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Friday, May 20, 2011

Mirchi ka Salan: Hot Chili Peppers in Savory Sauce

Mirchi ka Salan: Hot Chili Peppers in Savory Sauce

Chilli Peppers (Mirchi) are the focus of this curry (Salan) dish, popular in Hyderabad, India. Chillies are seared in hot oil and stuffed with a masala paste and simmered in rich thick creamy sauce.

I used seeded jalapeños, Anaheim peppers, Poblano chillies, Wax peppers and few others from the local market that are not terribly hot. In that sense this is a mild dish, a wonderful combination of hot-sour-sweet flavors along with the aromatic spices.

In addition to the typical sesame seeds and peanuts, I used some coconut and yogurt for this creamy sauce. Also, since most of the chillies were huge, I slit them (especially to remove the seeds on the hotter ones), rather than use them whole.

6-8 chillies, seeded and slit if preferred
1-2 Tbsp brown sugar
½ tsp tamarind paste (or 4 Tbsp lemon juice, adjust to taste)
½ tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste
water as needed
2 Tbsp sesame oil

For the masala paste:
1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger
4-6 cloves of garlic, minced
2-inch piece of Indian/Chinese Cinnamon Bark
1 tsp Nigella seeds (optional)
2 Tbsp (black) sesame seeds
½ cup roasted peanuts (skinned)
2 Tbsp dry grated coconut(unsweetened)
1 Tbsp cumin powder
2 Tbsp coriander powder

1 cup yogurt (use as needed)

  1. Combine the masala paste ingredients and grind to a fine paste with a little bit of water as needed
  2. Heat oil in a pan, sear the chilies, remove from pan, set aside
  3. Add the masala paste, turmeric and saut&3233; till aromatic, add the chillies, tamarind, brown sugar, some water (the sauce is usually thick), cover and simmer till chillies are softer
  4. Taste and balance the sour, sweet and salt; off heat fold in the yogurt; garnish with curry leaves, corainder leaves, spring onions
  5. Serve warm with home-made flaky paratha, naan, bathura or even plain brown basmati rice

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  • At 4:39 AM, Blogger Priya said…

    Fabulous looking delicious mirchi ka salan..


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