sambal jengkol

Sambal Jengkol: Amazing Dog Fruit Sambal

Welcome to another great sambal recipe! Sambal jengkol is a sambal that uses jengkol beans as its main ingredient. Making this sambal very exotic and also great in taste. Plus, it’s super easy to make!

To make sambal jengkol, simply grind together some chillies, garlic, onion and fried jengkol beans. Fry this paste to finish sambal jengkol, simple as that!

What is sambal jengkol?

This dish is a thrilling culinary adventure, where the unique and bold taste of jengkol beans, also called dog fruit, meets the fiery punch of chillies.

It’s a perfect example of Indonesia’s rich culinary diversity, offering a taste that’s both intriguing and deeply satisfying. Sambal jengkol is a celebration of tradition with a twist, inviting you to explore the depths of local flavors.

Step 1: Collect the ingredients

sambal jengkol

Sambal jengkol

Sambal jengkol! This amazing sambal has a rich nutty flavor which is followed by a spicy punch. Definitely try it out if you're into spicy foods. Add it to your favorite rice dishes and enjoy it today!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Sambal
Cuisine Indonesian
Servings 4
Calories 50 kcal


  • Food processor


  • 2 large green chillies
  • 2 large red chillies
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 80 g jengkol beans (fried)


  • Collect the ingredients
  • Chop and grind the ingredients
  • Fry sambal jengkol
  • Serve and conserve sambal jengkol
Keyword Sambal jengkol

Note: the given kcal count are calculating using an online tool and can deviate from the caloric content of your own creation.

What to consider when choosing the ingredients

For the best experience, ensure your ingredients are fresh. Look for vibrant chillies, crisp onions, and robust garlic. If using fresh jengkol beans, choose ones that are firm and free from weak spots.

sambal jengkol ingredients

Step 2: Chop and grind the ingredients

Chop the washed chillies and peeled onion and garlic roughly before adding them to your food grinder. Add the jengkol beans and save a few for later, grind everything into a paste.

grinding ingredients
ground ingredients

If you need help figuring out what food processor to use in your kitchen, read about it in a post I published earlier and find out!

Step 3: Fry sambal jengkol

Set a frying pan to medium heat and add some (sunflower) oil. Once hot, add the paste and fry for a couple of minutes. Stir frequently, you should be able to smell the sambal when it’s done.

frying sambal jengkol
fried sambal jengkol

Step 4: Serve and conserve sambal jengkol

Serve this sambal with many dishes, the large amount of jengkol make it a perfect dish on the side with some rice, or to add to many recipes. Sprinkle on some curries for an extra crunch! I recommend serving with the following:

sambal jengkol served

You can store this sambal for some time in the fridge and add it as a crunch to any dish. Be careful to check the sambal for spoilage before consuming!

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

Consider making some other sambals as well:

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