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Malay Onion Sambal

The onions in this condiment are salted and then rinsed, a process that softens them and removes any bitter juices.

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  • Servings: MAKES ABOUT 1 1/2 CUPS

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Ingredients

  • 3 medium onions, quartered lengthwise and very thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons strained apricot jam
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons minced mint, cilantro or a mix of both
  • 1 medium-hot fresh red chile, seeded and minced

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How to make this recipe

  1. Set a colander in the sink. Add the onions and salt; rub the salt into the onions and squeeze them gently for a few minutes. Rinse the onions thoroughly under cold running water, then drain well and pat dry.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar and apricot jam. Stir in the onions and mint. Add the chile and serve.

Make Ahead

The sambal can be prepared through Step 1 up to 1 day ahead.

Contributed By Published May 1998

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