Aji amarillo, also known as the mirasol or simply ‘yellow chilli’, is a mild Peruvian chilli with a warm, fruity aroma. It’s a common ingredient across western South America, where you’ll often see it used in marinades, spice rubs and stews.
Aji amarillo has a lingering, fragrant heat that works brilliantly with creamy sauces, squash and root vegetables. Add to cream or a roux for white sauce to make creamed spinach with a subtle chilli warmth. Use aji amarillo powder to season a butternut squash soup, or dust over carrots and parsnips before roasting.
A fun way to start a party with friends informally snacking in the kitchen. The sunshine-coloured aji amarillo chilli adds a lingering and fragrant heat to these fritters.
Ingredients Serves: 10
- 200g tinned sweetcorn
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 4 finely chopped spring onions
- 1 finely diced red pepper
- the finely grated zest of ½ lime
- the juice of 1 whole lime
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- a small bunch of finely chopped fresh coriander
- ¼ tsp salt
- 75g potato starch
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 sachet (8g) aji amarillo powder
- 75g cold sparkling water
- sunflower oil to frying
- Flaky sea salt for serving
- Drain the tinned sweetcorn and tip into a large mixing bowl. Add garlic clove, minced, spring onions, red pepper, lime zest, the juice a lime, ground cumin, fresh coriander and salt, and mix well.
- In a separate bowl, stir together potato starch (often called potato flour – it is a very fine white powder like cornflour), bicarbonate of soda, aji amarillo powder and cold sparkling water to make a thick paste.
- Pour the potato starch paste into the vegetable bowl and mix thoroughly.
- Heat 3-inches of sunflower oil in a heavy-based saucepan until it reaches 180°C, or until a small piece of bread sizzles when dropped into the oil.
- Working in batches, carefully lower tablespoons of the corn mixture into the hot oil and fry for about 3-4 minutes, or until a deep golden colour.
- Remove from the pan using a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt before serving.