Thai chili flakes recipe, or prik bon (พริกป่น), is the best to add some fiery heat to your Thai food! In just 10 minutes, you can whip up this homemade Thai chili powder that outshines any store-bought option. A sprinkle of this condiment is all it takes to spice up your dishes.
Thai chili powder, also known as prik bon, is a versatile, spicy condiment essential in Thai cuisine. Made from ground-dried chilies, this fiery powder adds a hot flavor to dishes like noodles, soups, and stir-fries.
Ever wandered through an Asian grocery store and spotted those bags of dried chili peppers? They are the key to making your own homemade Thai chili flakes!
In Thailand, we can get them at Asian markets, or we dry our own fresh chili peppers.
You can use any type of chili peppers, just make sure they're dried. Thai bird's eye chilies will make spicy chili flakes, but you'll have to use less of them, so it's a win-win.
My kitchen pantry is always stocked with these Thai chili flakes! It fits right next to my favorite condiment prik nam pla, a fish sauce based condiment that's a staple at Thai street food stalls.
You can make them flakey or powdered, they're an absolute must-have for anyone who loves Thai food or a good spicy kick.
Speaking of spice, I absolutely love adding these homemade dried chili flakes to everything. From a steaming bowl of noodles to a fresh salad, they can bring heat to everything.
Thai cuisine is all about balancing flavors, the spicy, sweet, sour, and salty. And these chili flakes are your go-to for quickly adding some spice!
Store-bought is easy, I get it, but there's just something magical about creating your food from scratch. That includes these Thai chili flakes and toasted rice powder!
Did you know that homemade chili flakes often pack a spicier punch than the store-bought ones? That's because commercial brands tend to sneak in unnecessary extras, dialing down the heat. When you whip up your own batch, even a tiny teaspoon can turn your noodles and soups into something deliciously spicy.
And hey, if you can get your hands on some fresh Thai dried chilies, your flakes will taste so fresh and so good! You might be able to find some at Southeast Asian markets.
If you can't find dried chilies, why not try sun-drying or dehydrating your own chili peppers?
A crucial step is washing your chilies. Simply wash them under running water and then use one of these methods to dry your chili peppers:
You can make Thai chili flakes with all types of chilies. For spicy flakes, simply use dry bird's eye chilies. These can be sourced at Asian grocery stores.
At Asian supermarkets, you'll typically find two main types of dried chilies:
However, you can play around and experiment with different flavors or heat levels, there are plenty of options.
If your dried chilies are a bit too spicy for your taste, you can simply remove the seeds. Simply split the chilies open and gently scrape out the seeds to tone down the spice. Or, for an even quicker method, snip off the top and give them a good shake to let the seeds tumble out.
Use a dehydrator or sun-dry fresh chili peppers and crush them into flakes. You can use a traditional mortar and pestle or simply use a food processor.
Few tools are needed for this chili flakes recipe:
When you're roasting chilies, brace yourself for a super strong smell. It's so powerful, you might find yourself coughing a bit (or a lot). But hey, don't worry - it's totally worth it for that spicy flavor! Just a little heads up: make sure to open your windows before toasting.
With homemade red pepper flakes, you can easily turn any mild dish into super spicy food. There's no need to have fresh chilies on hand.
Thai people love to use them to spice up anything from noodles, salads, stews, fried rice, and more.
Try some of my recipes with Thai chili flakes:
After making a big batch of prik bon, you want to store it correctly to increase the shelf life.
Storage tips: For longer storage, you can refrigerate your chili flakes. If you want to keep them for an extended period, you can even freeze them for long-term storage.
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Easy-to-make Thai chili flakes to spice up your noodles, stir-fries, salads, and even dipping sauces!
Remove the stems from the dried chilies. Roast them in a frying pan or cast-iron skillet over low heat. Stir continuously to prevent them from burning. For ventilation, it’s a good idea to open your windows or consider doing this step outside. Don’t add oil to the pan; the chilies will release their natural oils, enhancing their aroma. The peppers will darken slightly as they roast.
Once roasted, take the chilies off the heat and allow them to cool completely. This step is crucial before you move on to grinding them.
To create your roasted Thai chili flakes, you can use a mortar and pestle to pound the chilies. You can choose to crush them into either a fine powder or leave them in chunkier bits, depending on your preference. If you prefer a quicker method, use a spice grinder. Just pulse the chilies until you reach the desired texture. Remember, the longer you blend or grind, the finer the flakes will be.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.