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Schezwan Sauce | Indochinese Chili Garlic sauce

This homemade Schezwan sauce can be used to make Schezwan noodles or Schezwan fried rice or had as a dip with appetisers. Make a bottle of this when you have some time and you are just minutes away from a delicious Indochinese meal.
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 20 mins
Course condiments
Cuisine indochinese
Servings 1 cup


  • 24 chilies dried red (Bedgi variety)
  • 20 cloves garlic
  • 1 onion small
  • 3 tbsps vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsps white vinegar
  • 2 tbsps brown sugar
  • 2 tsps soya sauce dark
  • 1.5 tsps salt (adjust as per heat of chili)


  • Remove the stems of the chilies. Wash them well and then immerse them in a bowl of hot water for 2 hours.
  • Peel and finely chop the garlic cloves and onion.
  • Once the chilies are rehydrated, place them in a mixer jar or food processor, and process to get a smooth puree, adding some of the soaking water if required.
  • In a deep, heavy bottomed pan, heat the oil. When the oil is slightly hot, add the finely chopped garlic and onion. Keep stirring it for 2-3 minutes. Don't let the garlic and onion get brown.
  • At this point, add the pureed red chilies and stir on medium heat. The mixture will splutter a bit, which is why preparing this in a pan with high sides will work better.
  • After stirring this for 2-3 minutes, add the vinegar, sugar, soya sauce and salt. Add upto 1/2 cup water (you can use this water to clean up any chili residue in the mixer / food processor). Stir well and allow to simmer for another 8-10 minutes until oil starts oozing out.
  • Check for salt, and add a pinch more if required. This may be needed if the chillies you use are spicier.
  • Remove into an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use. This will stay for 10 days or so in the refrigerator. Use a clean dry spoon to remove required quantities of sauce for any dish.


Do you want to know the BEST dish I like to put together with this sauce? Coming soon to you in my next post, so stay tuned, wont you?
Other Indo Chinese dishes you may love to try:
Egg Fried Rice
Tofu Chili fry
Lemon coriander soup