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Homemade South African Carrot Sambal Recipe

Homemade South African Carrot Sambal Recipe

Homemade South African Carrot Sambal Recipe



South African carrot sambal pairs well with everything from sandwiches, soups, salads, wraps, fish and grilled meats.


Commonly used as a condiment and an ingredient in soups and stews in South Africa, sambal is a chunky hot chili sauce made with hot peppers, spices and fresh herbs used on just about everything. This version of sambal is made with sweet shredded carrots.

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Ingredients
4 cups finely grated carrots
1 medium finely sliced onion
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1 teaspoon brown sugar
3 chopped hot chilies

Directions
Toss carrots and onions with lemon juice and 1 teaspoon salt, let sit 1/2 hour, then squeeze with hands and discard any excess liquid. Combine with remaining ingredients and mix well. 

Allow to sit refrigerated for several hours before serving. Serve with any meat or seafood dish. Sambal is used similar to salsa.


Commonly used as a condiment uses sambal in sauces, rice dishes, soups and stews, pasta, vegetables and on grilled chicken. Sambal is used to add heat and flavor to any dish.


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Simple Cooking Tips

Make sure your cooking work area has good lighting so you can safely see what you are cutting, seasoning and cooking.

Get comfortable with the recipe, read it all the way through. Always read and re-read your recipes before you start cooking.

Season and taste as you go. Always taste your food before seasoning.

Spices and herbs are essential to African food cooking and baking. Keep your spices away from sources of heat like the stove or lights. Herbs and spices can lose their flavor when exposed to humidity and heat.

Recipes are only a guideline so feel free to substitute items that you like.

When cooking with chili peppers, protect your hands and eyes by wearing rubber gloves. Or coat your hands in vegetable oil and wash them with soap and water immediately after handling.