Bahian Salsa

See the RecipeAndré Baranowski

This preparation, a Bahian salsa-like condiment, comes from Jubiraci Martins da Silva (aka Cacique), a Salvador native and a friend of author Presilla's. Like Mexican pico de gallo, it's made with fresh tomatoes, onions, chiles, and cilantro, all finely chopped and mixed together with lime juice. Cacique uses the tiny, fiery malagueta chile, which is hard to find in the U.S. Thai chiles make a good substitute; they have a similar pungency and clean flavor.