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Very Hot Sauce

Wed 27 Jul 2022 16:25:15 PDT
For lovers of very hot hot sauce, here's a recipe invented in, of all earthly places, southern Ohio while visiting relatives. Inspiration grew out of the pleadings of our 14 year old nephew to make something "monster hot". After much discussion about exactly how hot is "hot", what he really wanted was "mind blowing" hot. OK then, let's see what we could do, and this recipe is what happened.

Meeting the challenge was easier after finding a stash of beautiful red habenero chilis at a local grocery. What great fruity flavor they had, though not quite as hot as the usual yellow-orange versions. That's the reason for the wide range of number of chilis to invest in the dish. Naturally other types of chilis can be used—hotness can be adjusted to suit anyone's preferences.

BTW by sheer coincidence this hot sauce has more than passing resemblance to another recipe on this site: Zhug. You might want to check that one out too. It's good to have options!


  • habenero, chopped 1-3 chiles
  • shallot, chopped fine 1/4 cup
  • garlic, finely chopped 1 tbsp
  • ginger, finely chopped 1½ tsp
  • turmeric, ground 2 tsp
  • mustard, finely ground 1/2 tsp
  • cumin, ground 2 tsp
  • coriander, ground 1 tbsp
  • nutmeg, ground 1½ tsp
  • cinnamon, ground 1/4 tsp
  • salt 1/4 tsp
  • neutral oil (avocado, etc.) 2-3 tbsp
  1. Heat a saucepan or wok to medium-high temperature, add oil, saute shallot, garlic, ginger until slightly brown. Keep ingredients moving, don't let them burn.
  2. Add chiles and after a minute or two, add mustard, turmeric, stir-fry briefly.
  3. Then add coriander, cumin, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt to pan.
  4. Lower heat to medium-low.
  • stock, vegetable/mushroom 1-2 tbsp
  • vinegar, rice wine/lemon juice 1-2 tsp
  • fenugreek leaves 1/2-1 tsp
  • apple, chopped fine 2 tbsp
  1. If using apple, add to sauce and simmer for several minutes until apple is very soft and blends in with the sauce.
  2. Add vinegar to taste, then mix in stock a teaspoon at a time until sauce reaches a good consistency.
  3. Sprinkle fenugreek leaves (if using) and simmer for about 2 minutes.
  4. Let cool to room temperature. Adjust texture with stock and sauce is ready to serve.
If needed the sauce can be prepared in any reasonably large quantity. Keeps for several days in refrigerator, that is, if it's not all gone by then!
Categories: middle-east Indian seasonings

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  • chicken stock 2 cups
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