The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #127061   Message #2852560
Posted By: Richard Bridge
28-Feb-10 - 06:50 PM
Thread Name: Lower Coke Sun 28 Feb
Subject: RE: Lower Coke Sun 28 Feb
It's nearly a pachadi. Or to be simpler you can call it a hot pepper sauce.

A cup or two of chillis (of the violence that you prefer), a cup or so of red wine vinegar (or if you want it less sour, red wine), a lump of garlic (that's a whole lump, as it grows, not one sort of finger from the lump - the recipe says not peeled but I prefer to peel)

Put in food processor and smash like fury until smooth, almost like peanut butter but quite a bit runnier. It needs to be runny enough not to stick to the bottom of the saucepan. I turned the processor on flat out and went and did something else for nearly half an hour.

Put in small saucepan, bring to boil and simmer briskly for an hour or more, stirring and adding more wine/wine vinegar as necessary.

If you have lumpiness or significant texture, try to rub through a food sieve, or put through a food mill.

Return to saucepan, add sugar or honey to taste (tasting it is tricky as if you are too liberal with the size of taste you will paralyse your taste buds). You are aiming for a balance between the chilli heat, the vinegar sour, and the honey/sugar sweet. Simmer slowly until slight thickening is seen. Allow to cool a bit, put in clean empty jamjar (with lid) and refrigerate. It's supposed to keep for months in the fridge without freezing.