sambal sayur

Sambal Sayur: a Simple Green Bean Sambal

Welcome to another great sambal recipe! Sambal sayur is a vibrant and mild sambal that uses green beans as its main ingredient. It’s a fantastic way to add some zest to your vegetable dishes. Try it out if you’re into a green bean sambal!

To make sambal sayur, simply chop and grind a chili paste, fry the paste, add green beans to the stir-fry and that’s it!

What is Sambal sayur?

Sambal sayur is a traditional Indonesian sambal that highlights the freshness and crunch of green beans. Made by grinding chili, garlic, candlenuts, and other spices, this sambal is fried with green beans to create a flavorful and aromatic dish. It’s commonly served as a side to rice, noodles, or grilled dishes. Let’s get into how to make sambal sayur!

Step 1: Collect the ingredients

sambal sayur

Sambal sayur

Green bean sambal! This lovely sambal combines fresh crunchiness from the green beans with spicy and savory flavors of the chili paste. Enjoy this one with some nice rice dishes!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Sambal
Cuisine Indonesian
Servings 2
Calories 130 kcal


  • Mortar and pestle or food processor


  • 150 g washed green beans
  • 1 large red chili
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 candle nuts
  • 1 tsp palm sugar
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • salt to taste


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

Note: the given kcal count is based on an online calculator and could deviate from your actual caloric content.

What to consider when choosing the ingredients

  • Green Beans: Fresh green beans are essential for a crunchy texture. Ensure they are washed and trimmed before chopping.
  • Chilli: Use a large red chilli for moderate heat. For a spicier sambal, consider using smaller, hotter chillies.
  • Garlic and Candlenuts: Fresh garlic and candlenuts impart a rich, nutty flavor. If needed, substitute candlenuts with macadamia nuts.
  • Palm Sugar: Adds a subtle sweetness that balances the heat. Brown sugar can be used as a substitute if palm sugar is unavailable.
  • Sunflower Oil: Chosen for its neutral flavor and high smoke point, making it perfect for frying the spice paste.
sambal sayur ingredients

Step 2: Chop and grind the ingredients

Chop the red chilli and garlic finely. Using a mortar and pestle, grind the chopped chilli, garlic, and candlenuts together with palm sugar, salt and white pepper until a smooth paste forms. Alternatively, use a food processor. This will be much quicker but less traditional.

grinding ingredients

Step 3: Fry sambal sayur

Heat some sunflower oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the spice paste and fry for a few minutes, stirring continuously to prevent burning.

frying chili paste
frying sambal sayur

Add the chopped green beans and fry for about 5 minutes, ensuring the beans are well-coated with the spice paste. Adjust salt and white pepper to taste.

fried sambal sayur

Step 4: Serve and conserve sambal sayur

Serve the sambal warm as a side dish with rice, curries, fried foods or on a sandwich. It can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Always be sure to check conserved food for spoilage before eating!

served sambal sayur

Here are some recipes I recommend serving the sambal with:

And combine with traditional sambal recipes:

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