Schezuan Sauce

Schezuan Sauce

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The Schezuan Sauce is a must-have in the Chinese food lover’s kitchen. It is one of the most popular Oriental accompaniments, and can be served with any Chinese starter or main course.

It is quite spicy, and is also often used in the preparation of Chinese and Indo-Chinese fusion dishes, including several noodles recipes, rolls and wraps.

It can be made and stored in the freezer in an airtight container for a month. Although it is readily available in shops, a fresh homemade sauce always has a more vibrant taste.

You can use it to make tongue-tickling recipes like the Paneer and Spring Onions in Schezuan Sauce or Schezuan Chopsuey Dosa.

Schezuan Sauce recipe - How to make Schezuan Sauce

Soaking time:  1 hour   Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     1Makes 1 cup
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15 whole dry kashmiri red chillies
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
5 tbsp finely chopped celery (ajmoda)
1/4 cup finely chopped garlic (lehsun)
1 tsp finely chopped ginger (adrak)
1/2 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tbsp vinegar
salt to taste
1 1/2 tsp tomato ketchup
1 1/2 tsp sugar

  1. Soak the chillies in a deep bowl with enough hot water for 1 hour.
  2. Drain out all the water from the chillies and save it. Roughly chop the chillies and add them to the mixer along with 5 tbsp of the soaking water and blend till smooth. Keep aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan, add the onions, celery, garlic and ginger and sauté on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Add the chilli paste, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes, while stirring continuously.
  5. Add the soy sauce, vinegar and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute, while stirring occasionally.
  6. Add the tomato ketchup and sugar, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute while stirring occasionally.
  7. Serve or store in an air-tight container. Use as required.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per tbsp
Energy70 cal
Protein0.2 g
Carbohydrates1.2 g
Fiber0.1 g
Fat7.2 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium48.6 mg
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Schezuan Sauce
 on 04 Jun 20 12:46 AM

Is there any alternative to celery? Or can we omit it as I am unable to get celery here.
Tarla Dalal
04 Jun 20 08:47 PM
   Hi, Omit it if its not available.
Schezuan Sauce
 on 11 Feb 20 11:40 AM

What could be the shelf life of this Scheuzuan sauce? Is it to be stored in a refrigerator?
Tarla Dalal
12 Feb 20 05:14 PM
   Hi Vanita, it can stay for upto a month when refridgerated. Make sure you use a fresh dry spoon everytime you use the sauce.
Schezuan Sauce
 on 15 Mar 19 03:01 AM

It''s so much better than market available one''s..... That too healthy one with no chemicals at all.... Thank u Mam for sharing amazing recipe
Tarla Dalal
15 Mar 19 02:33 PM
   Happy to know you liked the recipe. Do try more and more recipes & share with us your feedback. Happy Cooking!
Schezuan Sauce
 on 15 Mar 19 02:58 AM

Schezuan Sauce
 on 16 May 18 11:02 AM

so much better than the store bought version that is laden with chemicals and preservatives, cant wait to try it!
Schezuan Sauce (wraps and Rolls)
 on 27 Apr 18 07:01 PM

Schezuan Sauce (wraps and Rolls)
 on 14 Jan 14 02:16 PM

Thank you so much for this authentic recipe of schezuan sauce!! Its pretty easy and I dont have to depend on the oily ones they have in restaurants generally!