Updated January 4th, 2024 at 15:41 IST

Dishes to cook with chilli oil to spice up your culinary experience

From noodles to dumplings, embrace the heat and savour the spicy delights of chilli oil-infused dishes for a 'too hot to handle' meal.

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Chilli oil | Image:Pixabay

Eating spicy foods wakes up your taste buds and adds an extra kick to your bland food. While there are many ways to spice up your foods like green and red chillies, paprika and chilli powder. Chili oil, with its fiery kick is a versatile condiment that can elevate a variety of dishes. From adding heat to noodle bowls to infusing sizzling stir-fries with flavour, here are five mouthwatering dishes to explore using chilli oil.

Spicy chilli garlic noodles

Transform plain noodles into a flavorful and satisfying dish by drizzling them with chilli oil. Cook your favourite noodles according to package instructions, then toss them in a generous amount of chilli oil. Add minced garlic, soy sauce, and a splash of rice vinegar for a perfect balance of heat and savoury goodness. Top with fresh herbs like cilantro and green onions for an extra burst of flavour.

Chilii garlic noodles | Image: Unsplash

Mapo tofu

A classic Sichuan dish, Mapo Tofu, gets an extra layer of flavour with the addition of chilli oil. Create a savoury sauce by combining soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and a spoonful of chilli oil. Stir-fry ground pork or tofu in this sauce, adding a generous amount of chilli oil for that signature spiciness. Serve over steamed rice for a comforting and boldly flavoured meal.

Spicy chicken stir-fry

Give your stir-fry a fiery twist by adding chilli oil. Sauté chicken slices or tofu with vegetables like bell peppers, broccoli, and corn. Drizzle chilli oil over the sizzling ingredients along with soy sauce and a touch of honey for a sweet and spicy glaze. Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped green onions for a visually appealing and delicious dish.

Chili oil dumplings

Elevate your dumpling game by incorporating chilli oil into the dipping sauce. Prepare a mixture of soy sauce, black vinegar, and chilli oil. Dip your freshly steamed or pan-fried dumplings into this spicy concoction for an explosion of flavours. Garnish with sesame seeds and thinly sliced green onions to enhance the visual appeal and taste.

Dumplings | Image: Unsplash

Spicy hot pot

Warm up your taste buds with a spicy hot pot infused with chilli oil. Create a rich broth by simmering a combination of chicken or vegetable stock, chilli oil, garlic, ginger, and Sichuan peppercorns. Arrange an assortment of thinly sliced meats, mushrooms, leafy greens, and noodles. Dunk these ingredients into the simmering broth for a communal and flavorful dining experience.


Published January 4th, 2024 at 15:41 IST

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