Saturday, 5 April 2008

How to make Chilli Oil

Homemade chilli oil is an essential ingredient for any cupboard. Everyone knows a chilli addictive. I live with one. Once you've made batch of oil split between containers and give them out to friends and family. A sure fire way to make get on that Xmas card list.

125g Crushed Extra Hot Red Chillies
250ml Sesame Oil
1 tsp Salt
1 1/2 tsp Szechuan Pepper Corn Powder

Step 1
In a small pan heat all the oil on high for 5-10 minutes.

Step 2
Meanwhile, mix the crushed chilli flakes, salt and szechuan pepper corn powder in a large heatproof bowl. Mix well.

Step 3
When the oil is very hot (smoking gently) pour over the crushed chillies slowly mixing all the time. Make sure that you add the oil small amounts at time. It should take you about 1-2 minutes to pour the oil, as you do the chillies will start turning a darker colour as the hot sesame oil cooks the chillies in the heatproof bowl.

Step 4
Leave to cool, then store in a jar/bowl and keep in a cool cupboard/larder.