1 Fresh Chilli
3 Dried Chilli’s
3 Cloves of Garlic
350ml of Boiling Water
1 1/2tsp Smoked Paprika
1 1/2tsp Dried Oregano
1/2tsp of Chilli Powder (only for those who like to bring the heat))
3tbsp of Tomato Paste
Juice of 1/2 a Lime or Lemon
1) Firstly you need to get all your prep sorted. Roughly chop your onion and chillies (fresh and dried) and peel the outside layer off the garlic. That is all your prep down you can now move on to the cooking.
2) Cook the onion on a medium heat in a small amount of oil (I use sunflower oil but that is down to being a cheap skate) for about 5 mins till the onions have softened. Now add the chillies and cook for a further 3-5 mins stirring regularly and of course season with salt and pepper.
3) Add the Paprika, Oregano, Chilli Powder and Garlic (I recommend mincing your garlic to get the best results) and cook for just over 30 seconds, be careful to not burn your spices so watch the mix carefully at this stage.
4) Now add the Tomato Paste and begin to form a paste in the pot this shouldn’t take long at all no longer than a minute. You can now add the water and juice from either a lime or a lemon, bring the mix to the boil and simmer at a low to medium heat for 25mins.
5) Blend the mixture in a measuring jug or blender to avoid recreating a murder scene in your kitchen and pass the mixture through a sieve to assure the mix has a smooth consistency and no unwelcome surprises in the form of rogue chilli seeds.