April 10, 2012

Mirchi Ka Salan / Fried Green Chilly in Peanut Sauce

Mirchi Ka Salan is one of those delectable side-dishes that makes for just the perfect Biryani accompaniment. The main ingredients are Mirchi a.k.a Green Chilly and peanuts.  First, the chillies are deep fried to bring out a smoky flavor and then cooked in a tangy peanut and sesame seed sauce, spiced with coriander, cumin and turmeric.
This relatively easy but flavorful preparation is sure to add some nice spunk to the entree. I picked this recipe up from my days in Hyderabad and since then I just must have this whenever I am all set to devour a plate of my favorite Biryani.

This recipe is adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor’s book.
Makes approx.  3 Cups
18-20 - Green chilly big        
2 Tbsp - Sesame seeds (til)
2 Tbsp - Coriander seeds        
1 Tsp - Cumin seeds      
½ Cup - Peanuts, roasted        
2 - Dry red chilies      
1 Inch - Ginger, roughly chopped        
6 - Garlic      
1 Tsp - Mustard seeds    
8-10 - Curry leaves      
1 - Onion, grated        
1 Tsp - Turmeric powder
2 Tbsp - Tamarind pulp
½ Tsp - Sugar
Salt     to taste
  • Slit Green chillies lengthwise without cutting the chillies into two.
  • Heat sufficient Olive oil in a kadai (Wok) and deep-fry the chillies for a minute. Drain and place on absorbent paper and set aside.
  • Dry-roast sesame seeds, coriander seeds and cumin seeds. Cool and grind them to a paste along with peanuts, whole dry red chillies, ginger and garlic.
  • Heat some oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, let them splutter and then add curry leaves.
  • Sauté onions until they are golden brown.
  • Add turmeric powder and mix well.
  • Add the above masala paste and cook for three minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in one-and-half cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for ten minutes.
  • Add tamarind pulp (dissolved in half a cup of water, if it is too thick). Add sugar
  • Add fried green chillies and salt and cook on low heat for eight to ten minutes. Serve hot.
Notes and Tips
  • Variations: You can substitute okra(bhindi) or eggplant (brinjal) for green chilly

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