Sunday, 8 March 2009

Mirchi Ka Salan - Indian Green Pepper Curry

Mirchi Ka Salan Recipe- Indian Green Pepper Curry
Mirchi ka salan is spicy and goes more to the Asian taste. Its a best side dish for chappathi or any other Indian bread.
The chillies which I have used in my cooking were not so hot and were almost harmless . So I didn't need to remove the seeds. But if your chillies are hot then make sure that you remove the seeds.Make a slit on one side and remove them. Also mine ones were very big n long , 2 finger length I used only 7 of them to cook , but if you want you can add more .

Things needed :
Green chillies , 7 big - 225 gm
Onion - 1 ( 100gm) , chopped
Tomato - 1 small ( 80gm) , chopped
Ginger Garlic chopped - 1 sp
Tamarind - 1 inch piece

Turmeric -1/4 tsp
Roasted Peanuts - 2 sp
Grated coconut, roasted - 2 sp
Coriander powder - 1sp
Chilly powder - 1/2 sp
Cumin powder - 1tsp

Salt, oil

Preparation method :
Preparing the sour ingredient :
Make tamarind pulp by dissolving tamarind in some water.

Preparing the spices for the gravy:
Dry roast peanuts and coconut ( coco . should turn brownish) seperately . Grind them together with Coriander powder , Chilly powder & Cumin powder.Set this spice mix aside.

Treating the chillies:
Heat oil in a nonstick pot.
Slit the greenchillies and shallow fry them turning sides.Set them aside.

Preparing Mirchi ka salan:
In the oil remaining (it shouldnt be a lot) , add ginger garlic chopped when its raw smell goes add turmeric, add onions, saute and fry until transparent.
Mix in chopped tomatoes.cook until mashed.
Grind the cooked ingredients into a smooth paste.
Now add this paste into the pot , toss in the fried chillies and add the ground spice mix, add a cup of water and the tamarind pulp . Add enough salt (don't add too much since salt level will increase when gravy thickens) . Mix everything well and cook on medium flame.
Simmer in between so that it wont get burned at the bottom .
When it becomes a thick gravy and the chillies are cooked , you can turn off the heat.

Enjoy this spicy Mirchi Ka salan with Chappathi or paratha !!



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