Mirchi ka Salan (Ver 2) – Blogging after 4 yrs

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After a long hiatus am back to blogging. Today I prepared Hyderabadi Mirchi ka Salan. I have posted this in my blog already but today I made with few variations. Please check out the ver 1 here 

Ingredients
Banana peppers 6
Peanuts 1 cup
Freshly grated or dessicated Coconut 1 cup
Sesame seeds 1/2 cup
Tamarind paste 2 spoons
Onions 1 big
Turmeric powder 1 tsp
Red chili powder 1 tsp
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Oil
Salt to taste

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Preparation

1. Slit and chop banana peppers and remove all the seeds completely. This is very important otherwise the dish will turn out very spicy. Place the banana peppers in a microwaveable bowl with 2 spoons oil and microwave for 4 mins or till the peppers look wilted

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2. Finely chop onions into half moons. Heat 2 spoons oil in a wide kadai. Add mustard seeds. Once the mustard seeds pop, add onions and salt.

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3. When the onions become brown add turmeric powder and ginger garlic paste. Saute. Add red chili powder and saute.
4. Grind peanuts, coconut and sesame seeds in a mixer along with little water to make a paste.
5. Add this paste to the onions.
6. At this point cover the kadai with a vessel otherwise the gravy will splatter a lot
7. Add tamarind paste and stir well
8. Do a taste check.
9. Add the cooked banana peppers
10. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves

I served this with Avocado chapathis ( recipe to follow). However I find that it tastes best with any veggie biryanis.

This is a very forgiving recipe. I have tried this dish with or without sesame. Sometimes swapped peanuts with almonds or cashews. It has tasted great all the time.

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