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Vegan Sambal Goreng Recipe

Sambal goreng is ready to serve

You all know that my love for Indonesian cuisine can’t get any lower.

So, today we will learn how to cook one of my absolute favourite dishes, Sambal Goreng.

More than just food, it makes me feel closer to my family. Maybe it’s the memories of my mom cooking it for me when I was young. Or maybe it’s just the comforting blend of flavors.

My fav sambal goreng

Whatever it is, this Javanese dish is very special to me. It brings me joy, and I hope it can do the same for you.

So, let’s get to know how to make it!

What makes it special?

The dish is originated from Javanese (Sambal). The taste comes from the traditional Indonesian cuisine. Moreover, I recently discovered that it is also an important part of Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, and Sri Lanka cuisines.

Now, the dish has travelled overseas to the cuisines of the Netherlands and Suriname.

The popularity of this dish lies in its mild spices that make it flavourful and delicious.

The dish is perfect for all those spice lovers. However, if you have low spice tolerance, you can add spices as you want.

Sambal goreng in Process

Here is another sambal matah recipe you will enjoy.

Cooking Time

We all want to prepare dishes that are not only easy to cook but have less cooking time.

Sambal Goreng is a combination of both. The dish will take only thirty minutes to prepare.

The preparation and cooking time is 15 minutes each. So, this delicious dish will be ready to serve in no time.

You can also keep it in the refrigerator for later use. For this purpose, always keep it in a dry, airtight container.

Cooking ground spices


Add a touch of personalization to this dish by simply adding a variation to this dish. Several sambal recipes out there make great hot and spicy combinations. However, the most popular dishes to serve sambal with include:

  • Lalab (raw vegetables)
  • Various soto soups
  • Green beans
  • Plain or steam rice

So, why try experimenting with different sambal recipes to find your favourite pairing?


I have shared the simplest vegan recipe for Sambal Goreng.

I hope you all will enjoy it as much as I do.

Cherish it with your friends or cook it for your favorite sibling. Happy cooking!

Sambal goreng is ready to serve

Sambal Goreng

Sambal Goreng is not only delicious but it is also packed with nutrition. Its ingredients are a high source of protein and carbohydrates for you.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Indonesian, Malaysian, Singaporean
Servings 4
Calories 419 kcal


  • Vegetable oil for deep frying
  • 5 small-diced potatoes
  • 2 small-diced carrots
  • 180 gr of tofu
  • 3 bay leaves


  • 1 large shallot
  • 7 garlic cloves
  • 5 sweet peppers or substitute 2 tbsp paprika powder
  • 3 candlenuts
  • A half cup of water


  • First, heat some oil in a skillet to deep fry your potatoes, carrots, and tofu. It should take around 8 to 10 minutes to fry them until they are a good shade of brown. You may also bake them in the oven to reduce the amount of oil.
    Stir-fried potatoes,carrot and tofu
  • It's time to work on the spice paste while your vegetables and tofu cook. Combine all ingredients in a stone craft or use a mixer or blender for optimal results.
    All the spices blend together
  • After that, pour some oil into your pan or wok and cook it there. Add the bay leaves and ground spices, and sauté for about 5 minutes when everything is aromatic.
    Cooking Ground Spices
  • Add your tofu and fried veggies at this point. Combine everything with some kecap manis, salt, and sugar. After 10 minutes of continuous stirring over low heat, switch off the burner and taste-test the seasoning.
    stir potatoes, carrot and tofu
  • Last, put your sambal goreng in a shallow dish or platter and serve it immediately. It's a quick and delicious recipe that goes well with any dinner. Enjoy!
    Sambal goreng is ready to serve
Keyword Sambal Goreng Recipe

Maya Sari

I'm Maya Sari, a passionate East Culinary food blogger here to share with you the secrets of the mouthwatering flavors of East Asian cuisine

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  1. […] Balinese dishes. Nana’s kitchen held a special place in my heart. While thinly slicing the shallots, she would explain how their sweetness formed the foundation of the Sambal. […]

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