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Wortel Sambal

Sambals are condiments with many variations that often accompany Indian, Malaysian, and Indonesian foods, such as rice and curry dishes.

Coastal Living JULY 2002

  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups


  • 2 green cardamom pods
  • 1 dried hot red chile
  • 1 pound carrots, shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup distilled white vinegar


Remove seeds from cardamom pods, and discard pods. Combine cardamom seeds and chile in a spice mill or mortar and pestle; grind into a powder.

Combine cardamom mixture, carrot, and next 5 ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, and cook, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Add vinegar; reduce heat, and simmer 30 more minutes or until thickened. Transfer mixture to a bowl; cover and chill at least 1 hour.


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