Sambal Sere Tabia Bali, Traditional Indonesian sambal from Bali

Sambal sere tabia (Balinese pronounce as 'sambel') literally known as sambal terasi khas Bali, is one of fiery condiments amongst Balinese cuisine and also a common Balinese style sambal that every house of Balinese people in Bali know how to make, sere means terasi (Indonesian dried shrimps paste and fermented) while tabia means, chilli (cabe). 

Although there are some variations on how to make sambal sere tabia in which I know that is every family has its own method and preferable, but the basic ingredients are always the same. 

Im writing the recipe here in order to recall my culinary trips down to a popular local warung in Tabanan regency, which i can simply explain, warung is a traditional small restaurant, a  family owned-business runs by family members. 

It was a moment, while on my way to the place, the exciting food trail offered me lush green padi field and beautiful sunset in front of me, we were experienced some delicious authentic Balinese food serves with sambal sere tabia that definitely a food with memory. 

Sambel Sere Tabia Bali
By Ira Rodrigues at Cooking tackle


100g chilli (mixture of red bird eye chilli and green chilli-as you like) , clean and cut
2 teaspoons toasted dried shrimp paste (terasi)
salt to taste
4 tablespoons coconut oil


Heat coconut oil in a pan over medium fire, add in chillies, stir fry about 2 minutes.

Remove the chilli from the pan and place in a mixing bowl.

Add in toasted dried shrimp paste (terasi), mix well using your hand, this step is traditionally authentic to Balinese as they called it as dibejek (diremas)
(You may put on a hand-gloves as terasi might leave you a strong pungent smell)

Serves as condiment 


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