i have had the opportunities of having the hyderabadi mirchi ka salan in hyderabad many times. most of the times when we would order hyderabadi veg biryani in the restaurants there, it would always be accompanied by the mirchi ka salan and raita by the side.
i have also had the hyderbadi veg biryani in the famous paradise restaurant in hyderabad. all i can say that it was not a good veg biryani. firstly there were not enough veggies. all i could see was the masala and that too not flavorful nor tasty. the rice was also not cooked well.
in fact the hyderabadi veg biryani which i make at home is a zillion times better than the paradise restaurant veg biryani and no exaggeration on this one.
this mirchi ka salan is a request recipe for one of my dear readers. in urdu language mirch or mirchi means chilies and salan means curry.
what makes the hyderabadi mirchi ka salan unique from other curries is:
- well, firstly it is made with green chilies.
- secondly the masala paste is made from healthy ingredients – sesame seeds, dessicated coconut & peanuts. these tone down the heat of the green chilies in the curry. i have also used lightly browned onions in the paste.
these ingredients are then ground with rest of the spices into a smooth paste. later the masala paste is cooked in the typical indian way with some tamarind pulp and then simmered with lightly fried green chilies.
the result is a lightly spiced, creamy & slightly tangy curry that pairs excellently with hyderabadi veg biryani. mirchi ka salan also goes well with veg pilaf or even steamed rice. i served it with jeera rice.
it is better to add milder variety of chilies in this curry. we get such midler varieties of chilies in india. these chilies are also used to make chili pakora (read chili fritters).
if you add the hotter variety of chilies to the curry, you curry will become very very hot. so avoid making this recipe with hot green chilies.
i have used semi-hot chilies and even adding these, about 12 of them made my curry very hot. but since we are used to eating spicy and hot foods, we liked it and relished it too
there are many variations of making the hyderabadi mirchi ka salan and this is my own recipe. i can say this is a really good recipe and you must try this one.
recipe details for the hyderabadi mirchi ka salan given below: