Schezwan Sauce - low calorie

I do not know whether it is true...but a wholesaler of spices and condiments , once told me that in India - well he meant his shop, after tomato ketchup, this is the most popular selling condiment.

I can understand, why it works for the Indian palette that love their chillies...for me the store bought sauce is oil laden, garlic overdose. I do enjoy garlic, but this one gets into my nose and stays put for hours...probably some hormones did not gel well with it..

Gave me a reason to explore and then it worked for me

2 cups kashmiri dried red chillies
18-20 garlic cloves
2 inch ginger
1 stem of green onion (optional)
1 stick of celery (optional)
1 green capsicum (optional)
1 tspn soy sauce
1 tbsp white vinegar
1 tspn corn flour
1 tbsp sugar
1 tspn Oil

1) Soak the red chillies in warm water for 30 min
2) Deseed if you like, and grind the chillies in to a smooth paste
3) In a non stick pan, heat the oil, add finey chopped garlic and ginger. (Chop the garlic and ginger - do not crush it)
4) When the garlic turns light golden in color, add the chilli paste. Saute t well for 5-8 min until the paste releases the oil on the sides.
5) Add salt, sugar, soy sauce, and celery/ capsicum / green onion. Saute it well
6) Mix the corn flour with some water and add it to the pan. This will lend some sauce like consistency. You may alternatively add a spoonful of tomato ketchup and some water.
7) Let it simmer for 5 min. Switch off
8) You can now add this to a sterilised jar and refrigerate after cooling down.

If you add more oil, you can preserve it for longer duration without refrigerating.


I like the deep red color of the sauce.Loved it.
I have seen so many versions of this sauce during this marathon..each one is better than the other...super one.
Usha said…
Sauce has a lovely red color. Nice recipe
Srivalli said…
I agree your sauce does look spicy too...
preeti garg said…
Love the flavor of this sauce.. nice choice
Sandhiya said… many variation in one sacue..Good one.
Harini R said…
One of the popular choices for this week. Love the color.
Srividhya said…
Amazing So many variations of this sauce.. which one to make.. ??
Priya Suresh said…
Wow love that deep red colour of this sauce, interesting version.
Pavani said…
Such a spicy, all purpose sauce. Perfect with rice, noodles or just about anything.
Archana said…
Pradnya I am trying this next. In fact better get the ingredients tomorrow as LO has a hike and she will like the sauce with her noodles.
Chef Mireille said…
I've yet to try this sauce but seeing all the different versions from this week of the marathon - I am itching to try it

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