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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of sambal

  • He's a very versatile cook, as much at home with sambal olek as he is with good old British nursery puddings.

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    Melissa Clark

    September 14, 2010

  • But the spicy peanut sauce, also known as sambal kacang, reminds you that this is food for adults.

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    What to Eat: Southeast-Asian Menu

    January 12, 2010

Historical Examples of sambal