Brooklyn Delhi Tomato Achaar and Roasted Garlic Achaar
With a name that means “pickled” in Hindi, achaar is a staple Indian condiment that adds a fiery, tangy accent to any meal. New York-based company Brooklyn Delhi uses fresh, local produce in its award-winning achaars, which are prepared in small batches by founder and chef Chitra Agrawal.
Robust, savory-sweet Tomato Achaar features bright tomato fruit enhanced with tart tamarind, earthy garlic and nutty sesame oil, for a subtly spiced, well-rounded sauce with just the right amount of tang. The achaar's mild heat level and smooth consistency make it an easy, complexly flavored substitute for tomato paste in soups and sauces—if you don't use it all for dipping.
And even those averse to raw garlic will love Roasted Garlic Achaar, which showcases the caramelized, mellow qualities of roasted garlic. The sauce has spicy-sweet notes up front, followed by an aromatic lemony tang and lingering mustard pungency. We love Roasted Garlic Achaar whipped into mayonnaise and smeared on sandwiches, or use it as a softer alternative to minced garlic or shallot in salad dressings.
- Net Weight: 9 ounces
- Ingredients: Tomato Achaar: locally grown tomatoes, sesame oil, expeller pressed canola oil, garlic, salt, red chili powder, tamarind, spices (black mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, turmeric, asafetida), unrefined sugar cane | Roasted Garlic Achaar: roasted garlic, lemon, non-GMO canola oil, salt, red chili powder, spices (black mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, turmeric), unrefined sugar cane
Paqu Jaya Peruvian Yellow Chili Concentrate
Artisanal company Paqu Jaya is on a mission to share Peru's one-of-a-kind chilies with the world, partnering with small village farmers to support local Peruvian economies. Ají amarillo is perhaps the most famous of Peru's indigenous peppers, known for its orange-gold hue, fruity-floral flavor and intense heat (up to 20 times hotter than the jalapeño). Paqu Jaya's Yellow Chili Concentrate is one of the brighter and fresher-tasting ají amarillo products we've tasted, with a potent flavor, medium heat and smooth, almost creamy texture. It's a versatile paste that can lean savory—think garlic and onion—or you can play up its natural sweetness, like in mango or pineapple salsas. We like it as a bright enhancement for delicate chicken or white fish; try pairing it with the lime juice in Peruvian Ceviche.
- Net Weight: 225 grams
- Ingredients: Yellow chilies, salt, soybean oil, citric acid
- Place of Origin: Peru
Paqu Jaya Peruvian Rocoto Chili Concentrate
Artisanal company Paqu Jaya is on a mission to share Peru's one-of-a-kind chilies with the world, partnering with small village farmers to support local Peruvian economies. Native to Peru and Bolivia and ubiquitous in their cuisines, the rocoto chili pepper has a unique apple shape and bright, fiery red color when ripe. Paqu Jaya's jarred paste retains a fruity, vibrant aroma and bold heat that hits the back of the throat; we were impressed by its punchy fresh-chili flavor and balance between vegetal and fruity notes. Fruity rocoto chilies pair well with fish and seafood—try tossing in Peruvian Ceviche. Use this concentrated paste in marinades for grilled meats, or swirl it into soups at the end of cooking for a bright accent; it's also a great tableside condiment for roast chicken or vegetables.
- Net Weight: 225 grams
- Ingredients: Rocoto chilies, soybean oil, salt, citric acid
- Place of Origin: Peru
Paqu Jaya Peruvian Panka Chili Concentrate
Artisanal company Paqu Jaya is on a mission to share Peru's one-of-a-kind chilies with the world, partnering with small village farmers to support local Peruvian economies. Panca chili peppers are one of the most commonly used varieties in Peruvian cuisine, with a subtle fruity flavor, medium heat and deep earthiness that borders on smoky. We tested several panca chili concentrates side by side, and Paqu Jaya's Panka Chili Concentrate was the clear winner with its smooth consistency and vibrant color.
Use this concentrated paste in marinades for grilled meats, or swirl it into soups or sauces; it's also a great medium-hot tableside condiment if you like spice. Or try an equal volume of the concentrate as a substitute for chopped chipotle peppers or adobo sauce in recipes.
- Net Weight: 225 grams
- Ingredients: Panca chilies, salt, citric acid
- Place of Origin: Peru
Paqu Jaya Peruvian Limo Chili Flakes
These Peruvian chili flakes are some of the brightest and freshest we've tried, with an aroma like a fresh Fresno chili. Along with a medium spice level and lingering heat, Limo Chili Flakes have a distinctly fruity flavor that borders on tropical or citrusy. If you don't have fresh chilies on hand, try a sprinkle of these vibrant chili flakes instead. Peruvian company Paqu Jaya is on a mission to share one-of-a-kind native chilies with the world, partnering with small farmers to support local Peruvian economies.
