World’s recipes – Brazil: Tempero Brazilian condiment sauce

Another Brazilian recipe I made recently is tempero. It is a condiment sauce, surprisingly not hot. Main ingredients are: onions, garlic, herbs and much salt. I guess, the recipe can vary from province to province, because the authors of my Brazilian cookbook affirm the recipe is from province Minas (Minas Gerais) and I found in internet different recipes of tempero.

Tempero cannot be used solo, but is an ingredient itself to season other dishes. You can add it to fish, meat, chicken, soupes, other sauces and pastes.

I have to say: I simply love it! Too much salt, of course (it is necessary to keep it for months in the fridge), but it gives your dishes a wonderful flavour and taste.

For a glass jar of 300-400 ml You need:

  • 1 onion
  • 6-7 cloves of garlic
  • small pounches of parsley and leek
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 100 – 150 gr of salt (or a glass of it)

How to make:

1. Wash and peel bell pepper, onion and garlic cloves. Wash the herbs.

2. Add everything into the blender and grind, but not to a paste (rather coarsely).

3. Add salt to the mixture and mix good.

4. Fill the glass jar with the sauce and put in the fridge. If it is salty enough, you can keep it for months.

Enjoy your dishes with more flavour of vegetables 🙂




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