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Homemade Copycat Macho Peas

by Karl

Ordinary peas uplifted to a taste extrodinair, You don’t have to serve this delight with spicy chicken as it spices up and dish. Try it with the Sunday roast, beef chicken or pork pot lifts the whole dish

Macho Peas

Turn ordinary peas into a taste sensational  explosion in your mouth with macho peas.This is one recipe that I just had to recreate in my own kitchen. The main challenge to create the Nando’s copycat macho peas was a portion for one. There is five in the family and the other four just don’t do spicy.

So Nando’s release the actual recipe on Instagram and well reported by the Daily Mail & The Su. Their Full recipe is at the bottom of the post along with the recipe for Nandos spicy rice & Nandos Peri Peri Chicken

macho peas

Homemade Macho Peas

Ordinary peas uplifted to a taste extrodinair, You don’t have to serve this delight with spicy chicken as it spices up and dish. Try it with the Sunday roast, beef… Sides Homemade Copycat Macho Peas European Print This
Serves: 2 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 Calories estimated 20 grams Fat estimated
Rating: 3.4/5
( 39 voted )


  • Handful of frozen petit pois
  • 1 tsp of dried mint
  • 1/2 tsp of dried chilies
  • 1/4 of lemon for the juice
  • pinch of sugar
  • Knob of butter
  • Salt & Pepper


Place mint and chilies in a small bowl Squeeze the lemon over the mint and chilies Add the peas to the dish Season with salt & pepper and a pinch of sugar macho peas Nando's copy cat Stir with a spoon Place  knob of butter on top of the peas Cover with Cling film Microwave for 1 1/2 mins to 2 mins Remove cling film stir once more than serve


I occasionally throw in some chopped frozen ham into the peas

Copycat Macho Peas

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It isn’t very often I go into chain restaurants to eat. On this occasion it wasn’t a problem as it was on the company credit card entertaining a client. The corporate life is now over and my life is more fulfilled here with my food blog.

My theory is if something can taste exactly the same in 50 plus restaurants then its boil in the bag. After all its students who work the grills so the skill level is next to zero. Don’t get me wrong the chicken in Nando’s is pretty good but the marinade makes it. Perhaps I need to marinate a chicken for 24 hours like Nando’s then cook it in the oven, then to finish on a griddle. (or BBQ)

I digress a little ranting about mass cooking  as this is about the Macho Peas.

Nando’s Sides

My customer I was with at the time ordered the spicy rice and I ordered the macho peas, both large to go with our chicken. As I mentioned it was tax deductible on the company credit card but I was gobsmacked to discover the macho peas were over £4.50. So at those prices it wasn’t going to be a regular trip to Nando’s.

It took a few trials and error’s to get to the perfect copycat macho peas. It had to be quick, convenient and of course not interfere with the rests of the families dinner. The quickest and most convenient way to start is with frozen peas. Personally I now get my petit pois at Aldi as they are far cheaper than any other supermarket.   

Macho Peas And Chilli

If your the same as me you probably think a chilli is a chilli and you buy them from the same place always. The supermarket occasionally loose or in a supermarket. Apparently chillies can be fruity, citrusy and some chillies are smoked to bring out another level of flavour. So my personal challenge this next month is to try some different chillies starting by ordering some from Amazon. If you would like to know more about growing your own chillies try this great site here. 

Save those pennies and dry your own chillies and make your own chilli jam.

Macho Pea’s To The Next Level

So you like it hot ? Well I decided one day to take my Nandos copycat peas to the next level. I only added less than half a teaspoon of the spice and wow did it increase the heat level. What spice did I add to take the macho peas to macho man level.

I used cayenne pepper, only a sprinkle and boy did it set the perspiration a going. If you have any moire spice ideas to make the macho peas more macho man then let us know on CDI

Nando’s Official Macho Pea Recipe

  • 400g frozen peas
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3-4 springs fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 good pinches of dried red chilli flakes

So basically the same as my original Nandos copy cat recipe, except I don’t use the olive oil. They also cook the frozen peas in the pan. When cooked they drain the peas and put them back with the other ingredients and mix. The microwave macho peas is so much quicker and less mess as well.

