Home-made presents: sweet hot Thai chilli sauce

Condiments and sauces

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I’m off to see a friend’s new flat this afternoon and want to take a little housewarming present.

This quick and easy sweet chilli sauce will be perfect – I think almost everyone likes it and it’s good to have a jar in the fridge to liven up grilled fish or chicken, or to serve with spring rolls, or have with poached eggs – or just about anything, to be honest!

There’s plenty of time to make a quick batch which can then cool down while I get ready to go out …

A note about measurements.  Where I’ve used a tablespoon, it is a measured 15ml tablespoon.  It can be easy to put in too much cornflour mixture so err on the side of caution and add a little more water if it looks very cloudy when you tip it into the pan and doesn’t disperse when stirred in.  The cup I used holds 300ml water, but I judged the fractionals by eye so the liquid volumes weren’t precisely measured.

To make a couple of jars or, like me, one bottle as a gift and a bowl for your own fridge, you’ll need:

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1 teaspoon salt, ideally coarse

2-3 garlic cloves, minced

1/2-1 tablespoon dried crushed chillies (a full tablespoon is quite spicy)

3/4 cup distilled white vinegar (or rice vinegar)

1 and 1/4 cups white sugar

a splash of water (probably 1-2 tablespoons)

1 scant tablespoon cornflour dissolved in 2 tablespoons water

First, crush together the salt, garlic and chilli flakes, then add to a medium sized pan with the vinegar, sugar and water.

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Bring to a boil and boil steadily for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

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Reduce the heat and stir in the cornflour mixture, then cook for a further three-four minutes.

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Remove from the heat and pour into a heat proof bowl.

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You can just cover this tightly when it’s cool and keep in the fridge or, after a few minutes when it’s cooled slightly, transfer to your chosen bottles, jars or dishes.

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It will keep for about two weeks stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

Hope you like this recipe – let me know what you think in the comments box below.

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