This is a basic dipping sauce using cilantro and vinegar, among other ingredients and it leaves a sweet, sour spicy taste in your mouth... Great with any fried dishes like Vegetable Spring Rolls or Lentil Patties (Masala Vadais) and many more...
Ingredients (yields 2 cups of dipping sauce)
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar (only 1/2 cup!)
1/4 tbsp salt
3/4 cup to 1 cup sugar (yes, 1 cup!)
1/2 cup sambal oelek
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
Dissolve the salt and the sugar in the vinegar using a whisk for 2-4 mins.
Pour into a small pot and bring it to a rolling boil, stirring continuously.
Remove from fire and let it cool.
Pour half of this vinegar syrup into a blender and add in the sambal oelek and cilantro.
Blend for 2 minutes and then pour this mixture back into the pot with the remaining half. Mix well and your Cilantro Dipping Sauce is ready.
Cilantro can also be substituted with Chinese celery leaves.