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How to make a starter sauce – Ata lilo

How to make a starter sauce (Ata lilo) – The starter sauce is a name I coined to for ‘Ata lilo’ which literarilly means blended peper. Ata means pepper and Lilo means blended or ground.

In my tribe,  ”Ata” is a geneal term used for both peppers only and also, a combination of peppers with other things like Tomatoes, Onions, Garlic and the likes.

You a watch the video of how I make my Ata Lilo below:

This Starter Sauce has great versatility. It can be used as a base sauce for different Nigerian recipes such as stews, Jollof Rice, Pasta Sauce Vegetables like Spinach and so much more.

I was a little skeptical about publishing my own way of making the Ata lilo but I gave it a second thought because most of our Nigerian recipe calls for this and I don’t want to bore people by going through process every time I have a recipe that calls for the starter sauce. I’d rather refer people to this post than bore them with the process over and over again each time I have a recipe that calls for it  since I like to keep my video recipes as short as I can.

Just as I have chosen to name this sauce “starter sauce”  I have also come across names like Base suace, Nigerian pepper sauce, Tomato sauce and the likes. You call it what you think suits you best but the aim of the whole recipe is to get a pipping red colored sauce for your enjoyment.

Notes:

You can make this sauce in bulk if you have enough freezer space. you can even use your own variety of peppers. (You don’t necessarily need to use my choice of peppers).

It’s O.k to boil it on a high heat if you are planning to use it up within a couple of days but if you intend to store it and use it over a couple of months it’s advisable to boil it slowly so that it doesn’t go sour

Also, your cooking time will increase if you use a larger quantity of Peppers, Tomatoes an Onions.

Starter Sauce (Ata lilo) - Base sauce for making most Nigerian meals

Starter Sauce (Ata lilo). This is the base Sauce for making stews and soups

***I made this sauce to show you the process involved if you plan to store it over a long time noe hat, you definitely don’t need to boil it for a long time if you ar planning to use it right away or within a couple of days.

Below is the list of ingredients I used but you can vary or tweak it the way you want it. It could also be made in Bulk and stored in the freezer for a couple of months for use when needed.

***You can also remove the seed of the Habanero Pepper if you like less heat in the Sauce

 

 

 

 

 

How to make a starter sauce - Ata lilo

How to make a starter sauce (Ata lilo) - The starter sauce is a name I coined to for 'Ata lilo' which literarilly means blended peper. Ata means pepper and Lilo means blended or ground.
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Course: Soup, stew
Cuisine: African
Keyword: easy, homemade
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 94kcal
Author: Lola Osinkolu

Ingredients

  • 2 Red Bell Peppers
  • 1 Habanero
  • 1 Chilli Pepper
  • 4 Tomatoes Big plum
  • 1 Onion Sweet
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil

Instructions

  • Blend the peppers, Tomatoes and Onions
  • Add oil in the Pot
  • Pour the blended sauce (You don't need to heat the Oil). Note that if you heat the Oil the sauce will start to fry and we really don't want to fry the oil we just want to boil.
  • Boil on a low heat. (I set my stove on a mark of 4).
  • Boil on a low heat between 1 hour and 1 hour thirty minutes depending on the consistency you want.

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 395mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2415IU | Vitamin C: 92mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

 

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