Passion Fruit Hot Sauce

June 18, 2018mayurisjikoni



Whenever I’m going to visit my kids, or for that matter any of my family members, I tend to carry food stuff for them. Be it cookies, cakes, pickles, snacks, nuts, condiments, tea or coffee…the list is endless. When my relatives come down to Mombasa, they bring lots of food stuff for me. I use to think that its only Indians who travel to any corner of the world with half their suitcase full of food stuff.

Its only when bags open at the airports you realize that everyone, literally everyone travels with food stuff for their friends and families. OK, I rest my case, the younger lot, though they will not admit it, love all the food we carry but they will not be seen alive carrying food with them! The other person who makes a huge fuss about carrying food in his suitcase is my dad. However, times have changed, he will carry anything for the grandchildren. However, he always brings a huge amount of chocolates and cookies. When I say food, I meant things like chevdo, theplas, etc, anything that may make the clothes smell.

I have a confession to make. I get so angry when hubby wants to pack things in a box or carton and then put that in the suitcase! Whenever we travel, we don’t travel with a separate box with all these goodies in them as invariably a box will attract the attention of all those eagle eyed custom officers.And also now with all these luggage dimensions, the box doesn’t seem to fit in! So what hubby will do is get a box that will fit in the suitcase and then pack all the food stuff in it. That’s fine, but whose bag does the box go into??? Go on guess, guess! Mine! I know I’m going to lose the battle of the box every time we travel but I still grumble, rave and rant! Just purely detrimental to my mental well being..but its now like, become a ritual!

A mental note to self: do not rave, rant and grumble next time we travel.

Coming to Day 2, the condiment is still using passion fruit (yes I’ve gone nuts!). Yesterday I posted a mango and passion fruit jam and today it’s a hot sauce. Make it as hot or mild as you like. Mine is medium. As I’m packing to leave on vacation, I didn’t want to buy ingredients to make some finger food, cutlets or even potato wedges to go with the sauce. Then an idea struck that why not serve khakra with the hot sauce. I’m so pleased with the combo. Khakra and passion fruit hot sauce…. superbly delicious. As I’m writing this post, want to indulge in that combo and its late night!

Yes this too is going all the way to Montreal. A small amount was served to hubby, just for  tasting purpose and a small jar given to my best friend.

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Makes about 1½ cup

1 cup passion fruit pulp

1 cup peeled and grated carrot

1 small onion finely chopped

4-6 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped

¼ cup sugar

4-6 fresh red chilis, chopped

¼ tsp clove powder

a generous pinch of nutmeg powder

2 tbsp white vinegar

½ tsp salt

  1. Add the passion fruit pulp into a blender jug. Blend in short burst without adding water.
  2. Pour the mixture through a strainer to remove the seeds.
  3. Save about a tablespoonful of the seeds to add later to the dip if you like.
  4. Add the passion fruit liquid along with the carrot, onion, red chilis, garlic into the blender jug.
  5. Process till you get a course mixture.
  6. Pour the mixture into a heavy based saucepan.
  7. Add sugar and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  8. Lower the heat and let the mixture simmer for 5-7 minutes.
  9. Add vinegar and the spices. Mix well.
  10. Add the saved seeds and mix well if you want to.
  11. Pour the sauce into a clean glass jar.
  12. Store it in the fridge if not using immediately.
  13. Can serve this sauce with pakoras, cutlets, meat, fish, tofu, paneer or as a dip etc.



  • I did not remove the seeds from the chilis. You may do so if you wish.
  • Adjust the spices according to your taste.
  • Cook the sauce till it becomes a bit thick.


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  • mencanmakehomes

    June 19, 2018 at 7:19 am

    you are on a passion fruit recipe spree 🙂 ! this one’s amazing. never thought of a dip of passion fruit ! thanx for sharing

  • Priya Suresh

    June 19, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    Wowwing here passion fruit hot sauce, thats definitely a unique sauce for me. Wish i could get some fresh passion fruits cheap in rate to dish out this fabulous sauce. Lovely condiment.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 19, 2018 at 11:42 pm

      Thanks Priya.. I know they are so so expensive in Europe. And sometimes the pulp is not even that moist.

  • Nalini

    June 20, 2018 at 1:00 am

    Hot sauce with passion fruit sounds inviting and looks amazing..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 23, 2018 at 6:26 am

      Thank you Nalini.

  • Srivalli Jetti

    June 20, 2018 at 7:41 am

    A hot sauce after a jam! the combination sounds excellent. lol on your intro, must be really so tough travelling with food and planning on taking it proper and safe!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 23, 2018 at 6:26 am

      It is Srivalli, normally I don’t take pickles or jams, my first time and we are not allowed plastic bags. Cling wrap and newspapers come to the rescue and everything reached well here.

  • vaishalisabnani

    June 20, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Enjoyed reading your post and I can actually visualise the scene at the airport ! With bags filled with theplas and chunda – ha ha that’s how most people travel ! The hot sauce sounds flavourful and interesting .

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 23, 2018 at 6:20 am

      Thank you Vaishali.

  • Annapurnaz

    June 20, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    You are making me feel envious. Such a delectable sauce it must be. Alas! I can’t even try it as passion fruit is not available in my part of world 🙁

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 23, 2018 at 6:19 am

      Thank you so much Ritu.

  • Harini

    June 23, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    What a unique ingredient for a hot sauce. I have never tried passion fruit at home. Should get it sometime.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 24, 2018 at 1:18 pm

      It is a unique ingredient am sure you’ll like it Harini.

