I find cooking healthy meals is easy when you plan ahead. Making sauces and marinates ahead of time to use later is guarantee a success for achieving easy, simple and delicious meals for you and your family.

Below is a marinating sauce that you can make ahead of time and store in the fridge to use on just about anything you like. I use this sauce over cauliflower, as a base for stir-fry noodles, to stir-fry or bake any vegetable side dish, such as broccoli, mushrooms, brussel  sprouts, and many other veggies. 

This is an Indian inspired marinating sauce that is very versatile and can be used in so many different ways. I like making my own marinating sauce mainly because I then know with certainty what’s in it. No hidden harmful chemicals like most store bought sauces and marinates. It’s also so cheap to make and effortless. 

Give it a go and see for yourself. Here is a how you can use this marinating sauce to make cauliflower.

Marinating Sauce for Anything and Everything

Do you ever wish you had a delicious home-made marinating sauce to use over anything and everything? Then this easy recipe is for you. Don't let the long list of ingredients discouraged you from making this easy sauce. It's so worth making and storing in the fridge to use on anything you like and when you are in a rush.
It is a raw marinating sauce that has some heat to it. If you don't like it spicy, the only ingredient you need to cut back on is the chillies. You can use this sauce as a base for stir fried noodles, in soups, over vegetables and even to marinate your meats and fish/seafood, before baking, pan frying, steaming and so on.
You can purchase all the spices at your local grocery store or at an Indian or Mexican grocery store. You probably might have some ingredients in your pantry, already. Once you have all the ingredients, all you do is blend and store in a bottle to use over anything you like. It will stay good for up to a month in the fridge.
Prep Time 10 minutes
5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Marinating Sauce
Cuisine Indian
Calories 147 kcal


  • 1 Vitamix or a high powered blender


  • 7 dried red chilies (remove the stalk)
  • 2 dried smoked brown chilies (chipotle will work)
  • 10 dried Kashmiri chilies (these are not spicy, they mainly add flavour and colour)
  • 4 cloves garlic (large cloves)
  • 2 sundried tomatoes (large pieces, dried or soaked in oil can be used)
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds (omit if you don't have or use fennel seeds)
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds (omit if you don't like the taste of coriander)
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (fresh not bottled)
  • 1 tsp sea salt (add more if you like, can also add later)
  • 1/4 cup avacado oil (can also use olive oil, I sometimes use more oil if the paste is very dry. Depending on how dry the chilies are, will determine if you need more oil)


  • Add all the above ingredients to a high powered blender cup, like the small blending cup of the Vitamix. Blend on high till well combined and the ingredients is ground into a fine paste
  • Transfer to a bottle and store in the fridge for upto a month


Nutrition Facts
Marinating Sauce for Anything and Everything
Amount Per Serving
Calories 147 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 2364mg103%
Potassium 546mg16%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 2373IU47%
Vitamin C 21mg25%
Calcium 118mg12%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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