Monday, 14 August 2017

Sambal Lebur


I am always on the lookout for sambal recipes, especially the easy ones that require no exact measurements where you can simply chuck stuff, blend and then simply saute the whole lot in the wok.

While doing my rounds on my Malay bloglist, I read about Hainom's Sambal Lebur. What attracted me to the sambal was her remark "Buatnya pun senang main lebur je". I'm all for lebur. Anything that can lebured, I will lebur!

Now what on earth does lebur mean? If you look up the dictionary, it would be translated as melt or molten as in melting metals. But in this context, lebur means you simply put in ingredients casually and then cook it without a care in the world.


That weekend, I gathered my red chilies, cili padi, onions, garlic, ikan bilis and belacan. These were pounded in my trusty lesung batu (I needed the exercise). I thought I would get only a small portion of sambal but a little bit of this and a little bit of that added to a lot.


I heated some oil in the wok and sauteed the pounded ingredients. As for the tomatoes, I used cherry tomatoes (which I got FOC from BMS Organics when I purchased organic coffee), each cut into two.

The smell of the sambal was amazing and I basically cooked it until the tomatoes were softened. Then I added asam jawa juice and sugar for that tangy sweetish taste. There was no necessity to add salt as the belacan was already salty enough.

Since I had so much, I kept the sambal in a glass container to be enjoyed in the days to come. In fact, this sambal came in handy when I fried a fish. I used it as topping.


I'm glad I learnt something new, though it may be something some will consider as no big deal. So folks, for an appetizing sambal, go ahead and make this Sambal Lebur. No stress, no tension. Go forth and lebur away!

38 comments:

  1. Oooo...gorgeous! Drool! Drool!!!

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    1. hee..hee...it is very tasty! Worth the effort :)

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  2. I can't help but salivate at the sight of the tomatoes and lime on your sambal. Any food eaten with this sambal would be so appetising!

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    1. Oh yes, can wallop 2 plates of rice!

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  3. That is a lovely and appetizing sambal. Homemade sambal is the best.

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  4. Good Morning from Hong Kong. I learnt that word from an Indon song Hati Lebur Jadi Debu.
    I am enjoying all the food here like crazy but got no sambal... Hoo hoo hoo.

    #RinduChabai #TsimshatsuiSuzie

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    1. Enjoy the food in HK! It is good to take a break from chilies and sambal :)

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  5. Hi, PH!

    Oh no! You also lebured everything like my alamaya neighbour, huh!I have yet to try this sambal lebur since I'm not 'online' for weeks (^_^) though my jiran's news portal keep posting photo of this sambal lebur!

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    1. Hi MD! Your jiran's sambal is very infectious and addictive! Sedap sangat2.

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  6. You cook sambals very often, so it's easy for you to just lebur. For me, I wouldn't know where to start if I don't have the exact proportion of ingredients for the sambal. Hmmm, I didn't know we can add cherry tomatoes to sambals...the sambal does look very appetising though :)

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    1. It's a good sambal. Next time I will take note of what I put in and share a proper recipe :)

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  7. Salivating by just looking at it! I would cut some cucumbers and dip in it!

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    1. Very nice with hard boiled eggs too!

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  8. Wah you pun dah kena 'sawan lebur' Mak nom ye PH :)

    Your sambal looks so tempting.

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    1. hah..hah... her sawan is very infectious!

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  9. Wahhh.. can enjoy the whole bottle of sambal!! Reading through the ingredients above has made me salivate already!

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    1. It is so good that it is fast finishing liao hee..hee...

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  10. This sambal looks like goes well with everything!

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  11. Wow.. Mmg ngam lah namanya sambal LEBUR it all dalam kuali.. Pasti sedap ni, PH

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    1. Sedap sangat, Sue Bee. Nak buat lagi :)

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  12. Okay.....book marked it. Thanks for sharing such a convenient and appetising sambal.

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  13. ooo ... i haven't heard of sambal lebur before ... it does look like a sambal that everyone would love ... creamy, textured and rich! :D

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    1. It's really delicious. Great even with just hard boiled eggs!

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  14. That look simply scrumptious!

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  15. Anything that goes with this sambal would be tasty, my Buddy would like this cos she is a Chili lover

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    1. It's very good with eggs and fried fish.

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  16. I'm not a huge sambal fan. You're photos do make it look tempting though.

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    1. Oh, thanks! Sambal lovers would enjoy this a lot

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  17. Wahaha, you also try this sambal, sedap kan, but I don't like the belacan smell, so I use just secubit, but still Mylarling can notice it,..ni ada belacan ? He asked me, I just angguk2, huhu..

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    1. Sedap!! Aiyo, I like belacan smell. Can make me lapar.

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  18. Weyh LL.....apasal Sambal Lebur I jadi cantik kat blog u ni, mana aci macam ni haha....

    Sedap kan!...Siapa yg try mmg tak akan kecewa dengan rasa dia! Memang mabeles! Betul sangat tu, rasanya paling match dengan telur rebus sebab telur tu kan plain so memang masuklah dengan sambal yg dah cukup perasa ni.

    Tq LL sebab sudi mencuba...

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    1. hee..hee..cantik ya, Hainom? Terima kasih :)

      Memang sedap, terangkat habis! Nasib baik buat banyak :)

      Tq Hainom sebab sudi sharing. Buat lah lagi benda2 yang boleh lebur. LOL!

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