I figured out through educating people about vegan recipes that many did not know about Peri Peri. So, thank you to my peeps for inspiring me to write this post.
Also known as Piri Piri and Pili Pili, PeriPeri is a kind of chilli pepper that grows wild and domesticated in different parts of the world.
Somewhat popular in the Western world! Portuguese use it extensively in their cooking. When mixed with the right condiments and spices it is a divine addition to your dishes if you love the zing in the chilli. Peri Peri sauce is commercially manufactured and used by the fast food chains such as Nandos.
The sauce is very versatile specially in vegan cooking to spice up some of the bland(ish) vegetables. I also use it in sandwiches, marinades and in several of the dips.
The simple, yet delicious and versatile recipe, posted below can be made ahead of serving and keeps well in the refrigerator for at least a week. Not only does the sauce taste heavenly but also offers many health benefits. Here’s the secret benefits of each ingredient:
Chilli – where do I start, ok – fight headaches, prevent sinusitis, fight cancer, lower blood pressure, fight inflammation, soothe intestinal disease, burn fat and help weight loss, have loads of vitamin C, warm your feet ….and more.
Celtic Salt – naturally fortified with 86 different minerals
Lemon – Vitamin C, weight loss..this is a great source
Olive oil – Helps blood sugar level, balanced cholesterol, cancer protective properties
Garlic – Natural anti-biotic, anti-inflammatory, helps cholesterol, packed with vitamins and nutrients, weight control, healthy heart and the list goes on.
Cayenne pepper – the effect of this little colourful powder on body is dramatic. If you haven’t heard the hype yet, watch the health benefits of cayenne pepper.
- 10 – 12 chillies (jalapeno, poblano or similar), crushed
- Pinch Celtic salt
- 1/2 tbsp cayenne pepper
- Juice of ½ lemon
- 10 ml olive oil
- 2 tbsp garlic powder (not crushed garlic as the mixture will be too runny)
- Mix all ingredients into a thickish dipping sauce.
- Use blender if possible.
Who said vegan food was not tasty?? This humble little sauce is packed with goodness beyond one’s imagination. If you have recipes for any of your favourite sauces, please share them here or on Vegan Recipes facebook page.