Hogao is one of the most traditional Colombian seasoning sauces. We use Hogao as a base for many typical Colombian dishes or just as a dipping sauce for Pátacones, Platanitos and Yuca frita or just as a topping for arepas. I keep it refrigerated for up to 1 week.
In Colombia you will find different versions of this sauce. I prepare this hogao the way my grandmother taught me as indicated in this recipe.
(about 2 cups)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup chopped scallions
2 cups fresh chopped tomatoes
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground pepper
- Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the tomatoes, scallions, garlic, ground cumin and cook gently for 10 minutes, stirring until softened.
- Reduce the heat to low, add the salt and , cook for 10 minutes more, stirring occasionally until the sauce has thickened. Check and adjust the seasoning.