After returning to Cuenca we had a very empty refrigerator because I had cleaned it out a couple of months ago before we started traveling.
One thing I really like about living in Ecuador is the aji. Aji is a hot sauce made from tree tomatoes. The aji I like the best is made by Lourdes. She agreed to let me tag along and photograph the process.
Lourdes selected the produce and we came home to start production.
Here are the ingredients:
Tree tomatoes (as far as I know these are not available in the U.S.)
Red Onion (not in picture)
The first thing she did was washed the produce.
Then she put the tomatoes de arbol (tree tomatoes) to bring to a boil.
She covered them and removed them shortly after they came to a boil. The reason for this is to make them easier to peel......just like real tomatoes.
While she waited for the tree tomatoes to heat, she thinly chopped some purple and green onions.
She did not chop the peppers, she set them aside to be put in the blender with the tree tomatoes.
She removed the tree tomatoes from the stove and peeled them before putting in the blender.
She added the peppers and blended on high.
She used a strainer to get any pulp out of the mixture.
She added chopped cilantro and stirred it in.
As a final step she added a little salt.
And there you have it....Aji Lourdes style.
Lourdes just checked this post out and said that everything is correct.
Keep it refrigerated until you use it.
Nancy (and Lourdes)