Mirchi Ka Salan Or Chilli Curry 

Mirchi ka salan or chilli curry.

A lip-smacking side dish from Andhra cuisine.

The Andhra cuisine comprises of both mouth-watering vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.

This mirchi ka salan or chilli curry is made of big size less hot variety chillies in a spicy gravy. You can get one more chilli recipe here

Posting this recipe for a Facebook group Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge.

In this group all the participating bloggers were challenged to make a dish with the use of two secret ingredients their partner assigns them with.

This month I have been paired with Shobha Keshwani for Andhra cuisine theme. And the two ingredients are mirchi/chilli and til/sesame.

Shobha is a very talented blogger who blog at http://www.shobhasfoodmazaa.com/?m=1

Check out delicious recipes on her blog. Thanks a lot Shobha for the advice and these wonderful ingredients.

I am very happy to share this because its first recipe from Andhra cuisine in my blog.
Mirchi ka salan generally served with Haydrabadi biryani. I have made veg pulao with this delicious curry. I will share this veg pulao recipe later.

I have made this mirchi ka salan according to my taste. Added little sugar and a small tomato in it. But you can omit sugar and tomato if you like. Tomato and red chilli powder gives a nice colour to the gravy.



Recipe 


Big size green chilli – 6-8

Onion – 1

Garlic – 3 cloves

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Peanut – 1/4 cup

Desiccated coconut – 1/4 cup

Seasam seed – 1 heaped tablespoon

Tomato – 1 small, chopped

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Nigella seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Tamarind – 1 tablespoon

Sugar – 1/4 teaspoon

Oil – 3 – 4 tablespoon



Method 
Soak the tamarind in 1/4 cup hot water.

Wash the chillies. Pat dry and remove the stem. Slit vertically and remove the seeds. Chillies should be intact. Don’t cut fully. Keep aside.

Dry roast the peanut and let it cool. Peel and grind in a grinder.

Dry roast sesame seeds and dessicated coconut separately till becomes light brown.

Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. Fry sliced onion. When the onion becomes translucent add chopped garlic. Fry till the onion becomes brown.

Add tomato and ginger. Saute till the tomato becomes mushy and oil leaves the sides.

Add ground peanut, sesame seeds and dessicated coconut. Saute for 1 minute.

Let the mixture cool down. Grind the mixture with turmeric powder, red chilli powder and garam masala powder. I have used kashmiri red chilli powder, its not hot but if you are using red chilli powder add as per your spice tolerance.

Make a smooth paste.

Heat remaining oil in a pan. Fry the chillies till light brown. Cover the pan while frying to avoid spluttering.

When the chillies changes it’s colour, remove from oil and place on a paper towel.

In the same oil add cumin seeds, mustard seeds and nigella seeds. Let them splutter. Add curry leaves. Now add the ground spices and saute for 1-2 minutes.

Add water, salt, sugar and tamarind pulp. Add water as require to make a thick curry.

When it starts to rolling boil add fried chillies. Stir and cover. Cook on low heat for 10 – 15 minutes. Check in between.

Remove the cover. Taste and adjust the salt. The gravy should be thick. If its runny boil for some more time or add more water if require.

Garnish with chopped cilantro and tomato.

Serve hot with biryani, pulao, jeera rice or any bread, paratha or naan.
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Savoury Rasgulla Korma 

Savoury rasgulla korma.

Yes, you heard right, it is savoury rasgulla. We know that rasgulla is a famous sweet of Bengal and Odisha.

But today I am sharing this famous rasgulla with a twist. I have made these rasgulla in salted water instead of sugar syrup. And dip them in a very delicious and flavourful gravy. The taste is awesome.

A perfect party side dish. Or make it for your sudden guests,if you have milk in your refrigerator.

Or you have some store bought rasgulla in your fridge and no one wants to eat? No problem just squeeze them and dip them in hot water. Squeeze again and dip in the gravy. Easy isn’t it 😀

Now include it with your other paneer dishes like matar paneer, shahi paneer or Kadhahi paneer etc.

Try and add this in your festive menu. I am sure everyone will love this delicious and flavourful curry.

