Peri Peri - Hot Stuff!

A Culinary Delight!

Spelt Piri Piri or Peri Peri as is the case, this spice is – HOT!

Peri Peri is the spice of all spices and a well loved South African food seasoning.

THE PLANT

Plants growing this ‘pepper’, are usually very bushy and grow to 45-120cm long. The fruits are tapered to a blunt point measuring approximately 10cm long. The fruit is green before maturing changing to a bright red color upon maturing.

The plants like full sun so grows well in a hot climate.

MY INTRODUCTION TO PERI PERI

Mozambique was a Portuguese colony prior to the civil war. Having to flee swiftly, the Portuguese packed all the personal possessions they could fit into their vehicles and crossed the border into South Africa, and a lot relocated to the town of Nelspruit. This happened to be where we were living at that time and my neighbor became one of those who had fled.

It was my neighbor who introduced me to peri peri spice and kindly taught me how to turn many dishes into a culinary delight.

My favorite was peri peri prawns grilled or bar-b-qued. Some thirty seven years later and having tried many other recipes I can’t beat the Portuguese method.

Simply combine lemon or lime juice, chopped garlic, olive oil and peri peri. Pour the mixture over cleaned prawns, shells in tact, and marinade for 30minutes before cooking.

As a tip, pour the mixture left over after grilling, over boiled rice and what a side dish!

Mozambique Peri Peri Prawns
Mozambique Peri Peri Prawns

PERI PERI MARINADE

Peri peri, lemon juice, oil, cayenne peper, garlic, paprika, salt and oregano.

Quantities are at your discretion. It all depends on how hot is hot to the cook!

Use on any meat you grill such as chicken, beef, pork, etc. Marinade for two hours before cooking.

Even the boring Pork Chop is yummy when seasoned with peri peri! So don’t be shy to try the spice on a variety of meats.

Bottled peri peri sauces available in supermarkets suffice for cooking.

The Portuguese can certainly hold claim to cooking the best chicken in the world!

It is always Par Excellence!

They have all the best peri peri recipes, hot and delicious!

Little wonder Nandos Portuguese chicken is a winner!


Now that I have introduced you to the best hot spice for seasoning, you will not be at a loss for a yummy meal!

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DAWNEMARS 4 years ago from The Edge of a Forest in Europe

I know it is just to die for! My belly does not want too much of it. Great hub for the food fans. Thanks!


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LadyLyell 4 years ago from George, South Africa Author

DAWNEMARS, thank you for the comment.

I can't eat food that is too spicy myself so put a light sprinkle of peri peri on when cooking. It's worth a LITTLE try.

Enjoy your day!


Sarena 4 years ago

Peri-Peri prawns are my favourite, i agree no other spice can bet it. I definitely makes a big difference to a meal. Thank you for the marinade receipe, will give it a try.


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LadyLyell 4 years ago from George, South Africa Author

Thanks for the comment and do enjoy your next meal all spiced up with peri peri!


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

I love Peri-Peri and the more and hotter the better!

These Peri Peri prawns looks wonderfully delicious. Thanks for giving me an idea what to cook this weekend.

Wonderful recipe and great story.

Thank you, LadyLyell!


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LadyLyell 4 years ago from George, South Africa Author

Hi Sannel, if it's peri peri this weekend then you surely will have a good one!

Thank you for the continued support and compliment.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I love hot and spicy dishes and if I have eaten peri peri foods, I was not aware of what caused the food to be spicy as it would have been in restaurants. I do not have peri peri in the house but have a number of other hot sauces. Will have to look for peri peri. Thanks for this informative hub. Up, useful and interesting votes. Great photos!


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LadyLyell 4 years ago from George, South Africa Author

Peggy, thank you for making a comment on my favorite spice write-up!

You may see the spelling as Piri Piri when you go in search of it. If you do find it in your supermarket I will know, and so will all your followers, as you will love the flavour enough to want to tell all when you have tried it.

Hope to hear your opinion of Peri Peri!

Have a nice day!


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Sounds absolutely wonderful. From my family background and travel as an Air Force dependent I have a few Polish, Greek, Mexican,a and Philipino dishes. Now I can add a Portuguese recipe to my collection. I will be looking for the spice. Thank you.


