If you had peeked into my kitchen a few years back, before the blog, you wouldn’t have located any single homemade condiment or spice mix. Life was different and food was not a major part. After the blog, the situation transformed and I got obsessed with making everything homemade. I obviously don’t make everything but I like to try my hands on whatever I think is fairly possible. It all started with basic everyday spices. And once I got the hang of making them on a regular basis, I just couldn’t go back to the store bought ones. Then, I moved to other spice mixes followed by dips and sauces. Over the period of time, I figured out it’s not only fun to do that but it’s also quite convenient because you can give your own little spin and tweak as per your taste buds. I find the whole practice a bit therapeutic too!
Few weeks back, when I came across this super cute bird’s eye chili, the idea of creating my own hot sauce popped immediately. And seeing how much Arvind loves spicy sauces, I gave it a go. The plan was to have that fiery kick with a depth of flavor. Charring the tomatoes and red peppers along with dry roasting the garlic gave that subtle smokiness to the sauce. Plus allowing it to age for few weeks definitely enhanced the taste. It’s turned out super spicy with a zest. I did strain the sauce before storing it but then poured back little bit of the mixture to the thin sauce just for a mild coarseness.
Even though I am not a huge fan of any hot sauce but having a bottle at home comes handy in several occasions. Few drizzle on mayonnaise or on noodles, salad dressing perhaps or cocktails.