Tomato onion and green chillies salad or sambol as we like to call it makes a quick and easy Sri Lankan salad you’ll ever make and a great rice puller for your meals.
This is one of those dishes that come together without a recipe(I promise there is a reason to add such a simple dish).
All you need is your cutting board and a bowl to make this spicy Sri Lankan salad.
Spicy Onion and tomato salad.
If there were two ingredients I constantly use a lot, they are onions and tomatoes.
I love the combination because it hits all the spots of my favourite taste buds.
Give me a toast slathered in butter topped with a seriously spicy onion and tomato salad anytime and I’ll be happy to call it a quick snack.
You can also use the salad as a side dish to your Sri Lankan meals.
It’s what brings all the different tastes together and adds a serious punch to the meal.
There’s nothing elaborate or complicated about this sambol, in fact, it will only take you less than 10 minutes to put it together.
The same sambol can do wonders as a good topping for burgers and grilled fish as well.
So if you love heat, tomatoes, and onions then this sambol will be your favourite for the next couple of months.
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Sri Lankan onions sambol Variations.
You would think that a simple salad of onions-green chillies and tomatoes can’t be served any other way, well let me surprise you with a few options and serving ideas.
- You can add a tablespoon or two of Maldive fish to change the taste of the sambol completely.
- Add lime pickle(lunudehi) to the sambol, mix thoroughly and see how good it tastes with rice and curry.
- 1/2 cup of coconut milk, mix with the sambol and it’s perfect for roti.
What to serve with tomato onion, green chilli salad.
- Serve with any type of rice dish.
- serve with regular white rice, Sri Lankan yellow rice or ghee rice.
- Serve with any type of flatbread or roti.
- Serve with Sri Lankan coconut roti. or Sri Lankan tuna filling stuffed coconut roti(pol roti).
- Paratha or an egg roti.
- Or any type of bread.
- Vegetarian curries that will pair with onion tomato green chillies salad.
- Sri Lankan Dhal(red lentil)spinach curry
- Sri Lankan spicy Dry Potato curry(ala theldala)
- Dal tadka.
- Potato korma.
- Potato curry
- chickpea and potato curry(chana aloo curry).
- Poultry, meat and seafood curries to pair with onion tomato salad.
Utensils and appliances needed.
- Chopping board and knife.
- Medium-sized bowl to mix.
- Lemon squeezer
More salad or sambol recipe.
pol sambol(Sri Lankan Coconut Sambol).
Jackfruit-coconut sambol(kos mallum).
Shredded beef fry(Sri Lankan beef fry sambol)
Boiled egg salad(spicy) with onions and tomatoes.
chunky tomato-onion salsa/dip(spicy).
Onion tomato and green chilli sambol(salad).
The ingredients mentioned below use standard measuring cups and spoons.
Ingredients to make onion tomato salad(sambol).
3 large onions sliced fine
3 medium-sized Tomatoes chopped
2-3 green chillies sliced fine
1 teaspoon red chillies flecks
Salt to season
Juice of 1 lime
Slice and chop all the ingredients and place them in a serving bowl.
Add chilli flecks and season with salt(careful with the salt).
Pour in the lime juice and thoroughly mix all the ingredients in the bowl.
Make sure the taste is balanced, and serve with your favourite rice and curry dish.
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Tomato Onions Salad(Sambol)
Tomato onion and green chillies salad or sambol as we like to call it makes a quick and easy Sri Lankan salad you’ll ever make and a wonderful rice puller for your meals.
- 3 large onions sliced fine
- 3 medium-sized Tomatoes chopped
- 2-3 green chillies sliced fine
- 1 teaspoon red chillies flecks
- Salt to season
- Juice of 1 lime
- Slice and chop all the ingredients and place them in a serving bowl.
- Add chilli flecks and season with salt(careful with the salt).
- Pour in the lime juice and thoroughly mix with all the ingredients in the bowl.
- Make sure the taste is balanced, serve with your favorite rice and curry dish.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 81Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 204mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 3gSugar: 10gProtein: 3g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.
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Monday 17th of October 2022
I want to just express my appreciation for Island Smile and the author. This is my go-to for well explained, simple, authentic dishes for mealtime!
I am a student busy with further studies so I do not have the time to go in-depth into cooking due to time constraints, but this allows me to surprise my loved ones every time. It manages to convey everything in a concise manner but without leaving anything important out! Thank you very much.
Monday 17th of October 2022
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Thursday 21st of February 2019
In my grocery store, they do not have anything labeled “green chilies”...do you know the exact kind of pepper I could use? Would jalapeños work, or poblano? Thank you. This looks delicious and I’m excited to try it!
Thursday 21st of February 2019
hello Mrs Remy, I don't see an issue in using either of the two peppers mentioned, as long as you can handle the spiciness of the chicken curry. what I refer to as green chillie here is more like the Thai bird's eye chillie. Hope you enjoy making the curry and let me know if you run into any issues, the quickest way to contact me would be to message me through the blog fb page. Regards, J