Homemade Indonesian chili garlic sauce recipe

This is for all you spicy food lovers. This chili garlic sauce will add a whole new pallet of flavors to all kinds of dishes. I personally like this with rice, meat and vegetables. It will make everything more flavorful. I don’t recommend this spicy sauce for soup based dishes. That will come another time.

For this recipe I am using fresh harvested bird’s eye chilis, these measure between the 50.000 – 100.000 Scoville units. Next to that, I also have Habanero’s. These go from 200.000 – 300.000 Scoville units. You can use any types of chilis for your own test. You can also immediately choose to go to the video


  • Chili’s of your choice (bird’s eye)
  • Habanero to make it extra spicy
  • Garlic
  • Red onions
  • Salt
  • Broth Cube
  • Frying oil

Garlic and red onions will add extra flavour so it’s not just only spicy but flavorful. Adding salt an broth cube will help with this as well. The oil will be used to make it last longer, so the expiration date won’t be any time soon.

Step 1: prepare and clean the ingredients

sun drying chilis after washing
drying chilis in the sun after washing them

Wash the chili’s first and after let them dry in the sun or leave them for a few minutes on a tablecloth if the sun is not shining. While the chili’s are drying, peel the red onion and garlic. The red onions should be cut in larger chunks, and the garlic can just stay as it is.

Step 2: Fry everything (seperatly)

We will be frying everything separately. Garlic, onions will be fried until they are soft. This helps with the next step. Frying chili too but, some can cause a lot of sneezing or even burning sensation. So make sure the kitchen is well ventilated, windows are open.

Step 3: Grind it on a pestle stone mortar

Garlic chili sauce in the making
Grinding the ingredients on a pestle stone grinder

Ad the ingredients on a pestle stone mortar/grinder. If you don’t have this, a blender can be used. Just don’t blend it too long. I like to make it traditionally. I add all the ingredients: Fried garlic, onion and chilis. On top of that salt and a broth cube. Grind it till a mush and it should look like like some paste:

Sambal Chili Garlic sauce smashed
In Indonesian it’s called Sambal Bawang, which means Garlic Sambal. Yummy!

Now to make it last long, for the expiration date we would need another step. Unless you are only making a little but then you can skip Step 4, assuming the sambal will be consumed the same day.

Step 4: Refry it

refrying sambal sauce

Add frying oil, and then the mushed garlic chili sauce. Fry it for 1-2 minutes and take it out. You’re done and made a sambal that will last a while.

Homemade indonesian Sambal

The short version of this sambal recipe card for print or quick overview is below. There’s also a video attached

Garlic chili sauce

Sambal Garlic Chili sauce

Make a spicy sauce for all your dishes to add a new flavor
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine Indonesian
Servings 30
Calories 33 kcal


  • Pestle stone mortar grinder


  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 150 gr garlic
  • 150 gr red onion
  • 350 gr Chili
  • 150 gr Habanero
  • 1 piece broth cube chicken


Collect and clean the ingredients

  • Wash the chilis, and peel the garlic and onions
  • Garlic and onions should remain in big chunks

Fry everything

  • Separately fry first the red onions and take them out when it's soft
  • Fry the garlic for a few moments until it's soft
  • Fry the chilis (make sure it's well ventilated)

Grinding part

  • add the chilis, garlic, onion, salt and broth cube on the pestle
  • Grind everything in a mush

Refry for long lasting chili

  • preheat oil and add the paste from the ground chili's



It’s a spicy sauce, I hope you love it!
Keyword Chili sauce, Garlic chili paste, Garlic Chili sauce, Indonesian spicy sauce

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