Nigerian Fried Red Pepper Sauce (Ata Dindin)
Ata is the Yoruba word for chile pepper, and Nigerian chiles range from the tiny ata wewe to the large ata funfun. This sauce is served like a relish or dip with many West African dishes, particularly grilled meats.
- 10 dried red New Mexican chiles, seeds and tems removed, soaked in hot water for 1 hour
- 1/2 cup peanut oil
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
Remove the chiles from the water and puree them in a blender or food processor. Heat the oil in a skillet, add the onion pureed chiles, tomato sauce and salt. Fry over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add 1 chopped bell pepper and cook with the onion mixture.