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Sambal Kacang

Sambal kacang peanut sauce with fresh vegetables

(Indonesian peanut sauce)

Average: 3.6 (18 votes)

This famous Indonesian peanut sauce is pronounced "sahm-ball kah-CHANG." Another name for it is bumbu satay. Serve with satay ayam or gado gado.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups


  • Natural peanut butter -- 1 cup
  • Water -- 3/4 cup
  • Sambal oelek (chile paste) -- 1 tablespoon
  • Brown sugar -- 1 tablespoon
  • Salt -- to taste


  1. Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and whisk together until smooth. Adjust seasoning to taste.

Sambal Kacang Variations

  • Substitute coconut milk for some of the water if you like.
  • Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon shrimp paste.
  • To give the sambal a tart edge, squeeze in the juice of one lemon or two limes. Or add 1 tablespoon tamarind paste.


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