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5 from 6 votes

Easy Vegan Sambal (Red Chili paste)

An aromatic and delicious chili paste made from a blend of red jalapenõs, lemongrass, shallots, and garlic. Make a big batch of this paste and save for future use in curries, soups and rice diehs.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: malay, southeastasian
Keyword: Chili, sambal
Author: woonheng


  • 1/2 lb [200g] red chili used red jalapeno
  • 2 stalks lemongrass white part only
  • 1 shallot about 100g
  • 1 small bulb garlic about 6-8 cloves
  • a few slices of ginger about 8 g
  • ¾ cup [168g] oil for blending and cooking *separated to 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Place chili, lemongrass, shallot, garlic, ginger and 1/2 cup of oil in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Heat a non-stick tall pan then add in the remaining oil.
  • Slowly pour in the blended mixture into the pan.
  • Cook until the oil starts to separate from the chili by stirring continuously, about 20 minutes.
  • Add sugar, salt and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes. The mixture will turn darker.
  • Turn off the heat and let cool before storing it into a jar.