Monday, September 21, 2009

Sweet Garlicky Chilli Sauce

This is something I learned to make from my Granny. It's sweet and garlicky, and goes really well with all kinds of food, especially fried items like fish, chicken, vermicelli, noodles ... virtually everything! You can also have it as a dip, with some keropok (prawn or fish crackers) or tempeh. My recipe for crispy Tempeh Chips can be found here.

Making this chilli sauce is a lot less work than making curry rempah ... only 3 main ingredients required. You can use a food processor if you don't want to pound the traditional way. But I still prefer using my pestle and mortar if I have the time, because chilli seeds do not get smashed finely in food processors.

(as told by Granny)

- About 1 handful garlic cloves (or more, if you like a stronger garlicky flavour)
- About 1 handful shallots
- About 1 handful large red chilli (deseed the chilli if you don't like it too spicy)
- 3 tbsp sugar (or more if you like it sweeter)
- Pinch of salt
- About 1/2 rice bowl vegetable oil

As you can see, there is NO specific recipe. Haha ... that's the thing about learning from real cooks ;) Everything is a guesstimate! However, I can see the wisdom in this because it's up to your individual tastes. You should taste as you cook, and finetune along the way. It will turn out right :)

1. Pound (or blitz) the first 3 ingredients to a paste.

2. Fry in oil over low flame till the oil floats to the top (about 45mins).

3. Add in sugar and salt and continue frying for another 10mins. Taste and adjust accordingly. Turn off flame.

4. Allow to cool before bottling. Refrigerate.


  1. Thanks for sharing the recipe! I love grandmother's recipes and mother's recipes. They're always so unique and so tasty :)

  2. Merci pour cette recette, nous sommes de grands fans des chilis,
    Bonne journée

  3. Grazie per la ricetta di questa salsa, magari fra un po' provo a farla anch'io e magari inizio con poco peperoncino.
    Buona settimana a te a tuuta la tua famiglia.
    Baci alla nonna.

  4. I like the term "guesstimate" when it comes to cooking............ No wonder I can't bake well, haha

  5. This is so simple yet so delicious! I like how it's made sweet, I can eat this with just rice!

  6. I love garlic and sweet together! And...yes, the best recipes are from those who made them from love and by taste, not strict recipes.



  7. Yum-o!! Btw, are you on Facebook? If so, you can find me under Ninette Enrique -- I'm the only one!

  8. son would adore would all of us as a matter of fact.
    Thank you Little T.!

  9. I will take that and the tempeh chips right now please! Looks like the chili sauce that I get at my favorite chinese place. yum!

  10. Excellent that you made the sauce your self!!


  11. Lovely! I like spicy spiced food and this would be a wonderful sauce for my spring rolls.

    Angie's Recipes

  12. Buon Giorno and how did I miss this?

    Home Made:) I love that~It looks gorgeous in the mortar!

  13. Hello everyone and thank you for your wonderful comments! :)