Bird’s Eye Chili Zesty Hot Sauce

Bird's Eye Chili Zesty Hot Sauce | Playful Cooking

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!


Bird Eye Chili Zesty Hot Sauce | Playful Cooking


Bird Eye Chili Zesty Hot Sauce | Playful Cooking


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.


Bird Eye Chili Zesty Hot Sauce | Playful Cooking


Bird Eye Chili Zesty Hot Sauce | Playful Cooking


Bird's Eye Chili Zesty Hot Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: About 1½ cup

Bird's Eye Chili Zesty Hot Sauce


  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 red peppers
  • 16 garlic cloves (the garlic cloves I used were super small)
  • ½ cup bird’s eye chili, stems removed
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2-tablespoon vegetable/olive oil
  • 1-tablespoon sugar
  • 1-tablespoon salt


  • Char the tomatoes and peppers directly on the gas stove. Once done, let it cool. Next, put the garlic cloves in a pan and dry roast for a couple of minutes. Once done, let it also cool down.
  • In a blender, add garlic, tomatoes and peppers along with bird’s eye chili. Add ½ cup of water and blend again.
  • Pour it in a pan along with oil, sugar, salt and vinegar. Bring it to a boil and let it simmer for about 5 minutes. Once cooled completely, taste for salt and add any, if required. Pour the sauce in a container. Cover the container and allow the sauce to age for a few days. It helps the flavors to blend better.
  • Finally, strain it through a sieve and pour about a tablespoon of the strained mixture back to the sauce.

Bird Eye Chili Zesty Hot Sauce | Playful Cooking

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It must have tasted so much more flavourful and fresher than the store bought one.

PK says:

Thanks for the recipe..It looks yummy,,i have a question though…did u remove the charred skin of red bell peppers and tomato before grinding it?

Kankana Saxena says:

I didn’t throw the charred skin, blended it along with the seeds. It gave that subtle smoky flavor.

I am the same way about making things at home. This sauce looks delish and I happened to be looking for a good hot sauce that I can make at home because it’s hard to find a good one where I live. Omg,and I LOVE your photos, they’re amazing!

Bina says:

This looks amazing, Kankana! I had a similar sauce with Momos a long time back and have been searching for a recipe. This looks like it would be spot on! Can’t wait to try it out.

its amazing how food blogging has changed the way i cook and look at food in general too..i love the idea of making my own sauces and condiments. its a work in progress for me, however i have been trying to bake my own bread at home more often. this hot sauce sounds fantastic, esp the charred flavor.

prerna says:

Absolutely love this! We are not a huge fan of red chilli sauce here but love the addition of tomato and red bell pepper. Should give it a try. Might work great as a party favors or sock stuffers. Bookmarking K! 🙂

love these pictures!! and the sauce sounds and looks amazing – i bet it`s so delicious!! <3

Wow, look at that colour! My husband loves spicy sauces too, he would want to add this to everything! How long to you think it would keep for, Kankana? x

Circahappy says:

I love this hot sauce SO MUCH, Kankana. Not to mention your gorgeous photos. I can’t wait to see what you will do with ghost chilis 🙂

The hot sauce looks super good!!! I bet it goes well with Chinese style noodles. Blogging definitely had gave me the courage to try recipes from scratch. Its true that some things you never want to compromise on, especially food when you can get a better version made at home.

That sauce has got the total “Oomph-Factor (LOOK, HEAT, CHARM, CHARISMA and FLAVOR). What more one can ask from a sauce!

truly, insanely super-hot images 🙂

Of course I’d like to try it. Thanks a bunch for the recipe.