Super healthy, raw and vegan!
Mojo is a traditional sauce in Canary Islands, the two main types are green and red Mojo (Mojo Verde and Mojo Rojo), made from garlic, pepper, oil and herbs. Mojo Amarillo is not so common yellow sauce and this is our version.
Garlic – 2 cloves
Turmeric – 1 root (3 cm)
Calendula – 7 flowers
Papaya – 3 tbsp
Lemon – 1/2
Olive oil – 3 tbsp
Sea salt – 1 pinch
Garlic is a valuable nutritious ingredient, that is rich in flavor and the beneficial health boosting properties. Turmeric root adds more dimensional flavor, brighter color and more medicinal benefits. Calendula is a popular ingredient in skin care products, because of its antiseptic properties, but it is also an edible flower, that gives the sauce another layer of color, increasing the beneficial properties of the dish. Papaya and lemon are also known for their medicinal and nutritional values, that add a sweet and sour taste and creamy texture. The olive oil is one of the tastiest and healthiest oils, it combines all of the flavors and adds richness to the finished sauce.
To make the sauce, place quartered garlic cloves in mortar and pestle with generous pinch of salt, leave for few minutes and crush. Add quartered turmeric and chopped calendula pendants, crush again. Add well ripen papaya and crush till the creamy texture. To finish, mix in the lemon juice and olive oil, leave to settle and serve cold or hot, it is best served cold on hot food. The sauce will keep well in fridge for few days.
- The easier and quicker (but not traditional) method is to make the sauce with electric blender.
- In Canary Island, it is traditional to serve Mojo with Wrinkled potatoes. To make, cook small potatoes with skin in the pot with sea salt and water that would half cover potatoes, boil on high heat till the water completely evaporate.
- Use an olive oil that is more yellow than green to produce a clean and warm yellow tone.
- Turmeric is potent colorant, it stains wood, plastic, fabric, etc.
- For non vegetarians, this sauce goes well with fish, sea-food and chicken.