served sambal brandal

How to Make Sambal Brandal

Last Updated on March 26, 2024 by Damian

Welcome to another great sambal recipe! Sambal brandal is a type of fried sambal which uses very common ingredients and can be used to spice up many dishes!

To make sambal brandal, simply grind and fry some chillies, onion, garlic, candlenuts and spices! Very simple and quick to make.

What is sambal brandal?

Sambal brandal is an Indonesian chili paste, commonly used on the side of a dish or implemented while cooking. The chili paste is cooked by frying instead of eaten raw and fresh.

Commonly used spices like palm sugar, terasi, tamarind paste and candlenuts are used to give off an amazingly fragrant taste.

Let’s go to a more detailed description on how to make sambal brandal:

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Step 1: Collect the ingredients

served sambal brandal

Sambal brandal

Sambal brandal! An amazing all-round sambal that can be combined with various recipes. Enjoy!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Sambal
Cuisine Indonesian


  • Food processor


  • 10 red chili peppers
  • 6 bird's eye chillies
  • 1 red onion
  • 4 garlic cloves


  • 2 tsp dried laos powder or fresh
  • 3 candle nuts
  • 1 tbsp palm sugar
  • salt to taste


  • Collect the ingredients
  • Grind the ingredients
  • Fry the sambal brandal
  • Serve and conserve the sambal brandal
Keyword Sambal brandal

What to consider when choosing the ingredients

Like I said, sambal brandal is a sambal made up of very commonly used ingredients. You can play around with the type of chillies to adapt its spiciness, keep or remove seeds according to taste (seeds contain a lot of heat!)

Of course you can also adapt the type of onion and garlic, amounts and go for different types of grinds (coarse or fine).

The spices are also commonly used, add or remove any you do or do not like! Use more or less of different spices and see what happens! I am a big fan of using lots of spices as you hardly go wrong with it.

Sambal brandal ingredients

Let’s continue with the next steps!

Step 2: Grind the ingredients

The recipe becomes very simple from here on, roll the chillies between your hands and fingers to break up the seeds on the inside. Chop them roughly and add them to a drainer immediately.

Use a lot of water to wash them and to flush out the seeds on the inside of the chillies, this will reduce the heat of the sambal brandal significantly!

Next, roughly chop the onion and garlic and crush the candlenut with your knife if needed. Add them to a food processor for grinding.

grinding ingredients
ground ingredients

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Step 3: Fry the sambal brandal

Next, add a frying pan with some (sunflower) oil on medium-high heat and let it heat up (1 min). Add the ground ingredients and fry lightly.

frying ground ingredients
adding spices to fried ingredients

Add the spices after a few minutes and stir well. Give the spices some time to integrate with the heat still on. Have a taste if you dare and adapt accordingly! Add some more spices or add some different ones if you want to adapt the taste.

If the sambal is too spicy, add some sweet spices (palm sugar of kecap manis) to fight the spicy flavors!

frying ingredients
fried sambal brandal

That’s already it! Let the sambal cool down if you want to store it or serve immediately!

Step 4: Serve and conserve the sambal brandal

As I said before, serve this sambal with any dish you want to spice up, I highly recommend the following recipes:

served sambal brandal

To conserve sambal brandal, clean a airtight container with boiling water. Properly dry the container and add the cooled down sambal. Seal the container and remove the serving with a clean utensil when you want to eat it.

If you like this sambal or want to make different kinds, consider the following:

I hope you liked this recipe, please leave a rating and let me know what you think!


How spicy is sambal brandal?

When store bought, sambal brandal can be considered quite spicy depending on the brand, used chillies and amount used for a serving. When making it yourself, you can adapt the spiciness to your liking. It can be quite difficult to find the right amount of spiciness as ingredients tend to vary in each individual product.

Is sambal brandal healthy?

Like always, store bought sambals are quite high in salt content usually, making them bad for health. However, when making sambal yourself, you can adapt the amount of salt and oil to your liking to make it more healthy. All other spices, chillies, garlic and onion used can be considered healthy!

In general, I would say homemade sambal brandal, when using amounts mentioned in my recipe are more healthy. Store bought sambals are not!

What can I substitute for sambal?

Nothing! Just make sure you make your own sambals so you can adapt the recipe to your liking, keeping away from any ingredients you don’t like or are allergic to. Only substitute store bought sambals for a homemade one and you are good to go!

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