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Schezwan Sauce

Spicy Schezwan Sauce is an easy to make hot sauce which can be served as an condiment or used in recipes like Schezwan Fried Rice & Noddles.

This sauce is quite popular in the Indo-Chinese cuisine and also happens to be one of my favorites!

As a food enthusiast, I am always up for trying new food. I love trying new things even if they don’t appeal to me or don’t sound that good.

So this weekend we went to the Washington State Fair with my dad and brother. You really get to see the weirdest things to eat in such fairs, isn’t it?

There were deep fried snickers, deep fried resse and deep fried oreos among many other deep fried stuff.

They definitely didn’t sound good to me but I thought there’s no harm in trying. And I have to say that it was just a horrible experience.

I took one bite of that deep fried snickers and couldn’t even get it down my throat, I just spit it all away. It was really bad, to say the least.

I was just baffled that someone would do that to a delicious chocolate like Snickers! Urgh, just why? What is the weirdest thing have you guys eaten at such fairs? Tell me!

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What is not weird though and right up my alley is this Homemade Schezwan Sauce. This stuff is so good!

Schezwan sauce is made with dried red chilies. As you can imagine, it is a spicy sauce but there’s also a little sugar to cut down the heat.

The amount of sugar that you add to your schezwan sauce is a personal preference. You may more or less depending on how much heat you can tolerate.

It’s a popular sauce in the Indo-Chinese cuisine, and I have always been a fan of this spicy sauce.

There was this Indo-chinese restaurant in my hometown in India and I used to love their Schezwan Chili Garlic Noodles. I must make those noddles with this sauce!

This Homemade Schezwan Sauce

✓ is spicy with a hint of sweetness

✓ has a strong garlic flavor

✓ is perfect as a dipping sauce

✓ is also great for quick meals like noodles and fried rice

✓ will stay good in the refrigerator for few weeks

✓ can also be frozen

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Recently, I have been making sauces like this schezwan sauce or pesto and freezing them up in ice cube trays.

I have the one with lids and it just makes things so much easier.

So whenever I need a quick lunch or dinner, I take out couple of these cubes, toss it with pasta/rice/quinoa and I have a nice meal on table in literally no time and with zero efforts!

You guys should do this too, it will make busy days much easier.

How to Use Schezwan Sauce

So now that you have the sauce, the next question is how to use it.

Well you can use it in several ways. Mix it with rice to make schezwan fried rice.

You can also add it to noodles to make schezwan noodles.

You can even use it as a dipping sauce for dumplings! I sometimes, also toss roasted veggies with the leftover sauce and it turns out great.

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Method

1- Soak the dried red chilies in warm water for 30 minutes.

2- Then drain the water and grind the chilies to a smooth paste using 2 to 3 tablespoons water in a blender.

3- Heat sesame oil in a skillet on medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the chopped garlic and ginger and saute until the raw smell goes away. You don’t want to brown them, so keep that in mind.

4- Then add the chopped onion and saute until translucent. Again don’t brown the onion.

5- Stir in the prepared red chili paste and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.

6- Now add 1/2 cup water and tomato paste. Stir and cook for another minute or so.

7- Add the rice vinegar, soy sauce, black pepper, salt and mix to combine.

8- Add the sugar and mix. The sauce will become thin when you add in the sugar, keep cooking until it becomes thick again, around 2 to 3 minutes.

Let the sauce cool completely and them store in a jar and refrigerate it.

Enjoy the homemade schezwan sauce with your favorite snacks or add it to noodles or rice for a quick and delicious meal!

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