I`ve finally got a recipe for Padangnese famous dish Beef Rendang from my friend`s mother. Thanks, Yul!
I did make the rendang today (phheeeww!) and I`m going to share about it in my coming post. But, when I decided to make rendang today, I couldn`t help to think that I had to make Sambal Ijo too. Sambal Ijo, or Sambal Hijau, or Sambal Lado, which means green chili sambal, is a condiment for various Padangnese dishes. It turned out that making this sambal is rather simple than other sambal I know.
Unlike the usual way of sauteing spice, all ingredients need to be steamed first. Other than chili, prepare garlic and red onion or shallot. It will be great if you have green tomato too.
When I want thing to be quick and simple, steaming for me means put everything in a microwaveable container, splatter a bit of water, wrap with heat-resistant plastic, then heat it in the microwave. The water will help creating steam during the heating process. I heated this one at 800 W for 1 mins.
It depends on your microwave too, or if you use the conventional steaming method, which probably requires a bit longer of time. When the ingredients got softened already, you`re done.
After the steaming, let them cool down, especially if your food processor is made from plastic, and wipe off the excess water with kitchen paper. Then, place them in food processor and start blending. I added dried shrimp too as I want more flavor in my sambal.
Don`t go too far with the blending if you want the sambal to have big chunks of green chilies, which is how you`ll find it looks like in most of Padangnese restaurants. In fact, my green chili was probably way overchopped.
Here comes the sauteing. Heat olive oil on a pan and toss in the chili mixture. Use more oil than you usually do for other sauteing process. Unlike other sambal, sambal ijo is usually served in a rather oily look. Sometimes people add fried anchovies too. Try it too if you can!
Season with salt, pepper, and fish sauce. And more chili powder if you need more spiciness.
When it smells and tastes good for you, your sambal is ready.
Put a dollop of this sambal on a plate of hot steamed rice and try it. Good?
Bird`s eye chili (preferably green)