Ata dindin or “fried pepper” in the Yoruba language is a delicious sauce that can range from medium hot to extremely hot. The Yoruba language is spoken in Benin and Nigeria. In Nigeria, a country more blessed with linguist diversity than
most other places on earth, it is one of the most important, widely spoken languages. Enjoying food from all over the world and loving any kind of peppers especially hot ones I came across this chili sauce while searching for an accompaniment for calamari rings. Seeing that we had nearly all the necessary ingredients at home I decided to try our own version of this spicy Nigerian treat. Having looked at quite a few variations of Ata dindin some of which had so many red hot chilies added to them that I feared my wife and I would have only been able to eat them with a first aid kit right next to us on the dinner table.
I decided to make our sauce slightly less daring. I included all in all 5 different kinds of peppers: 3 spicy hot (jalapeno, cayenne and habanero) and 2 mild bell pepper types. The final result we both liked very much. There are lots and lots of other uses and combinations for this lovely dish and we are sure to try quite a few of them in the future.
Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time: 60 minutes
Resting time: 0 minutes
Total time needed: 1 hour 40 minutes
Grade of Difficulty: standard
Let the hot sauce cool down a little before you fill it in a glass jar with lid. Once it has cooled down to room temperature place it in the fridge and use it as a spicy condiment for any of your favourite savory dishes.
Makes about 2 cups of the medium hot sauce
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