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African Pepper Sauce

African Pepper Sauce

African pepper sauce is a flavorful, spicy and straight forward Namibian style pepper sauce. Made with blended fresh tomatoes, fresh chilli peppers, red sweet pepper, fresh ginger root and onion and cooked until the sauce has thickened.

Pepper sauce goes well with many dishes from fried dough balls, Namibian style grilled beef to hot mielie pap. You can also use it to refine sauces

The authentic Namibian pepper sauce calls for pili pili or peri peri pepper – African devil pepper that’s very popular in Southern African countries. But I have made this pepper sauce with fresh chilli peppers I could get my hands on and it still turned out spicy.

What you’ll need to make hot tomato sauce

  • 40 g (1.5 oz) fresh ginger root
  • 400 g (14.1 oz) fresh tomatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 50 g (1.8 oz) fresh chilli peppers
  • 1 large red bell pepper about 150 g/5.3 0z
  • 2 teaspoons honey/ agave or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

How to make Southern African hot sauce

Begin by peeling and cutting the onion into bite – sized pieces. Next, peel ginger root and garlic and cut into small pieces.

Then wash the sweet red pepper and chilli peppers, remove the core, and roughly chop into large pieces. Now wash the tomatoes and cut them into quarters.

Add bell pepper, onion, garlic, ginger, chilli peppers and tomatoes to a jar and blend the ingredients together. You could also use a blender or food processor. (DO NOT ADD WATER!).

Pour the mixture into a saucepan or small pot. Add honey (or what ever you’re using), oil and combine well. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce the heat. Let simmer for 40 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.

Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. Then fill the sauce into jars and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. (Use up the pepper sauce within 3 weeks).

What to serve with African hot sauce

African Pepper Sauce

African pepper sauce is a flavorful, spicy and straight forward Namibian style pepper sauce. Made with blended fresh tomatoes, fresh chilli peppers, red sweet pepper, fresh ginger root and onion and cooked until the sauce has thickened.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: condiment, Dips and sauces
Cuisine: African, Namibian, Southern African
Keyword: African chilli sauce, African hot sauce, African pepper sauce, hot sauce
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Ester | esterkocht.com

Equipment

  • Hand blender (blender or food processor)
  • Jar
  • Saucepan or pot

Ingredients

  • 40 g (1.5 oz) fresh ginger root
  • 400 g (14.1 oz) fresh tomatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 50 g (1.8 oz) fresh chilli peppers
  • 1 large red bell pepper about 150 g/5.3 0z
  • 2 teaspoons honey/ agave or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  •  salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Begin by peeling and cutting the onion into bite – sized pieces. Next, peel ginger root and garlic and cut into small pieces.
  • Then wash the sweet red pepper and chilli peppers, remove the core, and roughly chop into large pieces. Now wash the tomatoes and cut them into quarters.
  • Add bell pepper, onion, garlic, ginger, chilli peppers and tomatoes to a jar and blend the ingredients together. You could also use a blender or food processor.
  • Pour the pepper sauce mixture into a saucepan or small pot. Add honey (or what ever you’re using), oil and combine well. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce the heat. Let simmer for 40 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.
  • Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. Then fill the sauce into jars and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. (Use up the pepper sauce within 3 weeks).

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