Chilli Oil


  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 whole star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tbsp Sichuan peppercorns
  • 8 cardamom pods
  • 1/2 cup chilli flakes
  • 2 tsp salt

Method –

  1. Place the oil in a saucepan over low heat
  2. In a separate small frying pan, toast the star anise, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, Sichuan peppercorns and cardamom pods over medium high heat until just starting to smoke.
  3. Add the spices to the warm oil
  4. Turn the heat under the oil up to medium and wait for the spices to gently sizzle
  5. Cook at a gentle sizzle for 4-5 minutes
  6. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes
  7. Place the chilli flakes and salt in a heat proof bowl
  8. Strain the oil over the chilli salt mixture
  9. Add the bay leaves, cinnamon stick and star anise back into the oil mixture and gently stir
  10. Allow to cool before storing in an airtight jar

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