Fancy something fiery to spice up your party? Here’s a quick and healthy Mozambican chilli dip that will go with pretty much everything — plus how to use it with chicken wings for a great party snack! The recipe’s hot off the press from The Africa Cookbook, love-child of Cape Town’s renowned and funky Africa Café. ‘Many people have begged me to bottle this dip, but here’s something better: my recipe,’ says Portia Mbau, who started the restaurant in her tiny living room in Observatory 27 years ago and now runs it in a spacious heritage building in Cape Town’s city centre. ‘The dip keeps in the fridge for months, though in my home it never lasts!’ she says  | Recipe and images: The Africa Cookbook by Quivertree For your chance to win TWO copies of The Africa Cookbook (one for you and one for a friend), click HERE


What you need


4 tbsp red chillies, crushed

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

½ cup olive oil

¼ cup lemon juice

2 tsp salt

Makes 1 smallish bowl


8 medium chicken wings

1 tbsp salt

1 cup piri-piri dip (as above)

Serves 4 to 8 people, depending on hunger levels

What you do 


Place all ingredients in a blender and blitz till smooth. Serve with any savoury dish of your choice or chicken wings as below


Place wings in a large stainless steel bowl and salt very well

Pour half the piri-piri dip into the bowl and rub into the meat with your hands (protect any cuts on your hands as the chilli will sting them) 

Marinate for at least 2 hours, or overnight

Grill chicken wings in the oven, or braai (barbeque) over medium coals

Use the remaining dip to baste the wings as they cook

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Featuring recipes from all over Africa and offering a range of options from salads and small bites to meaty mains and cocktails, The Africa Cookbook is the winner of the South African charity cookbook section of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. A percentage of its purchase proceeds go to FutureMe, a social enterprise based in Cape Town which aims to build a bridge between young people and the world of work. It’s also a mother-daughter production: recipes by seasoned restaurateur mother Portia, conceptualisation and design by her photographer and graphic designer daughter, Lumai. For your chance to WIN a copy each of The Africa Cookbook for you and a friend, click HERE.
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