- Yield: 4 people
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
Mirchi Ka Salan (Fried Mild Chillies in Tangy Gravy)
Mirchi Ka Salan is a popular delicacy from the Andhra Pradesh region of India. It is a tangy gravy with fried big non spicy green chillies. The groundnut and sesame seeds add richness to the gravy. This dish is prepared as a special accompaniment with Biryanis. However it also tastes great with plain rice or chapatti.
- Big non spicy green chillies - 4
- Onion - 1 ( finely chopped)
- Tamarind pulp - 3 tsp
- Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
- Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
- Coriander leaves - 2 tsp ( finely chopped)
- Oil - 4 tsp
- Salt - to taste
- For the Gravy Paste
- Groundnut - 1/4 cup
- Dried Coconut - 1/4 cup ( grated)
- Sesame seeds ( Til) - 2 tbsp
- Coriander seeds - 2 tsp
- Cumin Seeds - 1/4 tsp
- Dried Red Chilli - 3
- Ginger - a small piece
- Garlic - 5 cloves ( small)
- Heat a pan and one by one dry roast groundnut, sesame seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds and coconut.
- Add the roasted ingredients along with dried red chillies, ginger and garlic into a blender and also add a little water.
- Blend it into a fine and smooth paste and keep aside.
- In a pan, add 2 tsp oil and shallow fry the chillies until they are cooked from all sides.
- In the same pan in which you fried the chillies add another 2 tsp oil.
- Once the oil heats up add mustard seeds.
- When the mustard seeds crackle add curry leaves and onion and sauté them until golden brown.
- Add turmeric powder and red chilli powder and sauté.
- Add the gravy paste and mix well.
- Add 1 and ½ cups water and cover and let the gravy simmer for 5-6 minutes.
- Add the tamarind pulp and salt as per taste.
- Later open the cover and add fried chillies and chopped coriander to the gravy.
- Cover and cook the gravy for a few minutes until the desired consistency.
- Adjust the consistency by adding a little water if the gravy is too thick.
Serve hot and garnish with a fried chilli, sesame seeds and grated dry coconut. This gravy tastes amazing with any Biryani or even with plain rice or Chapatti.