Showing posts with label SOUTH INDIAN. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SOUTH INDIAN. Show all posts

Sunday, November 12, 2017



Mirchi ka salan (curry) is a traditional dish from the "City of Pearls" and divine Nizami cuisine. This peanuts and sesame based salan or curry is considered to be the most authentic accompaniment with biryani in Andhra cuisine and comes with many variations. Yes, you can make bhindi ka salan as well.
I wanted to make a salan that could be served with phulkas or paranthas or as a side with plain steamed rice and that's how the germ developed to cook chicken and chilli curry , the Hyderabadi way.
I had to tweak this traditional preparation a little bit so as to suit the typical Bengali taste buds, like the addition of jaggery, which you can omit. Secondly, I have added fresh coconut, as I personally feel it enhances the taste , but traditionally the recipe requires dry coconut.
Also , since it is not possible to get the Bhavnagri chillies here , I had to make do with the longish organic chillies which I ordered online.
Once in a while when you are in good cheer to make something exotic for the family , this dish could be given a thought.

And yes, nuts, sesame seeds, jaggery and lots of chillies make this recipe  iron and vitamin C, 


Chicken- 500gms
Green chillies- 10 atleast
Peanuts - 1 cup
Coconut (sliced)- 5/6 pieces
Sesame seeds- 1/2 cup
Khuskhus/posto- 1 tbspn
Fenugreek seeds- a few
Ginger- 1inch
Garlic cloves- 8
Onion - 1 or 2
Cumin- 1/2 tspn
dried red chillies- two (optional)
Curry leaves- handful
Mustard seeds for tempering
Tamarind pulp- 2 tbsp
Salt - as required
Haldi- 1tspn
Black pepper powder- 1/2tsp
Garam masala powder- 1tspn or less
Coriander leaves - chopped (optional)
Jaggery- 1tbsp (optional)
Lemon juice to marinate


Step 1

Marinate the chicken pieces ( boneless or with bone) with lemon juice, salt , haldi, black pepper powder and refrigerate for 2hrs. Take them out and shallow fry them , keeping the pan covered so that they are cooked properly . Almost done that is. Strain the oil and heat it again.

Step 2

Wash and de- seed the green chillies, fry them (lightly) and put them aside.

Step 3

Dry roast - peanuts+ posto +sesame+ methi+ coconut+ cumin+  dried chillies
Cool and blend with the garlic cloves and ginger.

Step 4

Add more oil if required and heat. Temper with mustard seeds and curry leaves. Brown the finely chopped onion and add the blended paste, alongwith haldi . Furthermore, add the tamarind pulp and jaggery. Let it simmer for a few minutes.

Step 5

Finally, add the chicken pieces and a cup of water. Let it soak in the flavour, and check the gravy to balance the seasoning. Once the chicken pieces are done, throw in the fried chillies, garam masala powder and increase the flame. Cook till the oil starts oozing.
The gravy should be thick and not runny or watery.
Before turning off the flame sprinkle the coriander leaves and keep covered till served.

Monday, March 13, 2017




Step 1
wash and soak

1. Rice- 3cups (5hrs)

2. urad dal- 1cup (2hours)

3. methi- half tsp (1hour)

Step 2

After 5-6 hours, soak one cup of poha / chewda for 5 minutes.

drain the water .

Grind all the ingredients separately and then mix them nicely .

the batter should be thick at this stage so use less water while grinding.

Step 3

Give the batter a nice mix , add a teaspoon of salt , mix gently and leave it covered for about 10 to 12 hours for fermentation.

Step 4

After 12 hours or so, you will see that the batter has fermented and increased in
volume. beat it nicely , and add salt as per taste.

For idli the batter should not be runny. For dosa you may need to add water and give it a gentle mix.

First batch of idli and first dosa should be enough to guide you regarding the

Step 5

Oil the idli moulds/ plates and pour the batter.

Steam for 6- 7 minutes .

Insert a thin bladed knife or a toothpick in the center , if it comes out clean then you can spoon out the idlis. Or else steam it for another 2 -3 minutes.




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