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How do I Make Turkish Chili Sauce?

by
author image Nicole Carlin
Nicole Carlin is a registered yoga teacher. Her writing has been published in yoga and dance teacher training manuals for POP Fizz Academy. Carlin received a Masters of Arts in gender studies from Birkbeck University in London and a Bachelors of Arts in psychology from Temple University, Philadelphia.
How do I Make Turkish Chili Sauce?
How do I Make Turkish Chili Sauce? Photo Credit Maria Trujillo/Demand Media

Turkish chili sauce is used to provide a spicy kick to flavorful, meaty Turkish dishes such as "doner" kebab and shwarma sandwiches. The chili sauce goes by many names including harissa sauce, sahaweq, zhug or red sauce. There are two ways to make chili sauce -- a very simple recipe and one that is slightly more time consuming. Always top your dishes with a small amount of chili sauce and taste them to make sure you have included the right amount of spiciness. Many dishes have been ruined because of over-spicing the chili sauce.

Easy

Step 1

How do I Make Turkish Chili Sauce?
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Combine canola oil, chili powder and paprika in a small saucepan.

Step 2

How do I Make Turkish Chili Sauce?
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Heat the chili oil for two minutes. You should start to smell the fragrant spices as the oil heats. Watch the sauce carefully, as the spices will burn quickly if you leave them unattended.

Step 3

How do I Make Turkish Chili Sauce?
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Remove the sauce from the heat and transfer it to a bowl to cool.

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More Complicated

Step 1

How do I Make Turkish Chili Sauce?
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Using a sharp knife, chop the tomatoes finely.

Step 2

How do I Make Turkish Chili Sauce?
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Grind the cilantro, garlic, red-pepper flakes, cardamom pods and cumin with a mortar and pestle.

Step 3

How do I Make Turkish Chili Sauce?
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Transfer the ground spices to a bowl and add the tomatoes.

Step 4

How do I Make Turkish Chili Sauce?
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Top the sauce with a pinch of salt and pepper.

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