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Schezwan Sauce

Pavithira Vijay
10 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
3 People
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ABOUT Schezwan Sauce RECIPE

A fiery and delicious sauce that goes well as a dip or along with fried rice or noodles.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Medium
  • Everyday
  • Chinese
  • Blending
  • Sauteeing
  • Accompaniment

Ingredients Serving: 3

  1. 40 Dry red Chillies
  2. 3 - 4 tbsp finely chopped garlic (25-30 medium cloves)
  3. 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger
  4. 1 medium sized onion (optional)
  5. 5-6 tbsp oil
  6. salt as needed
  7. 1 tbsp tomato sauce
  8. 1/2 tsp soy sauce (dark or light)
  9. 1 tsp sugar
  10. 1 tsp red chilli sauce (optional)
  11. A pinch of orange food color (optional)


  1. Tear the red chillies at the top near the stem and remove the seeds. (If some seeds are left it's ok.) Once the seeds are removed, soak them in warm water for 30 minutes.
  2. Chop the garlic and ginger very finely and keep them ready.
  3. Grind the soaked chillies to a smooth paste by adding very little water.
  4. In a pan, add oil to heat, once it's hot add in the garlic and ginger. Saute for 2- 3 minutes in a low-medium flame.
  5. Add the onion and saute for another 3-4 minutes by adding salt. (Adding onions is purely optional, I added it so that it would add more volume to the sauce.)
  6. Once the onions and garlic are well sauteed, add in the grounded chilli paste. Mix it well and let it cook. (The chilli has to get cooked very well and the raw smell should fade away.)
  7. Add a very little water (I rinsed the mixer jar and added that water). Then add in the tomato sauce, soy sauce, sugar and keep stirring. (Do not add more soy sauce else the color of the sauce would change to dark brown or black.)
  8. You can also add a tsp of red chilli sauce instead of tomato sauce. These sauces are to make it sticky and saucy in consistency.
  9. Cook for another 4 - 5 minutes or until oil the separates itself. Then turn off the stove.

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Vani Vij
Vani Vij   Aug-19-2017

What is the storage life of it

Andrea Srivastava
Andrea Srivastava   Nov-17-2016

The perfect recipe that I was searching for!

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