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Chakalaka
South Africa
  -   Chakalaka
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Sched:
DoAhead:  
4 main  
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2 hr  
Most

This is the definitive relish / sauce of South Africa, served with just about any meal. There are as many recipes as there are households, but most of them use a can of baked beans. This recipe makes a lot less than would be made in the RSA, but we don't use it every day here. It goes particularly well as a spread for flavorful bread, (and see Note-3).




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Tomatoes
Onion
Bell Pepper grn.
Carrot
Chili, fresh (1)
Ginger root
-- Spices
Cumin Seed
Coriander Seed
Turmeric
Salt
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Oil
can Baked Beans
Piri-Piri Sauce (2)
Prep   -   (20 min)
  1. Peel TOMATOES and chop fine.
  2. Chop ONION fine. Chop BELL PAPPER fine. Mix.
  3. Peel CARROTS and grate fine (I discard the skins, then keep peeling until there is no more carrot, then chop the peelings). Chop CHILI very fine. Slice GINGER very thin and chop fine. Mix.
  4. Grind together all Spices items.
Run   -   (1-1/2 hr)
  1. In a coverable sauce or sauté pan heat Oil and fry Onion Mix, stirring until onions are translucent.
  2. Stir in Tomatoes, Carrot mix and Baked Beans. cover and simmer gently for about 1 hour.
  3. Mash the mix to the extent you want - coarse as in the photo above, or as fine as a smooth purée. Stir in Spice Mix and Piri-Piri Sauce. Simmer for another 15 minutes.
  4. Serve Warm
NOTES:
  1. Chilis:   I used one Thai chili because there's more heat in the Piri-piri sauce. Adjust to your preference and according to how hot your piri-piri is. See our Chili Page for more information.
  2. Piri-Piri Sauce:   A very popular hot sauce in Portugal, Southern Africa and India. It's very easy to make - see our recipe Piri-Piri Sauce. This sauce is very easy to make, but if you have to fake it up, use a clean tasting hot sauce and some lemon or lime juice.
  3. Uses:   In South Africa boerwors sausages are cut to length, placed in a hot dog bun, and warm chakalaka spooned over in the manner of a chili dog. If you don't happen to have boerwors on hand, nothing's to stop you from using regular hot dogs.
  4. U.S. measure: t=teaspoon, T=Tablespoon, c=cup, qt=quart, oz=ounce, #=pound, cl=clove in=inch, ar=as required tt=to taste
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