taste...YUMMY!

  4. Love all the great comments everyone, its another easy peasy recipe, do try and appreciate your feedback.

  5. Nice entry! Bet it'd help a lot of spice lovers. Too bad I'm not a fan of spicy foods lol

  6. delicious looking squids looks wonderful

  7. This sounds good - I love squid!

  8. Beautiful pictures....I can't indulge, but stunning!

  9. I technically love seafood a lot, especially crabs and squids but have to keep them under control. And talking about travel, just do it, don't wait for your hubby :p

  10. Sotong?? I want, I want!! This is one of my fave dishes :) Yum!

  11. Appreciate all the comments from each one of you beautiful people, thanks so much.

  12. This is such a perfect recipe to make me drool :)

  13. Must be a fav recipe, looking at the number of comments here, thanks everyone.

  14. I really miss mamak food, this is one of my regular orders before.


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