Katta Sambal

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Katta Sambal, is a Sri Lankan sambal served as a condiment served with kiribath and ambul thiyal. It is prepared by combining onions, chili flakes, and Maldives fish with lime. 

Serves 6 people

20 mins.


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  • 4 red onions

Peel the onions and finely dice the onions and add them to a large bowl. 


  • 5 tsp. chili flakes
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 3 tsp. Maldives fish
  • salt (to your taste preference)

Add the chili flakes, chili powder, Maldives fish, and salt to the bowl of onions. 


Squeeze the wedge of lime and mix to combine all the ingredients together. 


Do not re-heat the Katta Sambal, because the lime added to the dish will give a bitter taste when re-heated. 

Best to consume within the day. 


Served the Katta sambal as a condiment to Kiri Bath and with Ambul Thiyal.

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