Friday, December 2, 2011

Shimla Mirch Ka Salan - शिमला मिर्च का सालन (Capsicums in Spicy Peanut Gravy)

Hello Friends,

Another week and another wonderful Blog Hop, brainchild of Radhika

This week, I was paired with a wonderful fellow blogger Veena. She had just too many delicious South Indian recipes, of course along with other delicacies. I was browsing her blog to chose my recipe and guess what I saw Mirch ka Salan. First, I thought, great, mirch ka salan and then I saw that she actually used shimla m,irch (capsicum) instead of hari mirch (jalapeno), which intrigued me even more and there I had my candidate for the blog hop.

So, further ado, here is the recipe for you.

Shimla Mirch Ka Salan - शिमला मिर्च का सालन (Capsicums in Spicy Peanut Gravy)
Shimla Mirch (Capsicum) - 3 big ones, cut into big cubes or long strips, whichever you like
Peanuts - 1/4 cup
White Sesame - 2 tbsp
Cumin Seeds - 2 tsp
Oil - 1 tsbp (to saute capsicum)
Salt - as per taste
For Ground Paste
Onion - 1 big one
Tomato - 3 medium ones
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Garlic - 3-4 big cloves
Coconut - 2 tbsp
For Dry Masala
Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
Red Chili Powder - 1 tsp (increase or decrease based on your taste)
Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
Cumin Powder - 1 tsp
For Tadka
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Methi dana (Fenugreek Seeds) - 1/2 tsp
Kalunji (Nigella Seeds) - 1 tsp
Oil - 1 tsbp

  • Firstly, soak tamarind in warm/hot water about 1/4 cup for 10-15 min and then get the pulp out of it (about 2-3 tbsp)
  • Then, dry roast peanuts, sesame and cumin (not the tadka one) and grind them to coarse powder when cooled down a bit.
  • Now, grind everything under masala paste section with no added water.
  • Take a non-stick pan (deep one as the gravy on cooking tends to splatter).
  • Take 1 tbsp of oil in it and when it is hot, add mustard, fenugreek and cumin seeds.
  • Once they start spluttering, add ground paste to it and cook till all rawness is gone and nice aroma comes from it.
  • While that is cooking, take another non-stick pan and add oil to it.
  • Add capsicum and sprinkle little salt and saute  them for 3-4 minutes. Keep it aside.
  • Once gravy is cooked, add ground masala mix (peanut, sesame and cumin) along with other dry masalas and salt.
  • Let it cook for another 2 min.
  • Now, add tamarind pulp along with 1 cup water.
  • Cook the gravy covered (as it will splatter) for about 5 min. on medium heat.
  • Add sauteed capsicum and cook another 3 min. or till gravy thickens a little.

I served it both with warm rice and rotis. It was equally good. You could taste of course all the spice, but especially the peanutty goodiness, which I love in my curries :)

Please do check what other blog hoppers are cooking.

That's all for now. Take care till next post.


veena said...

Looks lovely!!!!Hope you liked it:-)...I don't the guts to eat's why the shimla mirch:-)

rajani said...

The dish looks really wonderful :)

Priya dharshini said...

Wow..Yummy curry...Bookmarking it ,priya

Krithika said...

looking good!!! never tried this...

Santosh Bangar said...

looking tempting with differentmy blog has guest post in Wan's blog pl visit

Sushma Mallya said...

yum Yum this looks so mouthwatering !

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Shimla Mirch Salan looks simply awesome. Wonderfully prepared.

Hamaree Rasoi

Hari Chandana P said...

Wow.. perfect and tempting curry.. thanks for sharing dear :)
Indian Cuisine

Raji said...

I make mirchi ka salan but this one with capsicum looks really great...excellent preparation.

Sumee said...

ummm.... sounds delicious.. I have been thinking abt this too.. though no time on hand!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Delicious looking dish...Hot and yum...

soujanya said...

sounds delicious!!!

Alpana said...

Mouthwatering dish Priya........making me drool.

Pushpa said...

Yummy and spicy salan.

Prathima Rao said...

Simply too yummy!!!!
Prathima Rao
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Archana said...

looks absolutely yum

Archana said...

looks absolutely yum

Priya Suresh said...

Irresistible dish,simply inviting.

Anjali Bapna Shukla said...

An absolutely delightful recipe....thanks for sharing the idea of working with Capsicum in such a lovely way....m sure my hubby is gonna love it!.

Elaichii said...

Love capsicum and salan looks so good!

divya said...

looks very tempting and delicious. Lovely dish.

Gopika Ram said...

Woww.. This looks so yummy Priya :)

Vidhya said...

Sounds delicious.Would love to try this.

Sobha Shyam said...

sounds great, looks delicious Priya..

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