Mirchi Kaa Saalan/Mirchi Masaala Curry


Long chillis /Bajji chillis – 12
Pea nuts ---1/2 cup
Sesame seeds --- ½ cup
Dry coconut powder---1/2 cup
Cumin powder --- ½ tsp
Coriander powder --- 1 tsp
Red chilli powder --- ½ tsp
Turmeric powder--- ½ tsp
Salt ---- enough
Onion --- 1
Ginger garlic paste --- ½ tsp
Curry leaves --- 2 strings
Tamarind paste – 11/2 tsp
Jaggery ---- small piece

Masala ingredients:

Cinnamon --- 2 small pieces
Cloves ---- 5
Cardamom ---5
Bay leaves ---5
Fenugreek seeds ---- ¼ tsp
Mustard seeds ----1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds ---1/2 tsp
Asafoetida --- pinch
Curd/ Yougut--- 2 cups
Oil--2 cups(for frying)


1. In a pan heat 2 tsp of oil, fry pea nuts, sesame seeds, dry coconut powder and fry for a while.

2. Let all the ingredients cool down.

3. Grind the cool down ingredients along with water and make a paste.

4.Wash the green chillis and slit in the middle.

5. Heat 2 Table spoons of oil, add masala ingredients, fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Fry for a while.

6. Add chopped onions and fry for a while. Add ginger garlic paste, curry leaves and fry together.

7. Add coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt and fry 1 minute . Add 3 or 4 cups of water and add grounded paste.

8.Add curd and let it boil for 5 minutes.

9.Add jaggery and tamarind paste and boil for 5 mintes.

10. Add long green chillis to the boiling masala and cover with lid and let it boil.
(Keep stirring now and then to avoid burning and boil till the masala thickens) Delicious Mirchi ka Saalan is ready. Eat along with veg rice/chapathi/cumin rice/ pulav.

NOTE: Even masala looks little watery, because of pea nut powder, it thickens.

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