The chili flakes' fruitiness pairs well with fresh herbs such as cilantro; try Paqu Jaya Limo Chili Flakes as a finishing touch for our Spaghetti with Cilantro Yogurt in place of Aleppo pepper, or sprinkle some atop our Shanghai-Style Scallion Noodles. You can also substitute some for the fresh Fresno chili in Portuguese Shrimp Mozambique or Spicy Beef Salad with Mint and Cilantro (Larb Neua).
- Net Weight: 35 grams
- Ingredients: 100% dried limo chilies
- Place of Origin: Peru
Fior di Maiella Italian Hot Pepper Flakes
We're a big fan of chili flakes here at Milk Street and love finding exciting new varieties from around the world, but for those times you just want a familiar favorite—the kind you'll find at every pizzeria—this savory Italian blend is your best bet. A good proportion of capsaicin-rich seeds make Fior di Maiella fairly spicy, with rich earthy notes and a range of deep red hues and different-sized flakes that look visually appealing. Their vibrant, shiny appearance and pliancy are in fact signs of freshness, versus the stale, washed-out shards you'll find in grocery-store red pepper flakes.
Kameya Hon Wasabi
Just because your wasabi is aggressively spicy doesn't mean it's real; in fact, most of the wasabi in Western supermarkets is regular horseradish dyed green. Popular Japanese brand Kameya makes its product with true wasabi, or Japanese horseradish, which is incredibly rare because it only grows naturally along stream beds in Japan's mountainous regions. Beneath its sinus-clearing spice, wasabi has delicate earthy and vegetal notes that give the paste a refreshing, aromatic quality. Beyond sushi, add a dab to vinaigrettes or teriyaki glazes for fish, or try a small amount in your ham and brie sandwich or on your cheese platter—there's little its spicy herbal goodness can't improve!
Net Weight: 42 grams
Place of Origin: Japan
Crazy Korean Cooking Gochugaru Korean Red Pepper Powder
We love this finely ground Gochugaru Powder, which has a bright aroma similar to cayenne and can be used as a milder alternative to hot paprika. Made from sun-dried and deseeded Korean hot peppers, gochugaru is essential for Korean staples like kimchi and the hot pepper paste gochujang, not to mention a wide array of marinades, stews and side dishes. Its fruity, earthy flavor and approachable medium heat make it well rounded and adaptable to all manner of recipes in place of store-bought chili powder or chili flakes.
Crazy Korean Cooking Gochugaru Korean Red Pepper Flakes
Made from sun-dried and deseeded Korean hot peppers, gochugaru is essential for Korean staples like kimchi and the hot pepper paste gochujang, not to mention a wide array of marinades, stews and side dishes. Its fruity, earthy flavor and approachable medium heat make it well rounded and adaptable to all manner of recipes in place of store-bought chili powder or chili flakes. These coarsely ground Gochugaru Flakes have a crunchy—not papery—texture and earthy flavor that's perfect for garnishing; try substituting them for regular hot pepper flakes.
Belazu Ingredient Company Roasted Pepper Tapenade
Although Belazu Ingredient Company calls this paste a tapenade, it doesn't have the concentrated salty flavor associated with most tapenades; it's also not made with olives and capers, the defining ingredients of classic French tapenades. Rather, Belazu's vibrant spread has a rich roasted pepper flavor (think mild bell peppers, not spicy chili peppers), with an extra sweet-umami basenote and buttery finish. Tomato paste, paprika and garlic complement the peppers and add savory dimension. The spread has visible bits of pepper pulp, but on the palate it has a silky, almost creamy consistency.
Belazu Ingredient Company Turkish Pepper Paste
This robust pepper paste, a variation on Turkish biber sosu, features a base of sun-dried tomatoes and peppers for amazing depth and earthiness. With a smooth, spreadable consistency like a tapenade, Belazu's product has a concentrated, complex pepper flavor and a slow-building mild spice. White wine and balsamic vinegars brighten and balance the peppers' and tomatoes' ripe sweetness, while a touch of savory garlic grounds the flavor without drawing too much attention to itself.
Ingredients: Grilled red peppers, rehydrated sun-dried tomatoes, sun-dried peppers, extra-virgin olive oil, sunflower oil, white wine vinegar, salt, garlic puree, sugar, smoked paprika, balsamic vinegar of Modena, mixed spices
Net Weight: 130 grams Place of Origin: England
Belazu Ingredient Company Smoked Chili Harissa
Belazu uses its earthy Rose Harissa as the base for this bold and fiery chili paste, which has the perfect amount of smokiness from the addition of chipotle peppers. It's earthy but not overwhelmingly smoky, so you can still savor the fruity depth of the other chilies. The harissa's spiciness is complemented by rich balsamic vinegar of Modena and dark muscovado sugar, which bring out the natural sweetness of the chilies without overpowering the paste. Bright cinnamon rounds out the harissa, which we sometimes treat as a complexly spiced chipotle paste.
