A fan since childhood, this Thai / Malasian / Singapore chilli and ginger mixture will add a whole new dimension to your oriental dishes. Or even just your cheese and crackers. Rocket fuel…
1 lb red chilli
5 1/2 ounces garlic, peeled and chopped
5 1/2 ounces tender young ginger, peeled and chopped
2 stalks lemongrass, thinly sliced (white part only)
6 fluid ounces vinegar
8 ounces sugar
salt, to taste
1 tablespoon lime zest, chopped
Blend the chillies, garlic, ginger and lemon grass in a food processor or mortar and pestle.
While processing gradually add the vinegar.
Place the pureed mixture into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat and simmer for 3 minutes.
Add the sugar and stir until dissolved.
Add the salt and lime zest.
Remove from the heat, cool and bottle in sterilised jars.