👵 Madame Jeanette ⭐ Starfruit Sambal 🌶️ Recipe

in hive-141359 •  last month 


The Madame Jeanette is Suriname's own chili, a fiery and dangerous pepper. Don't be fooled by the gentle name, this pepper is habanero hot!!

👋 Nice To Meet You Madame Jeanette 👵🌶️

   The Madame Jeanette Chili Pepper is synonymous with Suriname, if you have ever heard of Suriname, that is. There is no market or corner shop in the whole country that doesn't have a bag of these firestarters ready for sale.

   Wait a minute, Suriname is a Dutch-speaking country, and they've named their own chili after a French woman. "What kind of tomfoolery is going on here?"

   All I can say is that Suriname is a cultural melting pot, and surely French Guiana played some role in the history of this chili.

   The Madame Jeanette chili is fire hot, anywhere from 100,000 to 350,000 on the Scoville Scale, possessing a similar spiciness to its habanero and scotch bonnet cousins.

   It is Capsicum Chinense, or Chinese Capsicum, just like habanero and scotch bonnet, but Madame Jeanette's slender yellow figure makes her easily identifiable, and it's also a bit sweet, but you'll be lucky to notice that. 🔥

👵 Madame Jeanette ⭐ Starfruit Sambal 🌶️ Recipe



   Our landlord gave us some starfruits the other day, and we had an abundance of chilies, so I set out to whip up a sambal with a Caribbean influence.   If you don't have access to starfruit, pineapple would be a good substitute..

  • 4 ripe starfruits
  • 7 to 10 Madame Jeanette chili peppers
  • 1 small red onion (2 shallots will work)
  • 2cm piece of ginger
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp palm/cane sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • juice of 1 lime

👳 Preparation Method 🔪


Remove the brown spines from the starfruit with a knife.
Next, roughly chop/slice the onion, ginger, chilies and starfruits being careful to remove the seeds from the lime and starfruits.


Place all the sambal ingredients in a food processor or blender.


Grind all ingredients until smooth, but be careful not to overprocess your sambal, it will cause the water to separate.


After you've ground your sambal, place it a clean container and store in the refrigerator.

   This sambal is a great condiment to any SE Asian or Caribbean meal. Although this is an Ital sambal, you may enjoy it with a meat of your choice as well.

🙌 Respect The Ladies 🙅‍♀️

   If you happen to see Madame Jeanette around town, do treat her kindly and pay your respects. She's sweet but not to be taken in large doses.


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It’s very delicious. 😋 A little special, I like it bong.

Thank you @Sreypov, I think because it's not too spicy for you.

I never try this sambal before even In Indonesia. I would love to try recipe next time.

Thanks for sharing the idea :)

I think you will like it @anggreklestari, it is 50% Indonesian and 50% Caribbean, a good combination of flavors, and very delicious with tempeh.

I like a little 'heat' but this sounds like it might be a bit much for my tastes. But, the starfruit, though, I love those so much! 😋

Funny story: I kept seeing the word "Ital" in Sreypov's recipes. At first, I thought it was short for "Italian" but then kept seeing it with distinctly Asian-style cooking but thought it was a mistake and never looked it up. Then you used it here, so I researched it... now I know! LOL!

They are pretty dangerous peppers, but the starfruits really mellow it out. It is still spicy though, and would probably hurt most people. Madame Jeanette is a cruel mistress.

Funny you mentioned "Ital." We had an Ital restaurant in Cambodia, and on occassion would get the odd Italian customers. Usually they stayed and ate, never mentioning any confusion. However, it was a bit odd considering the name of the restaurant was "Adwa," a famous battle where Ethiopia and Ethiopian Empress defeated Italy on the battlefield.

It wasn't until living in Albania, I saw the word "Ital" all over the place, used as short for Italian. It then dawned on me why we had about 50 or so confused Italian customers through the years.

Flesh-out those anecdotes a bit, explain your personal definition and experience with Ital, and you will have another interesting post that will educate many people! And, my goodness, you lived in Albania for a bit, also...? What places you have seen!

Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

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Very interesting recipe. I bet it's delicious. I would love to try this. The starfruit looks fantastic.

If you're in the Philippines like your icon shows, you have easy access to all these ingredients. Thanks for stopping by.