Sambol is the Sri Lankan equivalent of Indian chutneys. Just like most Indian chutneys, sambols are also spicy and come in many varieties. It can be eaten as an accompaniment with a Sri Lankan thali (pre plated meal), dosas (Indian pancakes), hoppers, string hoppers, milk rice or any other savoury dish, preferably milder to the palette so that it complements the fiery taste of sambol. Some of the common ingredients found in sambol are red chillies, onion, ginger, garlic, palm sugar, grated coconut, lime juice, rice vinegar etc
Sambol is popular not only in Sri Lanka but also in other Asian nations such as Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia etc.