Ata Din Din (Pepper Sauce)

Ata Din Din (Pepper Sauce)

Oya Abeo founder Samiat Salami shared some of her favorite Nigerian recipes using Oaktown Spice Shop spices. Oya Abeo creates beautiful, handcrafted home goods to celebrate indigenous Nigerian artisan techniques at home and on a global stage while promoting equity and sustainability.

Serve Ata Din Din with Jollof Rice or Dodo ati Ewa (Beans and Plantain) or use as a stew for braising beans, meat or fish. It also works great as a spicy condiment on its own.

Serves 4


2 red onions, chopped, divided (half for the blender, and half for finishing the sauce)
4 red bell peppers, diced 
5 plum tomatoes, chopped
1 habanero pepper
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 cup water
1 tablespoon Jamaican Curry Powder
½ tablespoon ground ginger
½ tablespoon granulated garlic
½ tablespoon salt
1 cube chicken or vegetable stock
2 tablespoons olive oil


In a food processor or blender, add 1 diced red onion, bell peppers, tomatoes, habanero pepper and garlic cloves. Add water to the mixture to make it easier to blend. Blend in 30 second intervals until the mixture is fine (but not too fine). 

Pour mixture into a medium sized pot, cover and let simmer on medium heat for 20 minutes. In time, you’ll notice that all the liquid has evaporated and there is a pattern of tiny holes. We call this letting the pepper “dry." Turn the heat off and set it to the side. 

In a small bowl, combine Jamaican Curry Powder, ground ginger, granulated garlic and salt. Add this mixture to the “dry” pepper sauce, as well as the stock cube, and stir with a wooden spoon. 

In a medium skillet, add olive oil and chopped onions and sauté until the onions have a nice shimmer. Pour the oil and onion mixture into the “dry” pepper.  Stir and let it all simmer for about 5 minutes. 

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