I love spicy food and especially the cuisine of Sichuan. An important component for the taste of many Sichuan dishes is the right chilli oil. I’ll show you today how you can create your own aromatic chili oil you simply.
What is Sichuan chili oil?
In the szechuan cuisine chilies are as indispensable as the famous Sichuan pepper, which brings not only a slightly lemony, sparkling freshness, but also a typical numbness in the lips and tongue with it.
In Sichuan chili oil, both components are combined into a highly aromatic oil with other ingredients, such as Garlic, ginger or anise enriched. It provides the basis for a variety of typical Sichuan dishes and is also perfect to quickly enhance other dishes taste.
Just give the next time a spoon Sichuan chili oil to your carrot or cucumber. Really delicious, right?
Hot or Not?
Purchased chili oil I find almost always disappointing. It is usually made from a simple vegetable oil, has hardly aroma and is often not even sharp. Ok, it is red and an alibi Chili is also found in the bottle, so you even know what oil you bought degree. That’s also already. Geil is different!
How to Homemade Sichuan chili oil
It’s not really be to difficult to make on your own taste matched chili oil. It is important that the oil is before it comes to the chili mixture already seasoned. I use only peanut oil for my base Sichuan chili oil (四川 红油 辣子) and roast it slowly garlic, ginger and spring onions, so that transfer their flavor to the oil.
You can, for example, in this step, also give star anise, a cinnamon stick or bay leaves to the oil. This gives other nuances again. Everything As you like. When choosing the chilli flakes, it depends on how sharp you are. Uh, so how sharp you can eat.
I always take relatively mild chilli flakes and but give the sharpness kick even a tablespoon Thai chilies to. That’s pretty hot! Try best advance how spicy the chili flakes. Once I’ve only taken Thai chilies. That was extremely sharp and is only recommended for experienced Chili junkies. ?
Perhaps you are wondering that in the chili oil, the liquid fraction in the end is not so high and it already looks more like a chili paste. However, this is absolutely intentional and you should use everything, not just the oil.
How do you like your chili oil? Hot or not?