Sunday, October 11, 2015

Dr. Mantena's Hyderabadi Special - Mirchi ka Salan

Hello friends, Dr. Mantena's kitchen is back with yet another Hyderabadi Recipe "Mirchi Ka Salan." Over a period of time I am trying to publish some of the famous Hyderabadi recipes as some of my Muslim friends wrote me asking to bring traditional Hyderabadi recipes with healthy twist in Dr. Mantena style. Hyderabad being a cosmopolitan city has vast verities of food. Today's 'Dr. Mantena's Special - Mirchi ka Salan' is one of the very popular recipes of Hyderabad. It is popularly served in Muslim festivals, weddings and other special occasions. It is a very delicious and spicy thick gravy best for serving with Biryani, Rice and Roti.

Usually this recipe is cooked with plenty of oil and masalas which is harmful to the body. It might lead to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, gastritis, ulcers etc.

I tried to customize this wonderful recipe to make it healthy and harmless at the same time maintain the original flavor, texture and aroma of the recipe alive. So without wasting any time lets go into the details of preparation.

Cooking Time                  :        30- 40 minutes

Serving                           :        4 people


Sliced Dry Coconut             -        1 cup

Peanuts                            -        3/4 cup

Sesame seeds                   -        1 cup

Cumin Seeds                     -        1 tbs

Black seeds or Kalonji         -        1/4 ts

Onions                              -        2 medium size

Green hot chili peppers        -        10 nos.

Yogurt                              -        2 cups

Curry Leaves                      -        10 Nos.

Coriander Leaves                -        1/4 cup

Lemon                               -        1 big size


1. Dry roast sliced coconut, peanuts and sesame seeds on a pan separately and keep them aside.


2. Chop the onions and dry roast the onions in a non-stick pan till it turns brown as shown in the picture below.


3. Allow all these ingredients to cool down and blend them into a fine paste as shown in the picture below.

4. Now slit hot chili peppers with a knife and keep them a side. These are long sized peppers used for making curries popularly known as Bajji mirapakayalu in Telugu.


5. Dry roast these peppers in a non stick pan occasionally turning them around for 2 minutes. Make sure the seeds don't spill out and not to overcook. Keep them aside after cooking.

6. Now dry roast the cumin seeds, kalonji and curry leaves in the same pan and add the blended paste into it. Cumin seeds and Kalonji are off course masala items but eliminating these two ingredients from this recipe will lose its aroma and texture. Therefore using them occasionally while making this kind of special dishes are exempted.


7. Add some water and let it cook for 15 minutes closing the lid as the paste tends to splutter. Make sure to stir the paste occasionally lifting the lid.

8. Now add 2 cups of sour yogurt and let it cook for another 5 minutes.

9. Finally add the dry roasted green peppers into the paste and let it cook for 15 minutes on a low flame.

10. Add juice of one big sized lemon or two. This gives great sour taste to the dish.

11. Now remove the pan and add chopped coriander leaves over it and serve hot with Biryani, Rice or Roti.

You can eat any quantity of this dish without any gas trouble, IBS and not need worry about cholesterol and high blood pressure at all. Further it has peanuts, sesame seeds, coconut that are rich in nutrition.

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