Prep 30 mins
Cook 10 mins
A favourite at our family BBQs. You can serve this jam on almost anything e.g.: with steak, chicken, fish, or on fresh bread sticks or flat breads.
- 1 head garlic, peeled and chopped
- 2 onions, roughly chopped
- 2 cups fresh red birds eye chiles, de-seeded and tops removed (I don't deseed the chillies but this is my personal taste)
- 3 tablespoons tamarind paste
- 2 -3 tablespoons fish sauce
- 3 tablespoons white sugar
- 3⁄4 cup peanut oil
- Heat the oil in a saucepan.
- Add garlic and onion and cook on a low slow heat until the onions are transparent.
- Note: do not brown the onions and garlic.
- Add chillies to the garlic and onion mixture and cook until the chillies are soft.
- Again being careful not to brown or burn the garlic, onion and chilli mixture.
- Next, to the mixture in the saucepan, add the tamarind paste, fish sauce and the sugar.
- Simmer for ten minutes then turn off heat.
- Cool for a few minutes and then pour the mixture into a blender or food processor and blend until the mixture is the consistency of jam.
- (Blend to a smoothiish texture) Pour into sterilised jam jar and store in fridge.
- The Chilli Jam will last for a couple of weeks in the fridge.
Wow, a really great Thai style jam that certainly packs a punch when you leave the seeds in! Also has great balance of flavour with a bit of saltiness / sweetness combined with the garlic. I haven't seen fresh bird's eye chilis locally so instead used 15g of whole dried ones that I reconstituted in water to make half the quantity which I think would have been roughly equivalent to a cup of fresh. After 10 minutes of simmering I thought maybe the oil meant it hadn't reduced quite enough but resisted the temptation to simmer longer and the consistency was spot on after cooling and later blending. I can see this being a great condiment to serve at a BBQ as an optional extra for chili lovers to spice things up a bit accompanied with a nice cold beer.