Schezwan Sauce (Homemade)Jump to recipe
Schezwan Sauce the high on flavour sauce which gives many dishes like Schezwan Rice, Schezwan Noodles, Schezwan Stir-fried vegetables etc; their distinct flavour. I was happy making Schezwa rice with the store-bought sauce until I chanced upon this recipe while surfing browsing the internet. It seemed so easy and I wondered at its simplicity and high flavour. I learnt to make it so that I could make the Schezwan rice and other such recipes mentioned above with it. The outcome was so so good that I’m not buying store-bought sauce again. It is so simple and most of them are simple home ingredients. Chinese Five spice was mentioned and I wondered what it would be. I checked out that too and so I made the 5 spice powder at home too. It is made with everyday masalas we use at home. So here first I will take you through the process of the Chinese Five-spice powder followed by the Schezwan sauce.
While you are here please check out my other spice powders like Sambar Powder.
I am posting the step by step process directly without the initial directions that I usually give. I have adapted the recipe from “feasting at home” as per the Indian Palate and substituted with locally available items.
Schezwan Sauce Ingredients
- Black pepper powder 1/2 tsp
- Soy sauce 1/4 cup
- Honey 3 tbsp (or) substitute with brown sugar
- Sesame oil 1 tbsp
- White Vinegar 1 tbsp
- Garlic cloves 8 to 10 Indian (or) 3 Chinese pods
- Ginger paste 2 tsp
- Chilli Paste 1 tbsp
- Chinese 5 spice 1/2 tsp
Chinese Five Spice Powder
Assemble 6 Star Anise pods, 1 stick Cinnamon(3-inch piece), 2 tbsp Fennel seeds, 1.5 tsp cloves(whole), 3 tsp regular Peppercorns. Put them in a mixed at and grind to a fine powder. Store in an airtight jar. (can be used in all Indian Subjis, so make more).
Directions for chilli paste
Soak Indian Red chillies in warm water for 30 minutes and grind to a paste without adding water at first and adding up to 2 tsp water later.
Directions for the Sauce
In a bowl add all ingredients and nicely mix for a minute using a whisk until all ingredients are well combined. The sauce is ready. Bottle it up and store in the refrigerator. Use when required.
This quantity makes about 1 cup of Schezwan Sauce.
Do not forget to Store in the refrigerator.
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