Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sweet Chili Sauce

When my mother was a child living in Sri Lanka, her family ran a small catering business.  They made loads of party foods and specialty items like this sweet chili sauce.  This sauce literally took me about 15 minutes to prep and cook.  I did it quickly using modern technology like a food processor.  My mother said they had to do it all by hand... and it was truly a labor of love.   My family adores this chili sauce.  It's so easy to make that buying processed chili sauces from the store will not be a part of my future.  I loved this sauce so much that I used it as the star of a dish that I will share with you tomorrow, so stay tuned. :)

7-8 red chilies (I used Fresno chilies)
1 cup sugar
1 cup apple cider vinegar
5-6 Tbs ground chili powder (see note)
2 Tbs grated fresh ginger
2 Tbs grated fresh garlic
1 medium onion
salt to taste

Note:  Chili powder is available in Indian Grocers or substitute cayenne powder.  This is to taste.

 Place all ingredients into food processor.  Processes for several minutes until smooth.  If you want a totally smooth sauce you can strain in with a sieve.  I liked seeing the chili seeds so I left it.

Transfer sauce to a saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer for 5 minutes.  Taste and allow to cool.  Place in cleaned and dry bottles and put in fridge for up to a month.   Enjoy.

This is a pretty spicy sauce.  If you want to lower the spice level, substitute half the Fresno chilies for red bell pepper.  Also reduce the chili powder to taste. 


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