Sambal matah, or lemongrass sambal is a delicious Balinese sauce: sweet, sour, hot and cooling all in one mouthful. Great with chicken, fish or vegetables. Adjust the amount of chillies to how hot you can handle it!
5-6 stems of lemongrass
2 chillies deseeded, finely chopped
4 chillies deseeded, finely chopped (depending on how hot you like it!)
7 small shallots finely chopped
1sp of shrimp paste
1 tsp monosodium glutamate
1 tsp salt
juice of 1 small lime
½ tbsp. coconut oil
Take off the outer leaves of the lemongrass and with the flat blade of a knife, flatten the end.
Cut in half lengthways then finely chop to the same size as the chillies and shallots.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix with hand or a fork.
Leave to rest for about 30 mins to let the flavours mix then serve.
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