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Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tried and Tasted : Hot and Spicy Mirchi Ka Salan(Green Chilly Curry)
Mirchi ka salan from the authentic Hyderabadi cuisine was easily spotted by hyderabadi ME on Jungalbandi , to try for the Zlamuska's Tried and tasted event. I remember eating this salan in countless daawats in Hyderabad. Never dared to eat the peppers ,always tasted just the gravy. But when i saw Jugalbandits using the mild peppers i felt i can actually try and taste there recipe with milder hotness.I used medium hot jalapenos and totally deseeded it as a precaution for any upset stomachs or fire emergencies.Since it has been sooo long i last tasted this salan, it was relishing to devour its taste again. The salan tastes even better the next day after the tamarind flavor infuse in to the chilly pepper. Must try recipe for the Chilly fans.
Ingredients you'll need
2 cups mild to medium hot green chillies
4-6 cherry tomatoes
3/4 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
4-6 curry leaves
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon chilly powder
1 tablespoon tamarind pulp dissolved in 2 cups of water and strain for any pulp.
2 tablespoons Olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup roasted peanuts nicely ground to powder
To make the Salan
Get some heat out of Chillies
Deseed and get the pith out. USE GLOVES while deseeding that prevents any burning sensation later to your sensitive hands. And also any stomach indigestion.
Shallow fry in Olive oil for about 5-6 minutes until all sides are nicely crisp and fried.
Prepare the Gravy
In the same oil, add the cumin seeds, mustard seeds and curry leaves. When the seeds start to splutter add the ginger garlic paste and roast for a minute. Then add the chilly powder and turmeric along with powdered nuts. Stir frequently until oil separates .Now add the tamarind water and simmer for 2 minutes. Drop in the fried chillies and cherry tomatoes. Let simmer for another 8-10 minutes. Serve with any flavorful rice like Hyderabadi Biryani , Vegetable Biryani ,Fish biryani or Soy Biryani or Breads.
Chillies Health facts
* High in vitamin C, about twice that found in citrus fruits. when dried the vitamin strength can be as much as 100 times stronger.
* Chilly is midly antibacterial and can be gargled for sore throats.
* Is good for sinus relief it breaks down the mucous membranes in your nose)
* Its an anti-oxidant. It neutralizes nitrosamine, a carcinogen.
* They act as an anti inflammatory
* They cause a release of endorphines, giving you a general feeling of well being.