p Box o' Spices: Hyderabadi Mirchi Ka Salan

Monday, May 14, 2007

Hyderabadi Mirchi Ka Salan

It has been over 2 months since I blogged. I dont know, I think I just got involved in so many other things and have been taking it easy in the kitchen. My husband and I joined a nice gym here and have been working out. Once you get into a routine it sort of becomes an obsession. And I think food (read eating, craving, cooking and constantly thinking about) has taken a back seat. Eating out, which was one of the things we lived for, suddenly didnt seem like such a big deal. Counting calories and trying to eat healthy, working out just changes the entire lifestyle. You know what it takes to see 200 calories burnt on the treadmill. And when you know one cookie can erase that in a matter of seconds... a cookie is not just a cookie anymore. All this combined with other time consuming things like a full time job for instance. And not to mention house hunting. Hmmm.. house hunting in India... now that's a whole another blog entry worth topic. I will save it for another time.

Now being in Hyderabad I have been eating a lot of Hyderabadi biryani. And with biryani they always serve Mirchi Ka Salan. At first I didnt like the taste of it. It has a slightly burnt, and a somewhat strong flavor to it. But I guess it is an acquired taste, and now biryani sort of seems incomplete without it. My husband also likes it with plain rice. We just got some of the long green chilies and I looked up some recipes online. Almost everyone seems to have blogged it. I picked this recipe from En Ulagam just judging by the color and texture of the dish in the picture. I made some modifications though. I didnt have a major ingredient - sesame seeds. I replaced it with cashewnuts. I also added about a tbsp of grated coconut and few shallots which were not part of the recipe.

Long green chilies 15-20
Onion: 1 medium. chopped
Curry and coriander leaves
Tamarind paste: 1 tsp

For the masala paste
Sesame seeds: 1/4 cup (I used 1/4 cup cashewnuts instead.. and it tasted great)
Grated coconut: 1 tbsp
Jeera: 1 tbsp
Coriander seeds: 1 tbsp
Red chilies: 4
Shallots: 4-5
Ginger: 1/2 inch
8 cloves garlic (small)
Roasted peanuts: 1/2 cup

Roast the top 4 ingredients and grind to paste along with the rest of the ingredients.
Slit the chilies on one side and remove seeds. (If you are adventurous, you could use the whole chili as is with the stem on.) Heat some oil and fry the chilies. Keep aside.
Heat some oil and add mustard, jeera, curry leaves. Fry the chopped onions till brown. Add the masala paste, some turmeric powder and water. Cook for a couple of minutes. Add 1 tsp tamarind paste and the fried chilies. Cook on medium heat for about 10 min. Add chopped coriander leaves.
We had it for dinner with steamed white rice. But it also tastes great with rotis or biryani.

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At 8:50 AM, Blogger Asha said...

Hi SL,gald you are back.Guess what I am posting today!H. Biryani but didn't make Mirchi ka salan to go with it:))
Looks yum,I will try it.

At 10:50 AM, Blogger Spicelover said...

Hi Asha!!!
Just checked out your post!! Awesome biryani. looks very professional.

At 12:44 PM, Blogger DEEPA said...

wow!!!too good ....yummy it looks

At 4:30 AM, Blogger Spicelover said...

Thanks Deepa!!

At 3:17 PM, Blogger Sharmi said...

hey SL, your blog rocks! so many lovely recipes. Me too from hybd. have to try out this mirchi ka saalan. does it taste very spicy?

At 1:39 AM, Blogger Spicelover said...

Thanks Sharmi!!!
It is not spicy at all. If you want it to be, I guess you can keep the seeds in the chilies..


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