Thursday, September 25, 2008

Mirchi Ka Salan

Mirchi Ka Salan is a thick curry made with green banana peppers, peanuts and tamarind. Banana Peppers are large green chillies that are less spicy than the regular small ones. They are also used to make Chilli Bhajjis or Chilli Fritters.

This is a delicious curry that originates from Hyderabad, which tastes great with rice or rotis.

Mirchi Ka Salan

10 Banana Peppers, sliced
4 tbsp Tamarind Paste, dissolved in warm water
1/2 cup Yogurt, beaten
2 tbsp Lemon Juice

For the Paste:
2 Red Chillies
2 medium Onions, sliced
4 tbsp Coconut, grated
1/2 cup roasted Peanuts
1/2 tbsp minced Ginger
1/2 tbsp minced Garlic
1 tsp Garam Masala
4 tbsp Sesame Seeds, roasted
1 tbsp Brown Sugar

For Garnish:
1 tbsp Cilantro, finely chopped
salt, to taste

Roast onions in a skillet until they turn a golden brown. Keep aside.

Heat oil in the skillet and fry the chillies until golden brown. Remove and keep aside. Reserve the oil.

Grind together all the ingredients for the paste. Reheat the oil in the skillet. Add the ground ingredients and let it cook, stirring often, for about 15 minutes. Add 1/4 cup water and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes.

Add the yogurt, tamarind and salt. Mix well and cook for 3-4 minutes.

Add the fried chillies, cook until the gravy starts to thicken and is the consistency of a sauce.

Remove from heat and garnish with cilantro and lemon juice.


Peter M said...

I love peppers, especially spicy ones and the sauce is perfect for bread dipping.

Priya Suresh said...

Yummyy peppers...really looking awesome..

mitr_bayarea said...

Banana peppers w/gravy look delicious, will need to first find banana pepeprs, can this be tried with capsicum too?

bee said...

i love this, but avoid it like the plague in restaurants 'cos it's floating in grease. this looks perfect.

amna said...

i made this and posted recently too but yours looks much much thicker. i should improvise a bit more i guess

Sunshinemom said...

Salan doing the rounds this time:) Even Jayasree made it recently. Your gravy looks very very tempting! That is the second time I am seeing that saree in background - Its a good one:)

Arundathi said...

Peter - Yes, it tastes great with some fresh bread!

Priya - Thanks

Mitr_bayarea - Hmm - not sure about capsicum - they don't have the bite of the chillies. Maybe a de-seeded Jalapeno?

Bee - Right - I avoid it too when I see that oil floating by itself on top!

Nags - Oh - I'm gonna go check yours out!

Sunshinemom - It's not a saree - its a tray! :)

Deepthi Shankar said...

salan does look yummy .. I really havent made salan till now

Finla said...

I have bookmarked them.
Looks so creamy and delicious.
I wante to take a roti and take a huge skoop from it.
You know while writting the comment i am drooling

Bharti said...

oh man! That looks darned good!

Arundathi said...

Deesha - Do try it - its simple.

Happy cook - I hope you made it and enjoyed it..

Bharti - Thanks! :)

Unknown said...

OMG, this curry looks awesome and list of ingredients are mouthwatering

Arundathi said...

Thanks Pearlsofeast :)