Mostly, used in many Chinese, Mexican, Indian & Asian recipes, Red Chili Paste is very easy to make at home. So, instead of buying it out, make it at home and you would taste the difference! Here is how to make Red Chili Paste at home.
Red Chilli Paste is a food staple that no Asian home can do without. Because, Chili Paste is an ingredient that adds a fiery flavor to any dish and adds a layer of taste.
Made from dried chilies, sourced mainly from the choicest local farms of world, this paste does require a little preparation, but can be stored and used in any dish you so choose, from Chicken Hakka Noodles to many Thai and Chinese style preparations. .
What is Red Chilli Paste?
Red Chili Paste is a condiment made using dried red chillies. It is an integral part of most Asian style dishes and plays an important role in elevating the flavour of any dish.
It is readily available in the market these days but we are not sure about what goes inside the packaged bottle and so I always make sure make a big batch and keep using it.
It keeps well for months in refrigerator and is much economic to make at home.
How to use Homemade Red Chilli Paste?
I use this paste in all of my Asian style recipes. It gives a nice kick to them. Noodles, Soups, Stir Fry Veggies, Fried rice, I add this chili Paste in all these.
But other than that, you can also use it innovatively by adding it to greek yogurt and making a dip, adding in curries or even in marinades.
I also like to add some in my eggs for omelette.
Add a little in your salad dressing for a spice kick.
Use it as a dip to serve with asian dishes like dumplings and momos.
This versatile chilli paste can be stored in a dry glass container, and refrigerated to be used at any time.
Which Chilli to use to make Chili Paste?
To make homemade Chili paste, I generally use a mix of two type of chillies. One which are hot and one which gives a nice red color to this paste. In India, we get Kashmiri Red Chillies which are nice red in colour and bedgi chillies which are slightly hot.
I used a mix of these two chillies. You can use any chilli that is available in your part of the world.
If you like it less spicy, use only Kashmiri Red Chillies.
You can use Ancho Chillies or Anaheim Peppers which are mild or serrano or arbol peppers for a hot paste. You can also use a mix of these two according to the spice level you prefer.
Chili Paste Ingredients
To make Chili Paste, all you need is dried red chillies and oil. You can add some garlic cloves, vinegar, salt and sugar if you wish to. But I like to make this paste plain as I can anyways add the other ingredients in the main dish.
You can also add some ground cumin and smoked paprika in the paste.
How long can you store Red Chili Paste?
You can store this paste for 15 days in refrigerator or for upto 6 months in freezer. I like to freeze it in small ice cube tray and thaw one cube when I need to use it.
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How to make Red Chili Paste Step by Step
Add the chilies in a bowl.
Heat water in a pan. Once the water comes to a boil, pour it over the chilies. Let the chilies soak in hot water for 25-30 minutes.
Drain the water. Blend the chilies to make a fine paste. Use little water if required.
Heat oil in a pan.
Once the oil is hot, add the chilli paste in the pan and saute for 3-4 minutes. Store the chilli paste in a clean jar for up to 15 days in a refrigerator. Use as and when needed.
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Red Chili Paste Recipe
Red Chilli Paste
Red Chilli Paste is used in many Indo Chinese & Asian recipes and it's very easy to make at home. Here is a very simple recipe to make Best Red Chilli Paste.
- 25-30 Kashmiri Dry Red Chillies You can use any mild chilli which gives nice colour.
- 25-30 Bedgi Dry Red Chilli You can use any mildly spicy chilli
- 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
Add the chilies in a bowl.
Heat water in a pan.
Once the water comes to a boil, pour it over the chilies.
Let the chilies soak in hot water for 25-30 minutes.
Drain the water.
Blend the chilies to make a fine paste.
Use little water if required.
Heat oil in a pan.
Once the oil is hot, add the chilli paste in the pan and saute for 3-4 minutes.
Store the chilli paste in a clean jar for up to 15 days in a refrigerator.
Use as and when needed.
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