How to make Mirchi ka Salan - SK Khazana -

An ideal accompaniment to the famous Hyderabadi biryani

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Large green chillies, White sesame seeds (सफेद तिल)

Cuisine : Hyderabadi

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

Mirchi ka Salan - SK Khazana

Mirchi ka Salan - SK Khazana Recipe Card


Hyderabad’s 400-year-old culinary history, like its culture, is unmatched by any other state in India.  Of all the Muslim cuisines, Hyderabadi is the only one in the sub-continent that can boast of a major vegetarian section. This has much to do with the local influences. Considering that the elite of the erstwhile Hyderabad state came from the north of India and was almost entirely Muslim, this is a little surprising. The nation’s vegetarians, of course, stand to gain by it.
Some of the salient features of Hyderabadi food are the key flavours of coconut, tamarind, peanuts and sesame seeds. The main spice is chilli, which is used in abundance and is the reason for the one word used to describe Hyderabadi cuisine - fiery!
The cuisine draws its flavour from two rich legacies - the Deccan cuisine of Nizams and the spicy Andhra style of food, laced with mustard, garlic and chillies and eaten with doles of chutney and pickle.

Prep Time : 21-25 minutes

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Mirchi ka Salan - SK Khazana Recipe

  • Large green chillies slit lengthwise & deep-fried 18-20

  • White sesame seeds 2 tablespoons

  • Coriander seeds 1 tablespoon

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Roasted peanuts 1/2

  • Dried red chillies stemmed & broken 2

  • Ginger chopped 1 inch

  • Garlic 6-8 cloves

  • Oil 2 tablespoons

  • Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Curry leaves 8-10

  • Medium onion grated 1

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Tamarind pulp 2 tablespoons


Step 1

Heat a non-stick pan, add white sesame seeds, coriander seeds and cumin seeds and dry roast on medium heat till the sesame seeds plop and the mixture becomes fragrant.

Step 2

Let them cool, transfer them into a mixer jar, add roasted peanuts, dried red chillies, ginger, garlic and some water, blend to make a smooth masala paste.

Step 3

Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add mustard seeds and once they splutter add curry leaves and sauté for ½ minute.

Step 4

Add onion, mix and sauté, stirring continuously, till fragrant. Add salt, mix and sauté till light golden brown.

Step 5

Add turmeric powder and mix well. Add masala paste and sauté for 3 minutes, stirring continuously. Rinse the mixer jar with 1½ cups water and add it to the pan and mix well. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for 10 minutes.

Step 6

Add tamarind pulp (dissolved in half a cup of water, if it is too thick) and mix well.

Step 7

Add fried green chillies, mix and cook on low heat for 8-10 minutes.

Step 8

Transfer into a serving bowl and serve hot.

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