Sambal Oelek

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Sambal Oelek

[Photographs: Joshua Bousel]

A hot sauce in one of its purest forms, Indonesian sambal oelek is merely freshly ground hot red chiles with some salt and vinegar for flavor and preservation. Sure, it's simple, but it's also incredibly awesome and infinitely useful.

  • Yield:makes about 1 1/2 cups
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:5 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound hot red chilies, such as red jalapeƱos, fresnos, or red serranos
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Directions

  1. 1.

    Place chilies, vinegar, and salt in workbowl of a food processor. Pulse until chilies are finely chopped and form a paste, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl as necessary, Transfer to an airtight container and store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.