Mirchi Ka Salan Recipe is made with long green chilies in a mildly spiced gravy. This recipe can be served with biryani, rice, paratha, puri, pulao or chapati.
The last Friday was a culmination to a 9 day festival in India – Durga Pooja and Dushhera and hence it has been a long weekend for a lot of people.
We too have had a peaceful couple of weeks, because my daughter’s school was also closed for the Dushhera holidays.
And probably that is why we too were a little laid back in our routines and hence missed publishing the post the last week (though I know and agree that this is a complete no-no in blogging).
In fact, Durga pooja marks the beginning of a series of festivals which culminate in January after Baisakhi and Makar Sankranthi.
In some parts of India, it extends up until the first week of February for the Saraswati Pooja.
There is this unique feeling during these festival seasons. Something in the surroundings change and the weather and environment around you has that feel of the festival.
And that is what makes this time of the year, different.
With culture and traditions slowly being trampled under the feet of modern thinking and in the pretext of being progressive, the pomp and fervor that we used to associate with these festivals are slowly going down.
Somewhere I think it is a failure on our part that we couldn’t preserve these traditions and make them co-exist with progressive thinking.
Our children might never be able to see or, experience all the joy that we did in celebrating these festivals.
They will miss all of those community gatherings that we have been a part of, during these festivals.
In fact, there are no communities anymore. They only exist on social media sites. And everything is virtual just like these social media sites.
It’s sad but it’s the truth and we do not have a choice but to live with it.
Since we are talking about traditions, this week’s recipe is a traditional dish that is associated with Biryanis.
Mirchi Ka Salan Recipe – How to Make Mirchi ka Salan
Mirchi ka Salan is a curry recipe made with a variety of long green chilies that are not very hot. Salan refers to a thin gravy.
The main ingredients of this recipe are peanut, sesame seeds, and coconut. Mirchi ka Salan is one of the best accompaniment served along with any kind of Biryani.
Mirchi ka Salan is a Hyderabadi side dish, mostly served along with Biryani in restaurants. But we have tried this Salan along with puri, roti, and paratha as well and trust me it tasted really well.
Mirchi ka Salan Recipe
- 3 tbsp Peanuts
- 3 tbsp Sesame Seeds
- 3 tbsp Coconut grated
- 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
- 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
- 3-4 nos Methi Seeds
- 2 nos Whole Red Chilli broken
- 2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
- Curry Leaves few
- 1 tbsp Coriander Powder
- 1 tsp Cumin Powder
- Chilli Powder to taste
- 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
- 250 gm Onion thinly sliced
- 3-4 nos Green Chilli broken into 2-3 pieces
- 1/2 cup Coriander Leaves chopped
- 1/2 cup Mint Leaves chopped
- 3 nos Long Green Chilli slit in between
- 1 cup Curd beaten
- 4 tbsp Oil plus oil to fry chilies
- Salt to taste
Heat a pan and dry roast peanuts in a slow flame until golden.
Then add sesame seeds and grated coconut and fry along with peanuts.
Once done take it out in a plate and let it cool down.
Once it gets cold put this into the blender, add some water and make a paste. Set aside.
Now heat oil in a pan add mustard seeds, when mustard seeds splutter add cumin seeds, whole red chili and methi seeds.
Now add curry leaves and fry for few seconds.
Add sliced onion and salt. Cook until golden in color.
Add green chilies and saute.
Add ginger-garlic paste and cook until the raw smell goes off.
Add turmeric powder, red chilly powder, cumin powder, coriander powder. Stir well.
Add the ground paste and pour enough water. Stir and make a thin gravy.
Cook this in a slow flame for 30 minutes.
Then add chopped coriander leaves, chopped mint leaves, beaten yogurt. Stir well and let it boil.
Now in a separate pan heat oil, once oil is very hot dip the chilies into the hot oil and take it out after about a minute.
Add these fried chilies to the gravy and simmer on a low heat until they wilt.
Serve Mirchi ka Salan along with any kind of biryani, roti, puri, paratha or even with white rice along with some side dish.
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