Nandos Spicy Rice Recipe

  • 200g Basmati rice
  • 450ml cold water
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • ½ white onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ green pepper, thinly sliced
  • ½ can chopped tomatoes
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Juice from one lemon
  • Handful of coriander

Method For Nandos Spicy Rice

Pour your rice into a pan along with your onion and one tablespoon of olive oil and salt, then turn it to a medium heat. Next add in your green pepper and your chilli, to taste. Cook for a while then add half a can of chopped tomatoes, stir it and then add in 450ml of water before turning up the heat and popping a lid on the saucepan.

When the rice is nearly done turn down the heat, and add in your seasonings – turmeric, cayenne pepper and smoked paprika and leave it on the heat until cooked. 

Nando’s Peri Peri Boneless Chicken Recipe


  • 1 chicken breast peer person or 2 chicken thighs per person
  • 1 jar of your favourite Nandos Peri Peri sauce (mines medium)

Nandos Peri Peri Boneless Chicken Method

I don’t think we learned any secrets in the cooking of this peri peri chicken. Ideally marinade your choice of chicken overnight in the peri peri sauce. Cook in the oven for around 20 mins at 190c. Then head of food at Nando’s Tim Molema finished the chicken off by pan frying it. Job done now you have a complete meal from Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken and 2 sides, Macho Peas and Spicy Rice

What are the ingredients for macho peas

Handful of frozen petit pois
1 tsp of dried mint
1/2 tsp of dried chilies
1/4 of lemon for the juice
pinch of sugar
Knob of butter
Salt & Pepper

Why Are They Called Macho Peas

They are called macho because the amount of spice, chillies that are in the dish

Who Invented Macho Peas

There is no documented history on who first made macho peas. All we can say is that Nandos popularised Macho Peas

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Chilli Jam And Flavoured Oils

by Karl

Chilli Jam And Flavoured Oils

Its Christmas and we have some good friends and  we never know what to buy them and this year was no different. We wanted to make it personal and  special.  Then we struck upon the idea of making something for them (when I said “we” it was me, the Mrs just supervised from a distance). They both enjoy their food and especially something with a little bit of heat in it. So Chilli Jam was decided along with a few other things


When I first though of the idea of homemade foodie things I clearly wasn’t thinking straight. Because it then struck me what am I going to put all the homemade products in. Looked in the cupboard and we did have a few empty jam jars in there and some other suitable containers. However they just didn’t look like Christmas, plus I would not want them to think we were complete cheapskates. So of I went to the shops, I lost count of how many before I stumbled across Kilner Jars. Perfect, well I say perfect because I wasn’t even sure what I was going to make so I grabbed them with only half an idea of what the finished products were going to be.

chilli jam

Chilli, Lime Ginger, Lemon Grass, Smoked Garlic



So here I am in the supermarket still with no exact idea what I was going to make. I wondered around the fruit and veg and selected the items that looked fresh and appealing to the eyes. Smoked garlic, never had it before so that was definitely  coming home with me, Lemon grass, fresh ginger,lemon thyme and a few rosy red chilies. Oh nearly forgot some basic Olive Oil, plain of course as I was going to add the flavour myself. Labels Labels Labels, on the way out of the supermarket I walked past a craft shop and in the window were the perfect labels for my bottles, slate labels (well not real slate but the effect of.)

After scanning a few recipes online I had a basic idea of what I was going to make., I tend not to follow any exact recipes and just make them up and adapt them along the way, yes I do have the occasional disaster but that’s half the fun. So its decided 2 different oils and 2 preserve/pickle jam type thingy.

chilli Jam

Lemon Thyme


Yes the first ingredient was the smoked garlic, bashed some chopped some, placed them in a pan and a bulb of the smoked garlic into the jar. What next, scanning the ingredients I picked up a chilli the lemon thyme, rosemary (from the garden) and a few dried chilli flakes as well. All in the pan and then I added the Olive Oil to the pan, enough to make sure it covered all the ingredients. Turn the heat on (low) and allow all the flavours to infuse.

