If you like spicy food then you love any kind of hot and spicy sauces. Me and my husband love spicy food and if we have some seafood, or some fried chicken in our plates we like to add some spicy sauces. Well that’s nothing new, right? But…
Have you ever looked on the labels of the spicy sauces you have in the fridge? I bet that at least half of them contain artificial ingredients, all kind of food additives or something from genetic modified organisms. So, I decided to try to make my own spicy sauces that I love to serve with my lunch. The good side is that most of them are easy to prepare, and you are using natural ingredients and you can adjust them to your taste. One of my favourite sauces are the sweet and spicy ones, so for today I have Sweet Chilli Sauce, which is super simple and the taste is amazing. This is a popular condiment in Thailand and it is very common in any asian restaurant. So if you want a healthy alternative to this amazing sauce, Follow me!
Wash the Red chilies under cold running water, drain and set aside. Remove the stems from half of the quantity, and from the other half remove the stems and also the seeds. we keep only the seeds from half of the quantity in order to have a sauce that is not too spicy. Chop the peppers in a food processor then put a medium size pan over medium heat and add the peppers, sugar, crushed garlic,honey, rice vinegar, grated ginger, water and bring to a rolling boil and cook until the sauce thickens – about 30-45 minutes. When it starts to boil add the star anise and salt and let boil until pepper is well cooked. When the composition is well cooked remove the star anise and blend using a vertical mixer to make the composition smoother. Dissolve the starch in water and add it to the mixture. When we get the desired composition turn off the heat and set aside. If you want to keep your sauce over the winter then you will have to pour while is still hot into sterilised jars, then seal with lids, and let cool slowly covered in blankets.
If you wish to cook a small quantity you can keep it in the refrigerator in any container.
So enjoy, Sweet Chilli Sauce!