I recalled that I made this dish in 2007. I think Little Corner of Mine and Tigerfish remember this recipe as well.

It is an adaptation recipe of Sambal Serai Kepah (English: Clams Lemongrass Sambal) which I saw on Indonesian women magazine “Kartini” through bacamajalah.com.

In that article, it was saying that the food is served twice a year every Eid-ul Fitr and Eid-ul Adha on tradition “Menjunjung Duli” in the Sultanante of Deli, Medan, North Sumatra. At those days, Maimun Palace or Maimoon Palace is opened for public to say Happy Eid to Sultan of Deli and the families. The current Sultan of Deli is Tuanku Sultan Mahmud.

So, this dish is a part of Malay “Melayu” culinary of Kesultanan Deli in Medan, North Sumatra.

Sambal Serai Udang
– Prawns Lemongrass Sambal –

recipe: Kartini magazine, modified by me

500 g prawns
1 lime
Salt as desired
200 ml coconut milk
20 lemongrasses, chopped (I substituted for ½ – 1 cup ground lemon grass)
1 cm long fresh galangal, crushed
asam gelugur as desired (Malay: asam gelugor)

spices to be ground:
10 long red chilies / cayenne peppers
7 shallots
3 cloves garlic

1 cm long fresh galangal
1 cm long fresh turmeric

1. Squeeze lime and sprinkle salt over the prawns. Marinate for 15 minutes.
2. In a pan, add oil and heat the oil at medium-high. Stir fry ground spices, galangal, and lemon grass until fragrant.
3. Add prawns, stir evenly, then add coconut milk, salt, sugar and asam gelugur. Cook until hydrated. Set aside. It was suggested to serve this with ketupat (rice cake in coconut leaves).


  1. Pepy,
    Did you use the frozen grated lemongrass? I've seen those in the Asian market.

    Have a terrific weekend.

  2. @ Anh: I bet you will like it since it is very much lemongrass taste

    @ LCOM: indeed! a warm steamed rice will complete the dish

    @ Morellocherry: hey thanks for visiting my blog.

    @ Tuty: Yes. I used that. Since it is too much work if you have to process that lemongrass in the food processor

    @ Tigerfish: hahahaha, then you should try to make it one day or come by to my house 🙂

    @ Anncoo: hey thanks for visiting me back. I need your tutorial for decorating hahahaha 🙂

  3. mbaaaak…..
    aku dari dulu baca2 blogmu, cuma susah prakteknya, soalnya pake bahasa inggris :((
    buat yg versi indonesia poo mbak..

  4. Oh my … Pep! This one is so yummy! Love the taste and the smell of lemongrass. Good with prawns to take out the fishy smell. Now I want one bowl hot steamed rice with this … 'laper' (^.^)

  5. I love anything sambal. I just had sambal lala with rice for lunch so I didn't faint from hunger looking at your photos haha 🙂


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