Recipe 



Milk – 1 litre

Vinegar – 2 tablespoon

Salt – 1 teaspoon
Water – 3 cup

Onion – 2 chopped

Garlic – 3-4 cloves

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Tomato – 2 large chopped

Almond – 8-9 soaked and peeled

Cashew nuts – 8-9 soaked

Green chillies – 2-3

Green cardamom – 2-3

Cloves – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Mace or javitri – 1 string

Star anis – a small piece, optional

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Coconut milk – 1 cup

Water – 1 cup

Salt to taste

Chopped cilantro to garnish

Method 


Heat the milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to boil add 2 tablespoon vinegar and stir. Milk will be curdle. If require add little more vinegar. When the whey or water and paneer separate from the milk, strain the paneer or cottage cheese with a muslin cloth. Hang it for an hour.

After an hour mash the paneer with your palm. Knead it well with the heel of your palm until the paneer becomes smooth and little greasy. Knead it for at least 10 minutes.

Make small balls with it. You can make 10-12 small balls. There should be no cracks on the balls.

Heat 3 cup water with 1 teaspoon salt in a wide pan. When the water comes to rolling boil slide the paneer balls in it.

Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat.

Let it cool down.

Grind onions garlic and ginger.

Separately grind tomatoes, green chilli, cardamom cinnamon, cloves, mace, soaked and peeled almond, soaked cashew nuts and star anis. Star anis has very strong flavour so take a small piece. If you don’t have star anis omit it.

Make a smooth paste.

Heat oil in a pan. Add onion, garlic and ginger paste. Fry till oil leaves the sides.

Now add tomato, whole spices, green chilli, almond and cashew nuts paste.

Add salt, cumin powder coriander powder, turmeric powder and Kashmiri chilli powder. Saute until oil leaves the sides.

Add coconut milk and water.

When it starts to boil add the paneer or cottage cheese balls or savoury rasgulla.

Cover and cook for 10 minutes on low flame. Stir gently to avoid the rasgullas break.

Switch off the flame.

Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Serve with steamed rice, roti or Indian flat bread, paratha, puri, pulao, fried rice or any bread of your choice.

Enjoy the rich, delicious and flavourful savoury rasgulla korma.
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Raw Banana Curry 


Raw banana curry.

A very delicious and flavourful curry made with green banana or raw banana.

We all know that green or raw banana is very nutritious vegetables.

Nutritionally, the green banana is a good source of fiber, vitamins and minerals, and contains a starch that may help control blood sugar, manage weight and lower blood cholesterol levels.

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You don’t need to cook it always in a simple way. Why not transform this healthy vegetable into a rich or shahi curry? Try this recipe. Even you don’t recognise banana in this curry. Its superbly delicious, flavourful, spicy and rich.

I have shared two more banana recipes here.

Raw banana kofta and Banana butter masala. To get the recipe click the name.

You can serve it as a party side dish. You can make it without onion garlic too. Just omit onion and garlic, increase the amount of poppy seeds. Add 2 tablespoon each poppy seed and cashew nuts paste and 1-2 tablespoon cream. You can add fresh coconut paste too. Your no onion garlic rich and delicious curry is ready.

Recipe 



Raw banana – 5

Onion – 2 large

Garlic – 3-4 cloves

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Poppy seeds – 1 tablespoon

Tomato – 2 large

Green chilli – 2-3

Clove – 3

Green cardamom – 2-3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 tablespoon

Oil – 3-4 tablespoon or as required

Coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped, optional +to garnish

Water as required

Method 


Peel and chop the bananas lengthwise. You can chop in any shape. Wash and drain the water.

Soak poppy seeds in hot water or microwave with little water for 1 minutes.
Slice 1 onion and separate the layers. Keep aside.

Grind 1 chopped onion, garlic and ginger.

Separately grind the tomatoes, soaked poppy seeds, green chilli, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon. Make a smooth paste.

Heat oil in woke or pan. You can use mustard oil or any refined oil.

Add sliced onion and fry. Stir continuously while frying, onion shouldn’t be burnt.

Fry till onion becomes brown. Remove from the oil and keep aside. We will use it for garnishing.

In the same oil fry the banana pieces till golden brown and place them on a paper towel.

Now add onion, garlic and ginger paste into the oil. Fry till oil leaves the sides. For no onion garlic recipe read the notes.

Add tomatoes, poppy seeds, green chilli, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon paste. You can also add fresh coconut paste  if you want.

Add cumin powder, coriander powder, kashmiri red chilli powder and garam masala powder.

Fry again till oil leaves the sides.

Add fried banana pieces and salt. Mix well and fry for 1-2 minutes more.

Add water as require. I have made it dry but you can make thick gravy. Don’t make it runny.

