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Coconut Sambol

Coconut Sambol ( Or we Sri Lankan call "Pol Sambal") is a go-to Sri Lankan traditional side dish. Although it is authentic to Sri Lankan cuisine, this is such a forgiving recipe that can be simply & easily adapted by vegans and anyone who loves to add a healthy and delicious twist to their meal. 

Coconut sambal is made with simple ingredients and it will take less than 5 minutes to make. 

Few Tips before we Begin

Coconut- You are so lucky if you can find a freshly grated coconut. I've used frozen grated coconut packet bought from my local Asian market. Dehydrated shredded coconut will not well for this recipe. 

Spices- All the spices can be found in your local grocery store. 


  • Grated Coconut

  • Chili Powder

  • Chili Flakes

  • Paprika

  • Black Pepper

  • Salt

  • Garlic

  • Shallots or cubed red onion

  • Green Chili

  • Lime Juice

  • Optional: Curry Leaves

Equipment: It's best if you have a mini food processer or mortar and pestle

How to Make

  • In to the mortar or mini food processer, add Garlic & Onion and Shallots.

  • Grind it until everything is finely chopped. Now add the rest of the ingredients except lime juice and curry leaves.

  • Pulse everything until well combined. Color should be a beautiful orange color. Add more paprika if you don't see the color.  

  • Adjust the taste according to your flavor profile

  • Now thinly sliced the curry leaves and add to the mixture

  • Transfer the mixture to a bowl, add lime juice.

  • Enjoy

Note: If you are mixing everything in a bowl using just hand, I recommend mincing everything very thin so you can just mix it using hand.