Gooseberry Hot Sauce is perfect with empanadas or paired with seafood, grilled chicken and more!
This Ají de Uchuvas (Gooseberry Hot Sauce) is a spicy, sweet and tart sauce made with gooseberries, hot chili peppers, scallions, lime juice and cilantro.
Ají de Uchuvas Recipe (Gooseberry Hot Sauce)
- 1 cup of uchuvas
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 1 small hot red pepper diced
- 1 scallion chopped
- 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- ½ of cup water
- Salt to taste
- Place the uchuvas with the sugar and ¼ cup of water in a small pot and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes to 7 minutes.
- Transfer to a blender and blend with the hot peppers. Add the scallions, lime juice, cilantro, and salt to taste. Add more water if necessary.
- Serve warm or cold.
What are Gooseberries?
Uchuva is a South American fruit, also known as gooseberry in Africa, aguaymanto (golden berry) in Peru, uvilla in Ecuador and physalis in the United Kingdom. Whenever I’m lucky enough to find fresh uchuvas in the United States, just the smell transports me back to Colombia. They are yellow and look like small tomatillos with papery husks. In Colombia we use this fruit to make sauces, desserts, drinks and salads.
This Ají de Uchuvas can be served as a dip for patacones, plátanitos and yuca frita. It’s also terrific with empanadas, grilled poultry, fish or meats. Also, feel free to adjust the peppers to your spice preference. Personally, I like things hot!
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Buenísimo Erica, gracias por compartirla!!!
How can I get the recipes in Spanish, the reason is that some times I don´t know the meaning of some ingredients like scallion. Thanks a lot.
Recetas en español: https://www.mycolombianrecipes.com/es/
Gorgeous bright colour! The sauce must be tasty, Erica.
we don't have gooseberries here but i'd sure like to try them one day, especially if they're prepared like this!
Just LOVE gooseberries, in French we call them earth cherries. I have never seen them in a savory setting, very curious.
Merci pour cette découverte. Effectivement,c'est très difficile à trouver et c'est un fruit excessivement cher. En général, on le trouve à Noel Bises Chris 06
I just found your cookbook and blog spot!! Wow. I really love these recipes. I was gonna order the cookbook but can only find the Spanish version. Is there an English version? Thanks so much.
We don't have an English version yet!Thank you for your wonderful comment.