Commercial sauce is loaded with potato, pumpkin and other starchy thickeners that strip away all the flavors and aromas. Today we will discuss how you can make a simple chili sauce at home that can last a whole year without any preservatives.

lacto fermented chili hot sauce

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A simple fermented chilli sauce recipe. Use organic ingredients, no need to add any preservatives.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
fermentation 12 d
Total Time 12 d 55 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine condiments, sauce
Servings 1 Jar
Calories 10 kcal


  • jar with airtight lid
  • Large knife
  • strainer


  • 550 gm Chilli I prefer bird eye chilli and other strong chilli compared with kashmiri mirch
  • 55 gm salt to make a brine and prevent mold formation
  • 1 liter water
  • 12 cloves garlic
  • spices to taste
  • 600 gm tomato roasted tomato gives a nice smoky flavor. Also it helps keep the chilli hotness controlled.
  • 2 tbsp frying oil to saute garlic, spices and tomato.


  • clean all chilli, remove stem and any damaged chilli
  • slice them in half in length. This allows the salt and the culture a larger surface area to ferment quickly. (use gloves and eyewear to prevent irritation)
  • make brine (mix salt and water). Pour it in the jar full of chopped chilli
  • make sure all chilli is covered and submerged in water. put weight to prevent floating chilli.
  • wait for 5 days for lacto fermentation to set in. It will produce a lot of CO2 (so vent it out periodically if needed)
  • strain the chilli out and put it in a blender to make a puree.
  • In a seperate saucepan, saute the garlic and spices in oil
  • in the fire oven or flame, cook the tomato till the peel becomes blackish and gives a smoky flavor.
  • Make a puree of all the ingredients in the mixer
  • add some vinegar, salt, oil, and seasoning to taste
  • filter and bottle. It can be stored in refrigrator for upto a year.


Being Lacto fermented, it aids digestion. Also, fermentation kills away all sugar making the sauce healthier to market alternatives.

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Keyword bird eye chilli sause, hot sauce, lacto fermented sauce


21 years of experience in Home Brewing and author of Arishtam (India's first homebrew Guide Book).

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  1. Ankur

    5 stars

    fermentation really helps bring out complex flavors

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