HEAT UP: Chilli jam is the perfect accompaniment to winter weather.
HEAT UP: Chilli jam is the perfect accompaniment to winter weather.

RECIPE: How to make chilli jam

IF you're anything like me, you'll know that a little bit of chilli can bring to life any meal.

It's not everyone's favourite food, especially children, but this sweeter alternative to chilli's traditional hot flavour, could spell a brighter future for this pepper.

As we come into Australia's winter months, it's a nice idea to make and store some chilli jam for when your family needs a hot kick in the taste-buds.

The juxtaposition between a cold winter's day and a mouthful of chilli will create the perfect accompaniment of sensations.

Ingredients:

75 grams roasted and crushed peanuts

2 tbls Thai roasted chilli paste available in Asian section of your supermarket

1 ½ tbls fish sauce

2 tbls palm sugar or brown sugar

¼ cup sweet chilli sauce

¼ cup water

To make coconut chilli jam add 50 grams toasted shredded coconut and stir.

Method

Combine all ingredients in small saucepan and bring to a simmer, stir and remove from heat when sugar has dissolved. Bottle leftover jam.

The jam will keep for a few months in a sealed container or jar and also makes a nice gift.

Use on pan fried salmon as a special treat, char-grilled prawns or chicken.

Can also be used with spring rolls, rice paper rolls as a dipping sauce, anything really.


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