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My Favorite Sambal Matah Recipe

Sambal matah is ready to serve.

During my childhood I used to spend my summer breaks with my grandmother where we would bond over cooking Sambal Matah, which is one of my all-time favorite.

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.

We would bruise the lemongrass, releasing its citrusy essence, and the lime leaves added a rich fragrance and depth to the concoction.

My fav sambal matah recipe
My favorite sambal matah

Because of my Nana’s love for it, Sambal Matah is a household favorite in our family.

It is now a symbol of togetherness and unity for us.

Which is why today, I will be sharing our family’s favorite Sambal Matah recipe, so that you and your family can enjoy the taste of love!

History And Importance of Sambal Matah

Sambal Matah is a condiment whose recipe has been shared orally through generations.

Its precise origins may be challenging to trace. It is believed to have originated in the heart of Bali, where an abundance of ingredients inspired its creation.

Sambal Matah holds great significance in religious ceremonies and traditional celebrations.

It is deeply embedded in Balinese culture. It is an essential dish on the island’s dining tables, complemented by a variety of dishes and adding a burst of flavor to local cuisine.

My fav sambal matah recipe
My favorite sambal matah

Tips and Tricks to make your Sambal Matah taste even better!

My family has been using this Sambal Matah recipe for decades. We went through multiple trials to end up with this recipe which gives the perfect flavor every time!

Here are a few tips I learned to make your Sambal Matah taste amazing:

  • Toast Shrimp Paste: If you use a shrimp paste, I advise you to toast it in a dry pan over low heat until it becomes fragrant. Toasting enhances its flavor! However, be careful not to over-toast, as it may turn bitter.

Let it Sit: Allow the Sambal Matah to sit for at least 15-20 minutes before serving. This resting period allows the ingredients to meld, intensifying the overall flavor. It also gives the lime juice time to infuse its citrus notes.

Dishes That Compliment Sambal Matah

Sambal Matah is a versatile condiment that pairs well with a wide variety of traditional Bali dishes. It is often served alongside grilled meats, seafood, and rice dishes, or is served as a side with traditional satay. 

I personally love it with grilled chicken or fish, lalapan, which is a fresh vegetable salad, and beef satay or grilled beef skewers. 

You can pair it with anything that you like or want to try out, after all food is all about happiness, and you should do what makes you happy.

Store Your Sambal Matah

Sambal Matah can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Make sure to store it in an airtight container, so it doesn’t spoil.


As I end this, I am leaving you with not just a recipe but a story of love and respect and the heritage of Balinese people told by the rich flavors of the Sambal Matah. My Nana taught me this recipe with great love and I hope to pass on the same love to you guys. Share this with your

loved ones and create new memories. Happy cooking!

Sambal matah recipe is ready to serve.

Sambal Matah

Sambal Matah is a versatile condiment that pairs well with a wide variety of traditional Bali dishes.
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Indonesian, Malaysian
Servings 4
Calories 75 kcal


  •  Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Mixing bowl
  • Small pan
  • Spoon or spatula


  • 5 shallot sliced cut.
  • 12 cloves of garlic sliced cut.
  • 5 cloves of garlic sliced cut.
  • 1 lemongrass sliced cut.
  • 2 kaffir lime sliced cut.
  • 1 cube of shrimp paste, or 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • Palm sugar, or to taste.
  • salt, or to taste.
  • 2 tbsp of fresh lime juice


  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Mix it.
    Mixed Ingredients
  • Preheat 3/4 tbsp of vegetable oil over medium heat until it’s hot. Then pour the hot oil over the sambal matah. Stir to mix to get a solid taste.
    Hot Oil
  • Sambal matah is ready to serve. Garnish it with a slice of lime. Enjoy!
    Sambal matah recipe is ready to serve.
Keyword Sambal Matah

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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