Ingredients: Rose harissa (rehydrated paprika peppers, sunflower oil, garlic, salt, mixed spices, rose petals), fried diced onion (onions, sunflower oil), sunflower oil, balsamic vinegar of Modena (cooked grape must, wine vinegar), chipotle pepper flakes, harissa dry spice mix (paprika, garlic, cayenne pepper, cumin, sunflower oil), dark muscovado sugar, water, paprika flakes, sweet smoked paprika, salt, cinnamon powder, coriander powder, garlic puree, citric acid
Net Weight: 170 grams Place of Origin: England
Paqu Jaya Yellow Chili Flakes
Ají amarillo is an orange-gold chili pepper from Peru, known for its fruity-floral flavor and intense heat (up to 20 times hotter than the jalapeño). It's hard to find on the international market, so we were excited to discover that Paqu Jaya sells these dried chili flakes. They're so fresh that just upon opening the jar, you'll be able to smell the peppers' aroma, and they retain a vibrant golden color—it's the closest you'll get to fresh amarillo peppers. The chili flakes are fruity and bright with a savory, spicy finish; they have a good amount of heat but aren't too fiery, so you can savor their botanical depth. For a distinctive amarillo flavor anytime you want it, this ground chili is a great shelf-stable ingredient to keep in your pantry.
Paqu Jaya El Amarillo Chili Sauce
Ají amarillo is the name for both an indigenous Peruvian chili pepper and the hot sauce it's made into. This medium-hot version of the famous condiment is delicately balanced between sweet, spicy and earthy flavors. The chili itself tastes fruity, floral and slightly vegetal, with an intense yet fleeting heat. To make this vibrant sauce, the peppers are cooked with mangos and oranges, emphasizing the chili's fruity notes while adding natural sweetness. Since amarillo chilies are rarely sold fresh in the United States, this hot sauce's concentrated flavor makes it perfect for incorporating Peruvian flavor into your everyday meals, and thanks to its thick consistency—think Sriracha, not Tabasco—just a little goes a long way.
Paqu Jaya El Peruano Native Chili Sauce
Cooked in small batches by hand, this well-rounded hot sauce has a bright, bold heat and a vegetal quality akin to red bell pepper, followed by a lingering smokiness. It’s made with a blend of amarillo and panca chilies, both native to Peru and grown by Incan farmers. Paqu Jaya brings out the chilies' fruity notes with mangoes and rich Amazonian honey, balancing the sweetness with savory garlic. The final product is a multifunctional hot sauce that can be used in just about anything—whether as a condiment or an ingredient for cooking.
Mama Lil's Kick Butt Spicy Peppers
These Hungarian goat horn peppers—a regional favorite in the Pacific Northwest—are produced in small batches based on a family recipe from more than 25 years ago. Mama Lil's enhances the goat horn peppers' heat with additional chilies in the jar, while the flavor overall is sweet and tangy with subtle grassy notes. The peppers have a tender, not leathery, texture and medium-hot spice. They are as good straight from the jar as stirred into countless dishes—there’s little that Mama Lil's peppers can’t improve. our food editor, Matt, considers these an absolute pantry staple and buys them by the case.
Auria’s Malaysian Kitchen Hot Chili Sambal
This small-batch chili paste from Auria's Malaysian Kitchen has a wonderful chili-forward flavor, with a balance between the brightness of fresh peppers and the earthiness of dried chilies that makes it adaptable to all manner of recipes. The spice is rounded out with pungent garlic and a touch of sugar and vinegar, and the producer also uses shrimp paste in its recipe, which contributes umami flavor without any fishiness. As an ingredient for cooking, you can get more mileage out of sambal than hot sauce thanks to its thicker consistency, while its complexity makes it a great powerhouse ingredient for weeknight stir-fries. Try substituting sambal for the red chili flakes in our Thai Stir-Fried Spinach.
Belazu Ingredient Company Apricot Harissa
Even people who can't handle too much spice will love this Apricot Harissa, which has permeating sweetness and light dried-fruit quality, backed by warming spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cumin. Whereas most versions of the popular North African condiment are fairly spicy, Belazu's product tempers chili's heat so it's just a mild, pleasant tingle on the palate.
Rehydrated chili peppers, soybean oil, garlic, salt, spices, rose petals, sunflower oil, dried apricots, rice flour, raisins, capers, balsamic vinegar of Modena, water, turmeric powder, citric acid, ginger, cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, fennel, sweet paprika.
Net Weight: 170 grams
Place of Origin: England