Cover and cook till the banana pieces becomes tender.

Add chopped coriander leaves if you want, I didn’t. Remove from flame. Add some fried onion and mix well.

You can add 1-2 tablespoon cream too if you like.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and fried onion slices.

Serve hot with roti or Indian flat bread, paratha, naan, puri or dal chawal.

Note –

With tomato, chilli and whole spices you can grind fresh coconut too.

If you want to make without onion garlic curry, omit the onion and garlic and increase the amount of poppy seeds. Add 2 tablespoon each of poppy seeds paste, cashew nuts paste and fresh coconut paste with tomatoes. At the end add 2 tablespoon cream.

Enjoy the rich, spicy and delicious banana curry with your lunch or dinner.

 

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Railway Mutton Curry 


Railway mutton curry.

An easy to cook, delicious and flavourful mutton curry with onions, tomatoes, garlic and some flavourful spices.

Here is a story behind this super delicious mutton curry. It takes you back to the colonial era. It was first served in first class compartment of Indian Frontier Mail or Golden Temple Mail. This spicy mutton curry also used to serve in the railway refreshment room and other long distance train to serve the British palate. It was  generally served with bread or dinner rolls.

There are many variations of this curry which indicates the train routs.

Our this week’s #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #Colonialinspired cuisines. I think its the best event to share this less spicy version of Bengali mutton curry or mangsor jhol.

One of story behind it that a drunken British officer stumbled into the railway kitchen in midnight. At that time kitchen service was over and the cooks were preparing their own food. And their one dish was spicy and hot Bengali mutton curry. British didn’t like the hot spicy taste so the curry was changed from a spicy curry to less spicy curry by adding curd and coconut milk. The officer overjoyed with the taste and included it on the food menu of train. And he fondly called it Railway mutton curry.

Here is the recipe of one of the most popular mutton curry, a little less spicy version of Bengali mutton curry with coconut milk. Goes well with steamed rice, pulao, roti or Indian flat bread paratha and puri or luchi.

Recipe 


Mutton – 250 gram

Onion – 2 large sliced

Potatoes – 2 large

Garlic – 8 cloves finely chopped or crushed

Ginger – 1 inch piece grated or paste

Tomatoes – 2 large ground

Green cardamom – 4 broken or crushed

Cinnamon – 2 inch piece broken or crushed

Cloves – 4 broken or crushed

Mace or javitri – 1 string

Nutmeg powder – a pinch

Bay leaf – 1

Green chilli – 2 – 3 chopped or paste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kasmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Mustard oil – 1/3 cup

Coconut milk – 1/2 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 teaspoon optional

Salt to taste

Potato – 2 large

For marination 


Ginger garlic paste – 1 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Mustard oil – 1 tablespoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Curd – 2 tablespoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1 Teaspoon

lemon juice or vinegar – 1 teaspoon

Method 
Wash and drain the mutton pieces. Marinate with ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, salt, curd, red chilli powder, black pepper powder, mustard oil and lemon juice or vinegar. I have used lemon juice.
Marinate and keep it in refrigerator for overnight or 1 – 2 hour.

Peel the potatoes and cut them into half.

I have ground the tomatoes with green chillies, ginger, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, mace and nutmeg powder. If you like you can use them crushed or broken.

Heat oil in a pan. Fry the potatoes. Don’t make them brown. Fry till the colour becomes light golden brown.  Remove and keep them aside.

In the same oil add bay leaf. If you are using cardamom, cinnamon etc broken add them too. Add sliced onions and garlic. Saute till the colour becomes brown.

Now add the tomato paste along with ginger, green chilli and other spices.

Saute till oil leaves the sides.

Add the mutton pieces and salt. Add salt carefully. We have already used salt in marination.

Stir continuously to avoid sticking to the bottom. Fry til the mutton pieces change it’s colour. Add the potatoes and mix well.

Add hot water as require to make thick gravy. Don’t make it runny.

Transfer it to the pressure cooker. And pressure cook for 3 – 4 whistle.

Open the lid and check if done or not. Mine is little undone so I have pressure cooked on simmer for 10 minutes more.

After opening the lid add the coconut milk. If you are using ghee or clarified butter add it too. Mix and close the lid again.

Serve after 10 – 12 minutes. Serve hot with steamed rice, pulao, roti or Indian flat bread, paratha, puri or luchi.

Or simply enjoy it with toasted bread.