We Indians love our Indo-Chinese cuisines to the hilt! 😜 I am no different….I am crazy for the all of them…😊
And Schezwan Sauce happens to be my favourite…ever since I first tasted it as a dip along with some Spring Rolls long back! I just fell in love with the fiery, tangy and the mild sweetness all at once!
I even started buying this sauce by a popular brand…however it was obviously full of synthetic preservatives & added colours. So not exactly the healthiest option. So I looked up a few recipes & found one which was perfect. It tastes fiery and absolutely lip-smacking! 😬😬😉
*Please note that I have used fresh red chillies as they are in season now. However, you can use dried chillies, just soak them in warm water for 1 hour & de-seed if you wish to reduce the heat. Then, continue with this recipe.
*We don’t like a very chunky texture hence, I grind the ginger & garlic with the chillies. You can cook them with the onions.
Let’s start the recipe..
Yield: approx 400 gms
Equipment: a wok, a ladle, measuring cups/ spoons.
200 gms chopped fresh red chillies (de-seed if needed)
1/4 cup chopped garlic
1/4 cup chopped ginger
5 tbsp oil
6 tbsp vinegar (I used Apple Cider vinegar, you can use any variety but avoid balsamic or a darker vinegar)
4 tbsp soy sauce (I used light soy)
2 tbsp ketchup (add more if you like it sweeter)
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 tsp cornstarch/ cornflour
salt to taste
Grind together chopped chillies, ginger & garlic using 2 tbsp of vinegar to a smooth paste. Set it aside.
Then, heat oil in the wok and sauté the onions until translucent. Next add the paste you have kept aside. Cook for 5-8 mins on low flame. Season with salt, add the remaining vinegar & the sauces too. Mix well. Then dilute cornstarch/ cornflour with 2 tbsp water & add it to the simmering sauce, keep stirring continuously for a few mins. Let the sauce again simmer for about 5 mins. That’s it…turn off the heat and cool completely before storing in glass/ porcelain bottles.
It stays well in the refrigerator for at least 2 weeks although I have stored it for almost 45 days with no change in flavour & colour.
Serve it with any & every snacks 😜
Try this today…I promise, you won’t be buying this anymore! 😉
Adapted from Sharmis Passions & Khana Khazana