Swahili, Mozambiquan Portuguese, ArabicShow more Etymology obscure; perhaps adaptation of Swahili pilipili pepper; or perhaps Mozambiquan Portuguese; in either case, the ultimate origin may be Arabic phil-phil chilli. The forms pil-pil and pilli-pilli occur in Spain and West Africa.
Perhaps used in the English of East Africa earlier than in that of southern Africa; a standard term in South African English.
A.adjectiveOf or pertaining to hot red chilli seasoning; descriptive of foods made with this seasoning or sauce.
1959L. MorrisWorld’s Best (Red Cross) 116Chicken Peri-Peri...Have at hand a piece of garlic and some cooking oil into which you put some chilli powder made by crushing or mincing or rubbing through a sieve the dry little common red chillies.
1969International Goodwill Recipe Bk (Jhb. Women’s Zionist League) 110Grilled Chicken Peri Peri...Pour 4 teaspoonsful of Peri Peri Sauce on each half and squeeze the lemon juice over the chicken.
c1970Your Guide to Spices (Robertson & Co.) 20Prawns Peri Peri: Fry Prawns in butter to which has been added juice of half a lemon and ¼ tsp. Peri Peri...Peri Peri Steak:...Season with garlic salt and a very light sprinkling of Peri Peri...Chicken Peri Peri...Peri Peri Sauce.
a1990S. Afr. Cookbk (Reader’s Digest Assoc.) 135Chicken Peri-Peri. A spicy dish of Portuguese origin, this is probably the best known of the ‘hot’ chicken dishes.
a1990S. Afr. Cookbk (Reader’s Digest Assoc.) 175Peri-Peri Sauce..is an ideal basting sauce for chicken or prawns ‘peri-peri’. The strength of the peri-peri flavour is determined by the number of times you anoint the food while grilling or braaing it.
c1970Your Guide to Spices (Robertson & Co.) 20To make curry really hot, lightly sprinkle Peri Peri over curry after serving.
a1973Blesbok Recipe Bk 73Sprinkle with salt, pepper, curry powder, mustard, peri-peri and mixed herbs.
1977L. Van der PostFirst Catch your Eland 177Piri-piri was perhaps Mozambique’s national dish and its main contribution to the art of cooking in Portuguese Africa. Piri-piri was, of course, not unknown in Angola...It has achieved a certain popularity in Lisbon but nowhere was piri-piri so consistently eaten as in Mozambique, particularly in Beira and the capital...The man who has become hooked on piri-piri hungers for his favourite dish like a junkie for heroin...Piri-piri feasts, if not piri-piri orgies, were organised for visitors from the interior...The restaurants and hotels, like the great Polana, always seemed full of piri-piri voluptuaries.
1988E. Crompton-LomaxS. Afr. Menu & Kitchen Dict. 58Peri-peri; piri-piri, a spice blended from hot chillies; excellent seasoning for meat, chicken and prawns.
1988F. WilliamsCape Malay Cookbk 20Peri-peri, a fiery mixture of red chillis, is a flavour unique to Africa...Mix flour and peri-peri and sprinkle over chicken on both sides.
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