Do NOT let the oil get to warm as it will cook and burn your bits. I left mine on for about 10 minutes which filled the kitchen with wonderful aromas. Allow the infused oil to cool before decanting into your bottle, then top up with plain Olive Oil. Oh remember to put all the bits of chilli, garlic,herbs into the jar as well. Put the lid on and just wait as long as you can before tasting.



Smoked Garlic ,Lemon Thyme, Chill, Rosemary, Dried Chill Flakes


We did try some later on that night with some crusty bread and all I will say is I am making my own batch today “gorgeous”


As above, chopp up the lemon grass, (small piece in the jar) ginger, garlic and chilies into the pan. Next add the oil heat and infuse. More great aromas filling the kitchen.

chilli jam

chilli, dried chilli, peppers, roasted tomatoes



Chilli Jam, I have wanted to make chilli jam for ages but never got around to it and as a Christmas gift  its the perfect situation .I will experiment on my friends and if its any good then the accolade is all mine. The ingredients of course are chillies nice fresh red chillies, roasted tomatoes, red peppers, ginger, red wine vinegar and lots of sugar.


chilli jam with sugar

Plenty of sugar jam to ensure it sets



Never made this before and all the times I have tried it I didn’t like it, well except the once and I did really enjoy it. Well I wasn’t really making this for me and I know my friends (one of them ) like lime pickle so an attempt was to be made. Of course limes were cut and then salted, a little oil in the pan along with onion seeds, chopped chillies,

lime pickle with chilli jam

Onion Seeds, Chilli, Sugar, Limes, Ginger, Mustards Seeds, Cumin Seeds


Then all the ingredients into a pan cook for 15 to 20 minutes until all the flavours develop, allow to cool and then place into your jar, leave for a few days before eating. Beware it is a little hot and spicy. As a first attempt it wasn’t perfect so I need to follow a recipe or tweak my own a little.

Is it cheaper to make your own homemade foods for Christmas. No not really,  if you make it on a large scale it could be cheaper than the shop bought variety. The great thing about homemade is that its “homemade” and a personal. A very individual gift for individuals. You can also adjust the recipe to make it more of what you like.

Chilli Jam

Chilli Jam And Flavoured Oils Its Christmas and we have some good friends and  we never know what to buy them and this year was no different. We wanted to… Homemade Chilli Jam And Flavoured Oils European Print This
Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 Calories estimated 20 grams Fat estimated
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • 2 Fresh red chillies, (more if you like it hot)
  • Dried chillies (to add depth of flavour)
  • 3 Roasted tomatoes
  • 1 Red pepper (roast for extra flavour)
  • 1 thumb of Ginger
  • 250ml Red wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
  • 300g Sugar
  • Garlic


Cut tomatoes into quarters, sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper place in oven proof dish You can also roast the red pepper if you wish Roast tomatoes in the oven for around 30/40 minutes Chop all the ingredients Add to pan with red wine vinegar and sugar Cook for 15/20 mins Allow to cool then place into jars The quantities are a rough guide to the recipe as its a matter of taste, add or takeaway any of the ingredients as its all a matter of taste. Its simple just have a go Great with kebabs & Kebab shop salad


Try different types of vinegars for different taste's. You can also add brown sugar instead of white. Try some dried chipotle chillis for real depth of flavour

Satisfaction guaranteed, a little hard work, a hot kitchen full of delicious smells  I cannot wait to make my next batch of homemade goodies and Chilli Jam

chilli jam Christmas presents

The End Result

Our good friends said they enjoyed what they had tasted.  That’s sealed the deal for Christmas for the next 20 years, homemade presents. Have you made your own Christmas presents for family and friends ? Please share yours, either if  you have made or received a personalized gift .

What To Serve Your Chilli Jam With

No I use my chilli jam with all the usual things. On the side with pork pie, any Indian starters such as onion bhaji or samosas. One thing I did do with my chilli jam was to mix some into mayonnaise and have it with my breaded chicken.

Try this great homemade Onion Chutney Recipe

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