Brazilian Chile and Tomato Salsa (Molho Lambão)

Brazilian Chile and Tomato Salsa (Molho Lambão)
Brazilian Chile and Tomato Salsa (Molho Lambão)Ted Cavanaugh

Bahians like to ­finish this chunky salsa with a bit of juice from the moqueca, or whatever dish it is meant to accompany. The term lambão comes from the Latin lambere, “to pass the tongue over something.” In Bahia, the traditional mala­gueta chiles are said to ward off negative energy associated with some of the orixás, or spiritual beings. Look for malaguetas and pimenta de cheiro at farmers’ markets, or substitute drained jarred malaguetas from a Brazilian grocer and fresh serranos.

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