Piri Piri – Hot Chilis from Mozambique

Piri Piri – feurige Chilis aus Mosambik

It is the “Eat Your Vegetables Day” and we would like to encourage you all to eat more vegetables. As inspiration, we bring you a specialty from Mozambique to try.

For Mozambique, chilli plants are part of the food culture and are not missing in any Mozambican kitchen. Almost all dishes here are served with chilli. So it is not surprising that almost every house in Mozambique grows chili plants in the backyard.

But Piri Piri was once spread by the Portuguese, who colonized the country for over 40 years. Today Piri Piri enjoys worldwide fame. Few people know, however, that this famous chili plant has its origins in Mozambique.

Piri Piri is served in various forms: dry, fresh, in the form of a sauce with oil and lemon or pickled with green mango. It is suitable for almost all dishes. Especially the piri piri chicken is now known worldwide.

Piri Piri Oil Mozambique style

The chili oil is perfect for those who like it spicy! It can be used in many ways and spices up any dish. What level of spiciness do you prefer? With the homemade Piri Poi oil you have the spiciness in your hand. Because: what is already unbearably hot for one person, is perceived by another as pleasantly piquant. In our recipe we use high quality olive oil, because of its taste. But you can also use any other oil, such as sunflower oil.

Ingredients:
  • Red and green fresh chillies (add dried chillies for more spiciness)
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • Olive oil
  • 1 green unripe organic mango
  • 1 lemon
Preparation:
  • Coarsely chop the chilis and garlic.
  • Put everything into a preserving jar.
  • Cut the green unripe organic mango with skin into bite-sized pieces and add.
  • Add the lemon juice and olive oil (fill the jar with olive oil well).
  • Close the jar well and let it rest in a dark place for a few days.

After a few days you can enjoy the chili oil with the peppers. It is also suitable as a gift. Family and friends will certainly enjoy it.

Have fun trying it out!

Learn more about the Mozambican culture in our blog and look forward to further posts!

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