Roasted Potatoes with Tomato and Red Chili Sambal

6 to 8 Servings

1 hour

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A cornerstone of Indonesian cuisine, sambal is a relish with spicy, in-your-face flavor, and there are countless varieties. It can be cooked or fresh; it can be used as a dip, condiment or sauce. Ingredients often include, but are not limited to, fresh or dried chilies, tomatoes, shallots, lemon grass, garlic, ginger, galangal, citrus, palm sugar, kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce) and terasi (a type of shrimp paste). For our version of sambal goreng kentang, or fried potatoes with sambal, we oven-roast partially cooked (in the microwave) wedges of potatoes. But before roasting, we coat the wedges with cornstarch and oil so they crisp nicely without the hassle of deep-frying. While the potatoes roast, we make a simple tomato and fresh chili sambal by blitzing the ingredients in a food processor, then cooking the mixture to concentrate and mellow the flavors and thicken the consistency. The potatoes, when done, are simply tossed with the sambal. For the right color and flavor, it’s important to use fresh red chilies; Fresno is the most common type, but Holland chilies, if that’s what’s available, will work, too. Seeding the Fresnos removes much of their heat, but if you’re a looking of some burn, leave the seeds in some or all of the chilies.

6 to 8



Don’t omit the step of misting the baking sheet with cooking spray even though the baking sheet also is coated with ⅓ cup oil. This two-step prep ensures the starchy potatoes will release easily and the crisp crusts they form during roasting won’t be damaged when the wedges are flipped at the halfway point.

1 hour


  • cup plus 2 tablespoons grapeseed or other neutral oil

  • 3

    pounds medium russet potatoes, unpeeled, cut lengthwise into 8 wedges


Laura L.

My family loved the homemade sambal. The process for cooking the potatoes was a little involved for a dish of roasted potatoes, but they did turn out VERY crispy, so it was worth it. It's just not a process that I would do all the time.