Laza Hot Sauce or Lazadzhan (Лазаджан) is a traditional Uyghur chili sauce. It’s best eaten with Lagman Noodle Stir Fry, but also with Manti Steamed Dumplings, Funchoza, Ashlyamfu, or really with anything that could benefit from a chili hot sauce. My wife loves eating it with her Aussie meat pie, it just adds so much flavour! It’s not really well known outside of Central Asia, but maybe it’s time to discover a new hot sauce.
Laza Sauce has a very unusual process for making hot sauce, and you need to be very careful not to burn yourself with the hot oil. You can vary the spiciness of Lazadzhan, depending on the chili peppers you use. Dried paprika works well, but you can control how spicy you want your sauce to be by choosing a spicier pepper. My dried chili peppers were very dark, some almost black, which made my Lazadzhan quite dark in colour.
I don’t use ground pepper powder, but use whole dried chili peppers, which I finely chop into small tiny pieces (as small as you can, it’s a bit of work). I was a bit time poor and chopped my chili peppers a little too coarse, ideally it should be a bit finer. Sometimes I put them in a food processor too, or just buy crushed chilli flakes. I’m always a bit more generous with the oil, as I love the flavoured chili garlic oil.
Do not burn yourself with the boiling oil and take all necessary precautions to be safe. There’s just something amazing that happens to the flavours, when you add the boiling oil to the chili and garlic. I can’t explain it, you just need to try it! Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!
- 1 cup of crushed dried chillies (or finely chopped dried peppers)
- 1 large head garlic minced (about ⅓ cup of garlic)
- ¾ cup of hot oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Chop the whole chillies into coarse small pieces. Add into a small heatproof bowl (not plastic). I used a 4-cup glass pyrex measuring cup which took the heat very well.
- Add the minced garlic, salt and mix with the peppers.
- In a saucepan, heat the oil until it is super hot (starting to smoke hot). Be careful not to start a fire or burn yourself with the hot oil. Carefully pour the oil into the chilli mixture and mix. Do it in 2-3 stages, waiting a few seconds in between as it bubbles. Mix.
- Allow the Laza Hot Sauce or Lazadzhan to cool and store in a glass jar.