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LadyLyell 4 years ago from George, South Africa Author

Good luck in finding the spice Peri Peri.Once you have it in your collection of spices you will never be without it.

Your variety of recipes sounds vast. I don't profess to be a natural in the kitchen but I do appreciate what good food is all about.

I am intrigued by your family history!

Thank you for taking an interest in my article!


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

LadyLyell -- I had to come back again and tell you about my successful dinner.

I cooked dinner for my girlfriends, trying out your recipe of grilled peri peri prawns. Oh my, so delicious and hot! I served it with rice and different salads. Very healthy meal with much fun, surrounded by dear friends.

I have to thank you again for this great recipe.


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California

My sister is Portuguese and I don't remember ever hearing about this spice. Maybe it's the secret ingredient Pi's BBQ. Had to eat lunch this hub made me so hungry


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LadyLyell 4 years ago from George, South Africa Author

Thank you for reading my article.

The spice is known more in Mozambique as far as I know. Maybe you have heard of Nando's chicken, Portuguese style spiced with peri peri.

Hope you find this fabulous spice in your supermarket!

PS: It may be available online


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LadyLyell 4 years ago from George, South Africa Author

That must have been a "hot" dinner Sannel!

I hope you didn't shake the spice bottle too hard after all you do want to keep your friends!

Put the blame on me if they are still steaming.

I appreciated hearing your results from this recipe.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I am still looking for it. Does it come as a dry spice or does it come in liquid form? We went to a large store that carried Oriental and Indian and other types of food last weekend and did not find it. Have some other places to look but it would be helpful to know what we are looking for. Ha!


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LadyLyell 4 years ago from George, South Africa Author

Hello Peggy,well I can't wish you a good "hot" peri peri meal if you can't find the spice!

I can only suggest that you inquire with Nando's or a South African shop. It could be available online. None the less I will look into it further and get back to you.

Here in Australia it is in the Woolworths stores and the South African store outlets. This is a powder spice however Nando's sell it in liquid form.

The first picture in this hub shows it in powder form and color.

Let me know whether you have any luck and if not I could post you a bottle but a "bottle" is the issue.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Thanks for answering my inquiry. We have some stores selling African foods. Now at least I know where to start looking. Should have thought of that since it is grown there. Will continue my search!


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Magdalena55 4 years ago from Australia

Hi LadyLyell. Thank you for sharing this information. I am Hungarian and we do eat spicy food. I love chillies and prawns. I will definitely try your Mozambique Peri Peri Prawns.


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LadyLyell 4 years ago from George, South Africa Author

Thank you for the comment and you will just love the prawns with chillies too.


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L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

I've recently come to enjoy my food a little spicier than in years past. The peri peri sauce definitely sounds like it is worth trying. Thanks for the introduction to it and the recipes.

Voted up and SHARING.


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LadyLyell 4 years ago from George, South Africa Author

Thank you for taking time to read my article.

I assure you there is no spice (hot) quite like peri peri. Once you try it you will never change over to another.

Let me know how you enjoyed your first meal all spiced up!


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I am thrilled to get this recipe! There isn't much information about this spice on the internet. A friend gave me some peri-peri after returning from Durban. I love the flavor and have been experimenting with it, but look forward to trying your marinade. Thank you for sharing!


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LadyLyell 4 years ago from George, South Africa Author

I hope your marinade turns out just right, not TOO hot, don't shake the bottle too hard!

You should be able to buy peri-peri in a South African shop in your country.

Please let me know how your recipe turns out and if you have any tips afterwards please pass them on.

I am most grateful for your comment.

Have a nice day and happy cooking!


Vickiw 3 years ago

Hello there, that was an exciting read for me, as it brought back wonderful memories of prawns piri piri in Mozambique, many years ago. I grew up in SA. Look forward to reading more of your Hubs! Voted up and I


Vickiw 3 years ago

Hello Lady Lyell, used to go to Mozambique years ago, and would always go for the wonderful peri peri prawns, usually eaten at a bar, masses of them. I recall people would just throw the shells etc on the sawdust covered floor, where they would be swept up. They were sooo good! Thanks for writing about them. We are able to get this spice easily in Canada now. I was thrilled when I noticed it on the supermarket shelves.

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