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Chilli Sambal – Sri Lankan Lunu Miris

The name “lunu miris” can be literally translated as “salt chilli”, and as the name indicates, dried red chilli is the main ingredient for this sambol. In addition to that onions, crumbled Maldive fish, salt, and lime juice are grounded together to get the spicy and exotic flavour. This traditional dish is taken with many kinds of food from rice to home-made bread.

 

Chilli Sambal - Sri Lankan Lunu Miris
The name "lunu miris" can be literally translated as "salt chilli", and as the name indicates, dried red chilli is the main ingredient for this sambol. In addition to that onions, crumbled Maldive fish, salt, and lime juice are grounded together to get the spicy and exotic flavour. This traditional dish is taken with many kinds of food from rice to home-made bread.
Cuisine: Sri Lankan
Recipe type: Sambal
Ingredients
  • 500 g red onions
  • 6 tablespoons dry chilli flakes
  • salt, to taste
  • 6 tablespoons lime juice
  • 10 g dried shrimps
Instructions
  1. Peel the onions and cut into small pieces and place in a food processor
  2. Add chilli flakes, dried shrimps, lime juice, and salt.
  3. Pulse until a suitable sambal consistency is reached.
Notes
Use lime or lemon juice that is freshly squeezed or pressed if possible. Adjust the quantity of chilli flakes according to your taste if too strong. Chilli powder can be substituted for some of the chilli flakes for a hotter sambal blend.
 

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