Sunday, February 26, 2012

Hara mirchi ka salan

On a personal note, we wish Neeharika a very very Happy birthday. Have a great year and All the best.

Mirchi ka salan is a popular Biryani supplement, a popular Hyderabadi recipe. Hara mirchi ka salan is a tweaked version. While sesame seeds are used in the original, we did not use them here because they create heat in the body.

Preparation time: 20-30 mins

Serves: 4


Long and big Green chillies (Bajji mirapakayalu/Bada mirchi) 1/4th kilo
Onion 1
Fresh coriander 4-5 strands
Curry leaves 4-5
Refined cooking oil 4 tbsp
Peanuts ½ cup
Grated dry coconut (Endu kobbari/Kopra) 2 tsp
Coriander seeds (Dhaniyalu/Dhania seeds) 1 tsp
Cinnamon stick (Dal chinchakka/Dalchini) 1
Cloves (lavangalu/Laung) 2
Bay leaf 1
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Cumin seeds (Jeelakarra/Jeera) 1 tsp
Bengal gram (senaga bedalu/Chana dal) 1 tsp
Tamarind paste/ Tamarind juice 1 tsp
Cumin powder (Jeera powder) 1 tsp
Garam masala ½ tsp
Salt to taste


Wash, wipe and slit the green chillies. Alternatively, cut the green chillies into half a finger long pieces or circles. This way it is easier for the kids to relish them too. Chop the onion.

In a drop of oil, dry roast the peanuts, dry coconut, coriander seeds, fresh and chopped coriander and curry leaves- each separately. Set aside to cool.

Once at room temperature, blend all the roasted ingredients to fine paste. Add a little water if required and blend to a fine paste.

Heat 2 tbsp of oil and shallow fry the chillies and set aside.

Heat a tbsp of oil and add the mustard seeds. As they pop, add the bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cloves, cumin seeds and the Bengal gram.

Add the chopped onion and sauté until light brown. Add the above ground fine paste, cumin powder, a pinch of garam masala (optional), tamarind paste and salt to taste. Add a tsp of red chilli powder (optional for extra chilly hot salan). Add around a cup of water, stir and leave to cook until it turns to creamy gravy.

Add the shallow fried green chillies, cover and cook for around 5 mins.

Serve hot and creamy hara mirchi ka salan with any of the Indian bread, briyanis or flavored rice. A perfect summer Sunday afternoon recipe that is both green-nutritious and spicy, will keep you and the family happy.


Poonam Borkar said...

wow..this looks so tempting..awesome recipe!!
Kande Pohe

Pratnee said...

Thank you Poonam:)

shirin goel said...

So delicious and comfort food...

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