  • cookingwithsapana

    June 24, 2018 at 12:12 am

    When I get passion fruit I just finish them before thinking or cooking of any dish. But your hot sauce is tempting me to try saving some next time to make it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 24, 2018 at 1:17 pm

      Sapana try it as this sauce is so different from other normal sauces.

  • Chef Mireille

    June 25, 2018 at 6:08 am

    I often use mango in hot sauce – would love to try this version with passionfruit

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 25, 2018 at 10:24 pm

      I’d love to try the mango hot sauce.

  • gayathriraani

    June 25, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    I tend to take food while travelling, but it is only by bus, train or car, so I haven’t faced any problem you have. Nice reading about your travels. The hot sauce looks so good and a perfect match for kakhras..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 25, 2018 at 10:21 pm

      Thanks Gayathri.

  • Renu

    June 25, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    I have yet to try this fruit, we get here but still. I love the colour , the texture and everything about this hot sauce.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 25, 2018 at 10:18 pm

      Thank you so much Renu. Do try it out some day.

  • Shobha

    June 26, 2018 at 2:15 am

    Lovely recipe.. I really miss passion fruits. In Brazil they were so common. Here in India we rarely see them.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 27, 2018 at 6:28 am

      Thank you Shobha, yes they are difficult to find in India. I wonder why they are not grown there??

  • Paarul

    June 26, 2018 at 6:00 am

    Have not yet tried this fruit will try this soon..I m sure they taste yummy with khakhra or thepla

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 27, 2018 at 6:26 am

      Paarul do try the fruit. The sauce is pretty versatile as one can have it as a dip with chips, or spread on sandwiches etc.

  • Rafeeda – The Big Sweet Tooth

    June 26, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    Passion fruit is bitter sweet for me… I remember having it during childhood and not liking it, and unfortunately my mind is still stuck there. I am so intrigued to get back to trying it, and it is the first thing I want to cook with once I get into normal eating… hehe… the sauce sounds really intriguing, and love the idea of dipping the theplas in it! Very creative… and yes, I say the same mental note all the time, especially travelling with husbands can be really stressful, hehe…

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 27, 2018 at 6:25 am

      Thanks Rafeeda, your comment about husbands, travel and stress is making me smile 🙂

  • poonampagar

    June 26, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Your passion fruit and mango jam was so tempting di and now this hot sauce sounds so finger licking… yummm !!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 27, 2018 at 6:23 am

      Thank you so much. Even my son loved all three.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    June 27, 2018 at 2:59 am

    Traveling is always a nightmare and we quarrel the mist during the packing time. We never seem to agree on anything! That passion fruit hot sauce is a winner recipe. It can be used as a side for so many things. Lovely recipe Mayuri!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 27, 2018 at 6:17 am

      Thank you so much Sandhya.

  • curryandvanilla

    June 27, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    I did try passion fruit once, but it was so long ago, have no recollection of it’s taste ! A hot sauce using it sounds interesting 🙂 Will definitely like to give this a try when I come across the fruit next time 🙂 Beautiful share!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 29, 2018 at 8:02 pm

      Thanks Vanitha.

  • Ruchisvegkitchen

    June 28, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Loved reading your post. So true people can’t travel without food. Sauce with passion fruit , so new and very unique .. sounds very flavourful. Superb share

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 29, 2018 at 7:56 pm

      Thanks Ruchi.

  • Freda @ Aromatic essence

    June 29, 2018 at 12:21 am

    Love this recipe for passion fruit hot sauce, very unique and sounds like something I would love to try !!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 29, 2018 at 7:48 pm

      Thanks Freda.

  • Sandhya

    June 29, 2018 at 5:57 am

    Love the color and flavor combination of that hot sauce, Mayuri! What a fabulous share!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 29, 2018 at 7:47 pm

      Thank you Sandhya.

  • meghnasfoodalogue

    June 29, 2018 at 6:10 am

    I have never tried passion fruit, after seeing your recipe I am so excited now 🙂 It looks awesome.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 29, 2018 at 7:47 pm

      Thanks Meghna.

  • code2cook

    June 29, 2018 at 8:08 am

    I never liked passsion fruit so far but looking at this sauce Iam feeling like making one for me. Really great share. Bookmarked.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 29, 2018 at 7:46 pm

      Thank you so much.

  • Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

    June 29, 2018 at 9:55 am

    Amazing use of the passion fruit in the hot sauce di, lovely idea…… Must be loved by any age group !!! Surely trying soon 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 29, 2018 at 7:45 pm

      Thanks Sasmita.

  • Jagruti

    June 29, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Surely younger generation of ours do raise their eyebrows when we talk about carrying cooked food with us and once you give them a big lecture then they will say alright then!! I love passion fruit and loving the idea of using it in hot sauce.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 29, 2018 at 7:45 pm

      Thanks Jagruti. I don’t give a lecture, but I know they enjoy what we’ve carried.

  • Seema Doraiswamy Sriram

    June 30, 2018 at 12:22 am

    I love it… hats of to you Mayuri.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 6, 2018 at 1:16 am

      Thanks Seema.

  • Sowmya:)

    July 13, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    I completely agree with you….carrying food for kids is a delight in itself. Love this passion fruit sauce….looks delicious

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2018 at 4:06 am

      Thanks Sowmya.

  • Simply Tadka

    August 7, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    This sauce recipe looks so perfect with fried snacks.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 9, 2018 at 5:18 am

      Thanks Preethi.

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