Not a Sunday morning like post really....but I liked so much preparing it yesterday, that I felt like posting it today......and what was the liking for?? Well...that is the pleasure of cooking something different from my own cuisine.....me being a predominantly Bengali cook...and finally I was satisfied with the texture of the curry.... Of late there had been an urge to post veggie recipes too as been requested from different quarters. There has to be some kinda balance of veggie and non-veggie recipes in my blog, I feel. This recipe is heavily influenced by HYDERABADI MIRCH KA SALAN....but I have purposefully omitted the word Hyderabadi because I was running out of white sesame seeds and curry leaves at home...hence did some alteration with the spices.
MIRCH KA SALAN is a chilli curry made with peanut paste, sesame seeds and few other spices along with tamarind juice. It is a traditional Hyderabadi dish prepared in weddings and other special occasions..... a spicy dish served as a side to Biriyani or with chapati too. The gravy is thick n grainy due to the use of peanuts. The big chillies used here is mildly hot...hence you can go ahead with it...
Large Green Chillies : 10
Coriander Powder : 1/2 tsp
Cumin Powder : 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli Powder : 2
Ginger Paste : 1 tsp
Roasted Peanut Paste : 2tbsp
Melon Seed paste : 1/4tsp
Onion[grated] : 1
Tamarind Juice : 2tsp
Salt : As required
Turmeric Powder : 1/2 tsp
Mustard Seeds : 2 pinches
Slit the chillies little and discard the seeds. Wash them and rub with little salt.
Heat oil in a wok. Temper with mustard seeds.
Add the grated onion. Saute till golden brown.
Add the peanut and melon seeds pastes and saute for 2 minutes.
As the pastes separate from the oil, add the chillies and saute for about 2 minutes.
Add the cumin...coriander...red chilli..turmeric powder along with the salt required. Fry for half a minute.
Add half small cup water and cover cook for 2-3 minutes at low heat.
Add the tamarind juice, stir.
Switch off, its done.
Though its served as a side with Biriyani, my personal preference is serving it with South Asian flat breads. Oh can I already foresee happy faces this evening....lets hope so!!