Ghanaian Chale Sauce

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Ghanaian Chale Sauce is a delicious and versatile condiment hailing from West Africa. Bursting with flavor and a unique blend of spices, this sauce adds an authentic touch to a wide range of dishes. Whether used as a dipping sauce or a marinade, its rich and tangy profile is sure to delight your taste buds. Be sure to try this West African cuisine.

Chale sauce

Ghanaian Chale Sauce

Avatar photoLaila Yetunde
A Tasty Recipe and Cooking Instruction for the Ghanaian Chale Recipe
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine Ghanaian


  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 3-4 hot chili peppers (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup water


  • In a blender or food processor, combine the chopped onions, minced garlic, chopped tomatoes, and hot chili peppers. Blend until you have a smooth paste
    2 large onions, chopped, 3 cloves of garlic, minced, 3-4 hot chili peppers (adjust to taste), 2 ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the blended mixture and cook, stirring frequently, for about 10-15 minutes until the mixture has reduced and deepened in color
    1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Mix in the tomato paste and continue to cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally
    1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • Add all the ground spices - ginger, nutmeg, coriander, cayenne pepper, paprika, dried thyme, and curry powder. Stir well to combine and allow the spices to bloom in the heat for a couple of minutes
    1 teaspoon ground ginger, 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1 teaspoon ground coriander, 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoon dried thyme, 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • Pour in the water and bring the sauce to a gentle simmer. Allow it to cook for about 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens and the flavors meld together
    1 cup water
  • Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste
    1 Salt and pepper to taste
  • Remove the sauce from heat and let it cool slightly before transferring it to a clean, airtight container. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to a week


Enjoy your homemade Ghanaian Chale Sauce as a dipping sauce for fried plantains, grilled meats, or as a marinade for chicken or fish. Its vibrant blend of flavors will transport you to the heart of West African cuisine!
Keyword Ghanaian Chale Sauce
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