Spicy Indian Yogurt Sauce

Cayenne is a red or green hot chili pepper used to flavor chile food dishes and is also used for medicinal purposes. Named for the city of Cayenne in French Guiana, it is a cultivar of Capsicum annuum related to bell peppers, jalapeƱos, and others.

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1 cup chopped onions
1 long hot cayenne chile, stemmed and chopped fine
2 Tbsp. corn oil
1 tsp. ground cumin seeds
1 tsp. ground coriander seeds
1 large tomato,seeded and diced fine
2 tsp. unbleached white flour
1 cup plain yogurt
salt, to taste


Saute the onions and chopped chile in the oil until tender, about 10 minutes. Add the cumin and coriander and saute for a minute, stirring constantly. Stir in the diced tomato and flour and cook for about 2 minutes. Finally, stir in the yogurt and heat the sauce thoroughly, but do not boil or the yogurt will curdle. Add salt to taste and serve over your favorite Indian food.

Yields 4 servings.

Recipe from The Gutsy Gourmet.