Piripiri

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Description[edit]

What curries are to foods of Asian origin, piripiri is to the cuisine of Mozambique. Originally the name of a small, red capsicum pepper, piripiri today can refer to any of the various hot, spicy dishes made with the fresh pepper itself or with the dried, ground powder it produces.

Ingredients[edit]

Procedures[edit]

  1. For a marinade, combine all the ingredients except butter in a bowl with meat or seafood.
  2. Stir to coat each piece well.
  3. If you’ll be cooking within a couple of hours, let the mixture sit at room temperature; otherwise, cover and refrigerate.
  4. Marinating overnight allows all the flavors to blend nicely.
  5. To make a sauce for basting, combine everything, including the butter.
  6. If you have made a marinade, you can use the liquid left in the bowl after the pieces of meat are removed, but it may be necessary to add a bit more of each ingredient in roughly the same proportions as before.
  7. To make a table sauce for the cooked meat, prepare a fresh mixture of all the ingredients and heat it gently for five minutes before serving.
  8. As a variation for basting chicken, substitute 1 cup of coconut milk for the lemon juice.