This is an experimental sauce I made for a Moroccan-inspired dinner of falafel, tabouleh, and flat bread. I’d had a very spicy sauce on a delicious roast veg box from the fabulous Moroccan Box stall on Berwick St. Market and so decided to have a stab at it. The version I came up with is certainly firey – I drizzled it over the tabouleh with a minty yoghurt dressing and it worked brilliantly. The quantities can be adapted as needs be and if you are using bigger chillies you may want to peel the skins off after roasting. If you want a milder version then remove the chilli seeds before roasting. But where’s the fun in that…
3 or 4 large red chillies – stalks off and sliced in half
1 garlic clove – crushed
1 large tomato – quartered
1 small red onion – sliced
2 tbsp ketchup
1-2 tsp sugar
½-1 tsp ras el hanout
Salt & Pepper
- Preheat oven to Gas Mark 5.
- Put the sliced chillies, tomato, and garlic in a roasting tray and add a good slug of olive oil on a baking tray and roast for about 20-30mins until they are soft – giving a shake half-way through. You don’t want too much char on the chillies as it can make the sauce quite bitter so if they are beginning to take on too much colour, reduce the oven temperature and cook for a bit longer
- In a saucepan over a medium heat, add a splash more oil and begin to soften the onion then add the roasted chilli, garlic and tomato.
- Once everything is sizzling, add the ketchup, sugar, ras el hanout, water and seasoning and bring to the boil.
- Simmer for ten minutes or so then blitz with a stick-blender or food processor.
- Pass the sauce through a sieve into another pan – you should have a rich puree – and return to the heat.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning. It should be tingling and spicy – if it is too firey add more water and reduce as required.
- Use sparingly (or recklessly!)