Seeni sambol
Alternative namesSeeni sambal, Sini sambol, Sawi sambol
Place of originSri Lanka
Serving temperatureRoom temperature
Main ingredientsred onion/shallots, tamarind juice, chillies, salt, sugar
VariationsMaldives fish, curry leaves, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, lemongrass
Food energy
(per serving)
232 kcal (971 kJ)

Seeni sambol (Sinhala: සීනි සම්බෝල, Tamil: சீனி சம்பல்), also known as Sini sambol or Sawi sambol, is a traditional Sri Lankan condiment.[1][2] It is a caramelised onion chutney or relish, with flavours which are spicy, sweet and aromatic.[3][4] It is served as an accompaniment to rice, curries, idiyappam (string hoppers) and appam (plain hoppers). It is an integral component of lamprais and seeni banis (a brioche bun with seeni sambol filling).

In Sinhala and Tamil, seeni means sweet or sugar and sambol means sauce.[5] The main ingredients are onion, sugar, tamarind juice, red chillies and salt, which can also be combined with Maldives fish, curry leaves, lemongrass, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.

See also


  1. ^ Sivanathan, Prakash K.; Ellawala, Niranjala M. (2017). Sri Lanka: The Cookbook. Frances Lincoln. p. 76. ISBN 9781781012130.
  2. ^ Dharmapala, Su (2012). The Wedding Season. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9780731815616.
  3. ^ Alford, Jeffrey; Duguid, Naomi (2005). Mangoes & Curry Leaves: Culinary Travels Through the Great Subcontinent. Artisan Books. p. 30. ISBN 9781579655655.
  4. ^ Bajpai, Lopamudra Maitra (2020). India, Sri Lanka and the SAARC Region: History, Popular Culture and Heritage. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9781000205855.
  5. ^ Gunawardena, Charles A. (2005). Encyclopedia of Sri Lanka. Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd. p. 96. ISBN 9781932705485.