Chili oil is essentially dried chilies, preserved in oil. It adds a delightful kick to whatever dish you’re using it in. In Albania is commonly used as a finishing oil for beans but it’s also used in risottos, pastas and seafood, it’s also a great oil for stir-fries.

As you’re about to learn reading this article, making chili oil is very easy and it has several health benefits for your body. 

Five Amazing Health Benefits Of Chili Oil

1. Source Of Protein:
Every 100 grams of chili pepper contains one gram of protein. When you eat more protein, you automatically protect your body from loss of muscle mass, decreased immunity, poor respiratory system and even death. Protein also helps in carrying oxygen to the blood. It builds muscles, cartilage and regulates the nervous system.

2. Vitamin D Benefits:
Chili oil is full of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. It contains Vitamin D that protects you against Alzheimer’s disease, bone weakening. Other rich sources of Vitamin D are milk, soy, fish, egg yolks, etc. Chili oil also contains Vitamins A, E, and K that provide your body with a large number of benefits. It helps in maintaining good bone health. They contain antioxidants that play a major role in tooth development, immune system, cell division and reproduction. Vitamin K helps in the reduction of blood clotting as well.

3. Iron Benefits:
Chili oil contains iron too. Eating iron filled foods prevents several illnesses such as glossitis.It also helps you feel relaxed. Iron is one of the major nutrients that prevent you from feeling tired and exhausted. In fact, iron deficiency leads to anemia, cough, and dialysis.

4. Good For The Heart:
Another benefit of chili oil is its ability to take great care of the cardiovascular system. It contains beneficial compounds such as Capsanthin in small quantities, which raise the HDL cholesterol levels and keep your heart healthy.

5. Vitamin C Benefits:
Chili oil also contains Vitamin C, which protects you from strokes, coronary heart diseases and other cardiovascular diseases . Vitamin C may also shorten the duration of a cold or the effect of a recent cold treatment. Other sources of Vitamin C are oranges, lemon, and grapefruit.

Homemade chili oil

• 1 cup olive oil (or oil that you choose)
• 2 tsp red chili flakes
• 2 to 3 whole dried red chilies

• HEAT 2 tbsp oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add chili flakes and whole chilies. Cook, stirring, until chilies start to gently sizzle, about 1 min. If they begin to brown you’ve gone too far and will have to start over.
• ADD remaining oil to pot. Heat until oil is warmed through, but not too hot to touch. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
• STORE in an airtight bottle or jar. Shake occasionally to disperse the chilies./