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[sahm-bahl] /ˈsɑm bɑl/
a condiment or side dish of Indonesia, Malaysia, and southern India, made with any of various ingredients, as vegetables, fish, or coconut, usually seasoned with chili peppers and spices and served with rice and curries.
Origin of sambal
< Malay < Tamil campāl kind of relish, condiment, akin to campāram ingredients for curry, Telugu sambhāram preparation of spices for seasoning, Marathi sā̃bhar seasoning for dal, all ultimately reflecting Prakrit saṃbhārei (he) garnishes, Sanskrit saṃbhārayati (he) causes to be brought together, derivative with sam- syn- and bhṛ- to bear1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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