Mazavaroo, a well-loved Mauritian hot chilli sauce, is traditionally made with chillies, ginger, garlic, preserved lemons and spices, and Mauritians will eat it with everything from curries and breads to fruits. It goes well with braaied meats, seafood and even as a taster with bread and cheese. This version is a little different from the traditional, but equally as tasty.

Ingredients for Mazavaroo

200g green bird’s eye chillies
50g onion
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Remove the seeds from the chillies. Using gloves will help to avoid those nasty eye burns should you touch your eyes. Blend all the ingredients and then simmer in a saucepan to reduce the liquid to a thick paste. Pour the mixture into sterilised jars and seal. Refrigerate after opening and use within a month.

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