Mirchi Ka Salan is a thick curry made with green banana peppers, peanuts and tamarind. Banana Peppers are large green chillies that are less spicy than the regular small ones. They are also used to make Chilli Bhajjis or Chilli Fritters.
This is a delicious curry that originates from Hyderabad, which tastes great with rice or rotis.
10 Banana Peppers, sliced
4 tbsp Tamarind Paste, dissolved in warm water
1/2 cup Yogurt, beaten
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
For the Paste:
2 Red Chillies
2 medium Onions, sliced
4 tbsp Coconut, grated
1/2 cup roasted Peanuts
1/2 tbsp minced Ginger
1/2 tbsp minced Garlic
1 tsp Garam Masala
4 tbsp Sesame Seeds, roasted
1 tbsp Brown Sugar
1 tbsp Cilantro, finely chopped
salt, to taste
Roast onions in a skillet until they turn a golden brown. Keep aside.
Heat oil in the skillet and fry the chillies until golden brown. Remove and keep aside. Reserve the oil.
Grind together all the ingredients for the paste. Reheat the oil in the skillet. Add the ground ingredients and let it cook, stirring often, for about 15 minutes. Add 1/4 cup water and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes.
Add the yogurt, tamarind and salt. Mix well and cook for 3-4 minutes.
Add the fried chillies, cook until the gravy starts to thicken and is the consistency of a sauce.
Remove from heat and garnish with cilantro and lemon juice.