Condiments, yogurt, South African yogurt sauce 1  Condiments, yogurt, South African yogurt sauce 2

Indian settlers in South Africa introduced this tangy sauce to take the heat off spicy stews.

3 cups plain yogurt

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 garlic cloves, peeled

one 2 inch piece fresh gingerroot, peeled and minced

1 jalapeno chile, seeds and ribs removed, finely chopped

½ teaspoon ground coriander

½ teaspoon ground cumin

juice of 2 limes

2 teaspoons chopped cilantro

2 teaspoons chopped parsley

salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1. Set a fine mesh sieve or colander lined with cheesecloth over a bowl. Add the yogurt, cover with plastic wrap, and let drain at room temperature for 2 to 3 hours, or refrigerate overnight.

2. Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic, ginger and jalapeno and saute until the garlic is golden, about 5 minutes. Add the coriander and cumin and saute until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Let cool briefly, then transfer to a blender, add the lime juice and drained yogurt, and blend until smooth.

3. Transfer to a bowl and fold in cilantro and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. (Store in a lightly covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.)

from Marcus Samuelson, The Soul of a New Cuisine

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