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Kickstarter Chilli Paste

With its heady mix of chillies, garlic and ginger, this spicy brew transforms any stew, sauce or stir-fry. It can be made with fresh or frozen chillies. Frozen chillies pack the same punch as fresh and, used straight from the freezer, are easier to grate or dice.

Prep Time

10 mins

Cook Time

15 mins


makes 1 cup


Dairy Free

Gluten Free

Nut Free

Sauces & Preserves




8 coarsely chopped red chillies, (fresh or frozen)

8 cloves garlic, peeled

1/2 cup chopped fresh ginger

1/4 cup neutral oil

2 lemons or limes, finely grated zest of

1/2 cup water

2 tbsp sugar

2 tsp soy sauce, or tamari

1/2 tsp salt

freshly ground black pepper, to taste



Purée chillies, garlic, ginger and oil to a paste in a food processor or mortar and pestle.

Heat a heavy-based frypan or pot over medium heat.

Add chilli paste and lemon or lime zest and cook, stirring now and then, until it starts to smell aromatic (about 5 minutes).

Add water and sugar and cook until it starts to stick and become pasty in texture and the oil has risen to the top (about 10 minutes).

Remove from heat and stir through soy sauce, salt and pepper.

Allow to cool.

If not using at once, store in a jar in the fridge for up to 2 months.


Note: Some chillies are hotter than others so when adding them to a recipe taste a little first and adjust the quantities to suit.

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