I have a recipe that calls for sambal oelek and since I had quite a few dried red chilies I decided to make the sauce rather than purchase it at the store. The recipe calls for 1 pound of red chilies and since I was using dried I started with 1/2 pound and soaked them in water for 24 hours, thinking they would weigh more after they had soaked. Well, they still weighed 1/2 pound after soaking and they still seemed pretty dry, but the end result was very good and made enough for us and two to give away. I used the sambal oelek in a very tasty Spicy Crab Linguine, I will share that recipe tomorrow.
1 pound red chilies
5 1/2 ounces garlic, peeled and chopped
5 1/2 ounces fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon dried lemongrass
3/4 cup vinegar
1 cup sugar
salt to taste
1 tablespoon lime zest, chopped
Blend the chilies, garlic, ginger and lemongrass in a food processor. While processing gradually add the vinegar. Place the pureed mixture into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Add the sugar and sitr until dissolved. Add the salt and lime zest. Remove from the heat, cool and bottle in sterilized jars.