Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sambal Belimbing Ikan Bilis

The power house Malaysian (Nasi Ulam) sambal is up and about again in this precious space of mine. Sambal? What else do you want me to say or I myself should possibly say (Sambal Goreng Teri, Malaysian Sambal Sandwich, Sambal Udang Kering & Sambal Udang Petai)? Of course, I can go on and on, and blow all the trumpets towards our sambal, especially the various types I have already shared with all you foodies (Sambal Sotong & Sambal Ikan) and much has also already been spoken about Belimbing, or Belimbing buluh in my precious recipe (Malaysian Fish Head Curry). Thus, lets just keep it simple for the intro and keep it boldly spicy for this Sambal Belimbing Ikan Bilis (Sambal Tumis Ikan Bilis). The base, in other words, the sambal base is pretty much the same as in for other sambal as well, but belimbing definitely is the sensation for its sourness and tad bit of sweetness in Sambal Belimbing Ikan Bilis. In fact, Belimbing Buluh is another of our Malaysian powerhouse fruit.

For the sambal/chilli paste
4 to 5 fresh red chillies
3 shallots
3 garlic
1/4 piece roasted belacan/shrimp paste
** blend/process to a rough paste

Other ingredients
1 cup ikan bilis/anchovies - soaked in water for 20 mins and drain off water.
10 to 15 belimbing
Lime juice - only if needed
Palm sugar - a small piece (powdered/crushed)
Oil for frying
Salt to taste

Heat oil and fry ikan bilis till crispy.
Remove and keep aside.
Leave about 3 tbsp of oil in the same pan.
Fry chilli paste till aromatic and oil splits.
Add belimbing and cook to a texture you prefer.
Add sugar, lime juice, salt and fried ikan bilis.
Stir a couple of times and remove from heat.


  1. yet to make this yummy sambal. lovely clicks.

  2. u are an amazing cook .. the dish looks so tempting.. lovely pics as well :)


  3. very tempting and delicious

  4. One of the amazing things about visiting your space is that I get to learn a lot about different ingredients, techniques and dishes. This one is fabulous...and delightfully mouth watering. You come up with creative stuff everyt ime.

  5. slurpppppsss...this one makes my mouth water

  6. mouth watering & super tempting ....loved your clicks too

  7. Lovely clicks and mouth watering recipe :-)


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