Sunday, September 25, 2016

Schezwan Sauce

               Today I am back to blogging after a really long time and posting a really simple, but a versatile sauce recipe. Schezwan Sauce is widely used in Indo-Chinese cuisine, it has a very unique flavor and can enhance any dish. It is a blend of  mainly red chilies, garlic and ginger. It is a simple sauce with minimal ingredients and very easy to make.
               There are a variety of red chilies available in the market, you can choose to use any of them depending on your preference, and how spicy you want it to be. My personal preference is a combination of some fresh peppers and some dried chilies. This sauce can be used for making noodles, manchurian, fried rice or as a simple stir fry sauce too for Asian dishes.

Here is my version for this simple, yet delicious Schezwan sauce recipe.

  • 1 cup red chili paste
  • 12-15 finely chopped garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Onions
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped ginger
  • 2 tsp white Vinegar 
  • 1 tsp Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  •  For the red Chili paste, I used a combination of fresh red jalapenos, dry red Kashmiri chilies, and dry Thai chilies.
  • Soak the chilies in hot water for 30 minutes. Then drain the chilies, de-seed them and grind them to a smooth paste. Add little water, if needed, while grinding. Keep the paste aside.
  • Heat the oil in the pan.
  • Add the garlic and ginger. Saute them until the raw smell of the garlic goes away. 
  • Make sure the garlic is not brown.
  • Now add the onions. Saute the onions until they are translucent.
  • Then add the chili paste. Saute the paste for 3-4 minutes or until the oil separates from the side.
  • Now add the soy sauce, vinegar, salt, black pepper, sugar and 1/2 cup water and mix it well.
  • Let it cook for another 5-6 minutes, until the sauce thickens.
  • Once it is cooled, store it an air-tight container. The sauce will stay good for about 3 weeks in the refrigerator.
  • If you want to store it for a longer time, you can also freeze the sauce
  • I generally keep a small container in refrigerator for daily use and freeze the rest