African Hot Pepper Sauce

In most parts of Africa, a meal is not complete without a side plate of Pepper sauce. This versatile sauce goes with just about everything - meats, fish, vegetables - you name it!

It's easy to see why - this sauce is so flavoursome, packs a punch in terms of taste and is one quick and sure way to turn a bland dish into a stunner.

AFRICAN HOT PEPPER SAUCE

But be warned - this sauce is not for the faint-hearted. It is HOT and SPICY...and a little sure goes a very very long way. As you probably guessed it from the name, one of the main ingredients is -yes- chilli. It doesn't matter what type of chilli you use, as long as you feature some chilli in the recipe, although the favoured variety in West Africa is scotch bonnet.

REALLY SPICY AFRICAN SAUCE

For this recipe, I have used ripe tomatoes, bell peppers and onions as the base to create an even more versatile sauce, and combined this with a blend of Ethiopian spices comprising paprika, ginger, coriander seeds and marjoram.

A bowl of African hot pepper sauce 

Enjoy this!


AFRICAN HOT PEPPER SAUCE

Serves 10


Ingredients

3 x medium-sized ripe tomatoes

1 medium-sized red bell pepper

1 small-sized green bell pepper

1 scotch bonnet (de-seeded) flesh only

1 large onion

3 cloves of garlic

2 teaspoons mild paprika

1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds 

1 teaspoon ground fresh ginger

a handful of fresh or dried marjoram

1 tablespoon olive or groundnut oil

1 stock cube


Method

Chop the tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers, and peel the garlic.

Sprinkle the tablespoon of oil onto the vegetables. Pre-heat grill to 200* centigrade and grill vegetables for 15 minutes.

Remove vegetables from grill and add to a blender or food processor. Add your spices and pulse until finely blended.

Transfer to a pan and cook on low to medium heat stirring frequently to avoid burning. 

Add the stock cube and let simmer for a further 15 minutes.

Your pepper sauce can be stored for up to a week in the fridge.


Nutritional Info

Calories - 37.5, Total Fat - 1.7g, Protein - 1.0g, Carbohydrate - 5.6g






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