Asian Recipes / Nyonya Recipes

Sambal Belacan (Chilli & dried prawn paste)

Sambal is a pungent paste made with chilli and dried prawn paste. It is a staple of many Nyonya and Malaysian cuisine so make enough for whenever needed. Make a big batch and store them in a jar in the fridge. Traditionally, sambal is made by pounding the ingredients on a pestle and mortar but with a blender, it takes only few minutes to make this.

Sambal belacan | The TrishawA very useful condiment in a Malaysian / Nyonya home. I will post some recipes that uses sambal belacan soon.



  • 8 red chillies
  • 1 tbs toasted belacan
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • juice of 1/2 a lime


  1. Blend chillies and belacan until fine and combined. Add sugar and salt to taste.
  2. Squeeze some lime juice to serve.

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