MIRCHI KA SALAN

This is a must accompaniment if you are eating Hyderabadi Biryani. A spicy, tangy and mildly sweet curry made with jalapeño chilli or any other less spicy chilli and peanut being the main ingredient.
RECIPE

Ingredients

  • 15-20 Jalapeño peppers/ Bhavnagari mirchi
  • 4 tablespoon oil
  • 1 small lemon size ball of tamarind dissolved in half cup water
  • 8-10 curry leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds(rai/sarso)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds(jeera)
  • A pinch of fenugreek seeds (methi k daane)
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder(optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/4 cup of curd, whisked smooth
  • 1 teaspoon jaggery(optional)
  • Salt as per taste

FOR THE CURRY/SALAN

  • 1/4 cup of roasted skinless peanuts
  • 1/4 cup of grated coconut/coconut powder
  • 2 tablespoon sesame seeds (Til)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds (saunf)

METHOD

  1. Heat a pan and dry roast all ingredients mentioned under heading FOR CURRY except peanuts. Cool and grind it in to a fine paste using little water.

  1. Heat oil in a pan and dry the chillies. Drain on an absorbent paper. 

  1. In the remaining oil, add mustard seeds, jeera and methi seeds. Allow them to splutter.
  2. Add sliced onion to this and saute until golden brown
  3. Now goes the curry leaves, ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and saute for one minute.
  4. Now add the peanut paste and saute on a high flame for 2 minutes.
  5. Next goes in the fried chillies and 1 cup if water. Bring it to a boil then cover the pan and let it cook for about 15 minutes on slow flame.

  1. Finally add salt as per taste, strain the tamarind water, curd, jaggery and the garam masala. Mix well.
  2. Cover the lid and let it cool for another 10 minutes.
  3. Garnish with green coriander and serve as accompaniment in main course with either biryani or roti/naan.

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