Garlic sauce is a popular condiment in Trinidad and Tobago.
It is a must-have on favorites like fries, chicken, bake and shark and more.
Of course, in T&T, we add our own flare to the sauce with fresh herbs like chadon beni.
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Trini Garlic Sauce Ingredients
To make a simple garlic sauce, you will need:
- chadon beni leaves
- juice of lemon or lime
- pepper of your choice (black pepper is a great option but fresh pepper works too)
Optional but effective ingredients include:
Although this sauce is simple and straightforward, you can add more chadon beni leaves to create a garlic chadon beni sauce. This will add a sharper, more herbaceous taste to the sauce.
How to Make Trini Garlic Sauce
No heat or cooking is done to make this sauce, so you will need to use properly sanitized utensils and equipment.
To make the sauce, prep the ingredients: peel the garlic and rinse. Wash your choice of citrus and squeeze the juice. Remove any seeds.
Chadon beni (bandhaniya) leaves are notorious for having lots of dirt on the undersides of their leaves. So, be sure to wash them thoroughly. Do the same for chive too if you choose to use it in your sauce.
Next, all you have to do is blend all the ingredients together until you have a smooth garlic sauce. I’m using the Nutri cup of my Ninja kitchen system here and it blends everything to prefection.
If you want a very thick garlic sauce, reduce your water amounts; for a thinner sauce, add more water.
Use the garlic sauce straight away! Or add it to a very clean pour bottle and refrigerate. It should last a few days in the fridge.
That’s it! Your very own trini garlic sauce to use on bake and shark or any type of sandwich you’ve made. The sauce is tasty and versatile.
Garlic Sauce Recipe
Trini Garlic Sauce Recipe
- ¾ cup mayo
- 5 garlic cloves (peeled)
- 3 chadon beni leaves
- 1½ tbsp lime juice (or lemon)
- 1½ tbsp water
- 2 tsp sugar
- ¼ tsp salt (adjust to taste)
- ¼ tsp black pepper (or fresh pepper) (adjust to taste)
- Peel garlic and rinse.
- Rinse chadon beni leaves.
- Rinse lime, cut, squeeze and remove any seeds.
- Blend all ingredients until smooth.
- Taste test and adjust flavors like salt and pepper.
- Serve immediately or bottle and store in the fridge.