As a result, our first supermarket shop back in the UK included a special three-for-two offer of a large bag of birds eye, jalapeño and habanero chillies. I pickled the birds eyes, but short of setting up a taco stand couldn't think of any way of getting through the jalapeños and habaneros. So I decided to make some chilli sauce. I wanted something hot but with plenty of other flavours going on, and a bit of sweetness, too. I think this hits the spot.
Ingredients (makes about 400 ml)
12 habanero chillies
4 jalapeño chillies
2 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons of tomato puree
2 tablespoons of tamarind concentrate
2 tablespoons of demerara sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
250 ml water
30 ml cider vinegar
- Chop the tops off the jalapeños to remove the stalks, scrape out and discard the seeds, then chop the flesh. Cut the habaneros in half lengthwise, cut out and discard the stalks, scrape out and discard any seeds, and chop the flesh.
- Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic.
- Put all of the ingredients except for the water, vinegar and cornflour into a medium sized saucepan, and simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Add the water and vinegar and simmer for another 20 minutes or so.
- Use a stick blender to puree the cooked sauce.
- Transfer the sauce to a sterilised jar. (I use an old vinegar bottle - the thin neck is perfect for dosing out the sauce with enough caution not to ruin your food and enough generosity to allow you to enjoy the flavours.)
Ethnic is as ethnic does
I'd never thought of Scottish cooking as qualifying as ethnic food until me and Sammy came across this food truck in Portland, flanked by offerings from Thailand and Lebanon.