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Schezwan Sauce | Homemade Indo Chinese Hot Sauce Recipe

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It is very tasty and just one teaspoon of it can add loads of flavor to noodles, rice, wraps, or side dishes – and it allows you to be creative!
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Schezwan Sauce is one of those sauces everybody needs to try to believe how tasty and versatile it is… the best hot sauce! 

Jay loves it! He uses it to make fried rice, wraps, as a side dip… you name it, he most probably uses it. 

But, what is Schezwan Sauce? 

Schezwan Sauce is a sauce used in Indo-Chinese Food that is mainly made of red chilies, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and vinegar; it is very easy to prepare and it is extremely versatile. Its red color comes from the use of dried red chilies, while its tangy flavor from the vinegar. 

Kashmiri Red Chilies
Soaking the Kashmiri Red Chilies
spring-onions
Using only the white part of the spring onions
As mentioned, it has multiple ingredients which have glorious health benefits, such as: 
    • Ginger: it is a plant that generates in South East Asia that is extremely fragrant and amongst the healthiest spices to consume. It is most commonly used fresh, powdered, dried, juiced, or oiled. Ginger contains gingerol, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This spice is often used to relieve the symptoms of nausea, especially morning sickness, reduce the pain of osteoarthritis, and reduce chronic indigestion amongst many others. 
    • Garlic: while it is extremely flavorful, it has been used as a medicine since ancient history and it still is. Garlic is closely related to the onion, scallion, leek, and chive. It is currently widely used to assist with several conditions linked to the heart and blood system, although it is often used to cure illnesses without any medical research. Some studies though have shown that the consumption of garlic may reduce the risk of lung and brain cancer and hip osteoarthritis among others.  
    • Spring onion: this very tasty and versatile vegetable is extremely nutritious and full of calcium and Vitamin C. Spring onion also contains Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, minerals such as copper, chromium, iron, manganese, and potassium, as well as thiamine and folate. 
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Ginger, Garlic and Spring Onion
Adding the Soy Sauce
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The last simmer!
How can I store Schezwan Sauce? 

This recipe requires quite a few ingredients, but it can be stored in the fridge in a sealed glass or plastic container for up to two months once prepared, as long as the sauce is removed from the jar using a clean spoon and you cover the top with a little bit of oil if you are not planning to use it for some time. 

The original hot sauce recipe also calls for mustard oil, which is not licensed for food consumption in some countries, such as the US, Canada, and the EU; using a very low quantity of this can have health benefits, however, if you feel uncomfortable using it or live in a country where it is not licensed for food consumption, you can replace it with sunflower, vegetable, rice bran or peanut oil. 

How good is this recipe? 

You will love this recipe as you can prepare a whole jar and store it away to use in the weeks to come! It is very tasty and just one teaspoon of it can add loads of flavor to noodles, rice, wraps, or side dishes – and it allows you to be creative! 

 ~~Why don’t you grill some chicken and prepare a nice wrap using some homemade Lebanese Mountain bread

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Schezwan Sauce | Homemade Indo Chinese Hot Sauce Recipe

It is very tasty and just one teaspoon of it can add loads of flavor to noodles, rice, wraps, or side dishes – and it allows you to be creative!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Soaking the chilies: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Chinese, Indian
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: hot sauce, Indo-Chinese Food, Schezwan Sauce
Servings: 20 portions
Calories: 41kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp Mustard Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Sunflower Oil
  • 90 g Fresh Ginger
  • 90 g Fresh Garlic
  • 90 g Spring Onion the White Part of the Vegetable
  • 15 Dried Kashmiri Chilies
  • 2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 2 tsp Brown Sugar (Muscovado, or Demerara)
  • 1 Tbsp Dark Soy Sauce Thick
  • 1 ½ Tbsp White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 ½ tsp Ajinomoto Chinese Salt
  • Salt to Taste

Instructions

  • In a jar or small jug, put the 15 dried Kashmiri chilies and cover them with warm water; to keep them under the water to soak, choose a container that is slightly wider than a glass, so then you can use a glass to hold the chilies underwater and stop them from floating. Allow the chilies to soak for at least half an hour.
  • Finely chop the ginger and garlic in small cubes no more than 1,5mm in size; thinly chop the white part of the spring onion as well. Set all aside.
  • In a pan, warm up the mustard and sunflower oil on medium heat, but do not allow it to overheat; once warm add the ginger and garlic and reduce the flame to low. Allow these to cook slowly, without browning, until the rawness has gone (about 2-3 minutes), then add the chopped spring onion.
  • Mix well and allow to cook on a low flame for a further 4-5 minutes.
  • In the meantime, drain the Kashmiri Red Chilies, but keep their water on the side; remove the top of the chilies, if the green part is still there, then grind them to a paste using a little bit of the water they soaked in if needed.
  • Once ginger, garlic, and spring onions are cooked, add the Kashmiri chili paste and tomato paste to the pan and mix well again; always keeping them on low heat, cook for a further 4-5 minutes, or until the tomato and chili paste are cooked through.
  • At this stage add the brown sugar, soy sauce, 1 tbsp of vinegar, and Ajinomoto and mix well; you will need to allow this to cook for a further 5-10 minutes, so add some water from the chilies if necessary.
  • Once this all has cooked for 10 minutes longer on a low flame, you can add the last half a tbsp of vinegar and adjust the salt. Mix well and cook for a further minute or two, then allow to cool down before storing in the fridge.

Notes

It may be annoying to chop fresh ginger and garlic in small cubes, so if you find them, you can use fresh frozen chopped ginger and garlic; I would not recommend the use of paste or peeled and stored in water or vinegar, as their taste nor consistency are the same.
Should you not have dried Kashmiri Red Chilies, you can use regular dried red chilies, but reduce the quantity, as these are much stronger. In this case, the sauce will look lighter as well.
You can adjust the consistency of the sauce by reducing or increasing the quantity of water you use; in order not to dilute the flavor, ensure you save the water from the chilies until you are finished cooking the sauce.
Ensure the tomato paste you use does not have any flavor additives.

Nutrition

Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 240mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 169IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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