Spice Advice: Piri Piri
Ah yes, Piri Piri. The spice so nice they named it twice. Also known as Peri Peri, it takes its name from the swahili for “pepper”: Pilipili. Inspired by the famous sauce (which has been around since the 1600’s and historians trace back to either Angola or Mozambique), our blend features paprika, onion, garlic, salt, brown sugar, coriander, oregano, birds eye chilli powder, smoked paprika, ginger, and cardamom. With a double dose of paprikas, you’ll get that fiery, expressive red you’re after - plus a balanced flavour that truly runs the gamut.
It’s love at first sniff when you open up the tin. Aromas of smoky chilli, herbaceous oregano and spicy ginger treat the senses before you’ll even get a nibble! Right as the blend hits your tongue you’ll taste (and feel) a pleasant but direct kick of heat that slowly builds. The spice level’s not overpowering, but it’s definitely got something to say. Then, right when you think you’ve gotten this adventurous little blend figured out, the savory garlic, sweet brown sugar, and heady cardamom come together to totally tease your tastebuds. They won’t know what hit ‘em, but they’ll be happy it did!
If you haven’t already tried this Spicewalla fave and fallen in love, we want to warn you: this will immediately become a staple in your kitchen. Go ahead and clear off some space on the rack. It’s one of those spices that’s easy to imagine putting on just about anything. Proteins like grilled steak, rotisserie-style chicken and weeknight turkey burgers will be leveled up instantly. Sprinkle some onto roasted veggies like brussels sprouts, red peppers and sweet potatoes for a hearty and satisfying topping to quinoa bowls or hummus wraps. Seriously (piri piri-ously), we’re in love with this stuff!