Definition of sambal in English:

sambal

noun

  • (in Indian and Southeast Asian cooking) hot relish made with vegetables or fruit and spices.

    • ‘She said she cooked the grasshoppers and ate them with a little sambal (chili sauce).’
    • ‘In Vietnamese and Thai cuisine the cool effect of mint is used to sooth the effect of a hot chili peppers and fiery sambals.’
    • ‘As we moreishly devoured grilled tuna marinated in sambal, lemon grass and numerous other exotic spices, I was amazed at how quiet the street was with only the odd person passing by where we sat alfresco.’
    • ‘A small jar of sambal is a standard condiment on the tables of Chinese-Indonesian restaurants in the Netherlands.’
    • ‘One of the Malays' popular breakfasts is nasi lemak, rice cooked in coconut milk and served with hot and spicy sambal (shrimp or anchovy paste), fish, eggs and vegetables.’

Origin

Malay.

Pronunciation

sambal

/ˈsämbäl/