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Recipe: Ají Paste

20min / 1 jar


Ají amarillo is Peru's edible gold, used in the majority of the dishes. Inka warriors ate the ajies to become strong and to be able to hunt. See


  • 12 ajíes amarillos (where to buy)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar / balsamic
  • salt to taste
  • groundnut oil


  1. Cut the ajies in half and take the seeds out.
  2. Boil for 5 minutes and rinse well.
  3. Take the peel of when lukewarm.
  4. Put in fresh water, add the sugar and let it boil for 5min.
  5. Rinse and blend the ajies, the oil to 1/3rdof the ajies, vinegar and salt. For small quantities you can use a blender, for bigger ones the kitchen aid. 
  6. Blend till the substance is creamy and yellow.
  7. Check out the video on my YouTube channel