Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Mirchi Ka Kutta (aka Hot Chilli Pickle)

This recipe of Mirchi ka Kutta is a very traditional dish made at our house. I learnt this from my mother-in-law, its one of her speciality. 'Kutta' means crushed/mixed in rajasthani. This dish is a mix of spicy/hot ingredients with the tanginess of curd and lemon. This is very easy to make; also it's not that spicy. The secret ingredients - curd and lemon, actually reduce the heat of the chillies. Here it is - the quick, almost instant, mirchi ka kutta for you chilli lovers. I don’t know my chillies too well and rely on the thumb rule that the smaller a chilli, the hotter it is. I used the regular Thai chilli (as marked in the grocery stores in U.S.). You can also use our Indian chillies or the medium hot or milder chillies.

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 25 mins

200 gm Green chillies, chopped

1 tsp mustard seeds (rai)
1 tsp fenugreek seeds (methi)
2- 3 tbsp of mustard, fennel and fenugreek seeds powder
3/4 cup curd
1/2 tsp tumeric powder
salt to taste
1 tbsp sugar
juice of 1/2 lime

1. Roast about equal amounts of mustard seeds, fennel seeds and fenugreek seeds together till they are light brown in color. Cool them and grind it into fine powder.

2. Heat the oil in the pan. Add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds. When they start to crackle. 3. Add green chillies and let it cook.

4. Then add the tumeric powder, mustard, fennel, and fenugreek seeds powder, salt to taste, sugar and curd. Mix well and let it cook till the liquid evaporates completely.

5. When done turn off the gas and let it cool completely.
6. Then add lime juice to it and store it in a container in the refrigerator and use it when needed.
7. Ready to serve as a side dish.



Tee said...

Too good! this is my favorite kind of pickle...we make this too but without the curds. How long does this last?

Latha Narasimhan said...

Hi athika, First time here. really hot recipe! Nice pictures too!

Pooja V said...

I love pickles in every form. My mom makes this minus d curds. she sometimes uses juliend ginger in these.

Rajitha said...

i love this pickle, my mom had made this years ago... i will be making this..yummy!

Unknown said...

Hi Atika,
Hot indeed..love hot chilli pickles once in a while. New kind of pickle to me with curds added will try it.....

Neelam said...

Athika...lovely recipe...I like green chilli pickle a lot.

bha said...

nice recipe, seems easy with the pics

Padma said...

Athika, your pictures says all the story...nice and super express pickle, will try this next time I bring bag of chillies from Subzi Mandi :)

Padma said...

even I was wondering how long does it last and how to preserve it?

Richa said...

wow! that is one mouth watering mirch ka kutta :)
do u refrigerate it? thanks

Athika said...

Hi Padma, Thanks dear. You can store this pickle for 2 -3 weeks. and to preserve we add lime juice to it and keep it in the refrigerator.

Hi Bhags, Thanks for your comment. It is a very easy recipe and doesnt take long time also.

Hi Madhu and Neelam, Thanks for your comment. Hope you like this Hot chilli pickle.

Hi Rajitha, Even I made this pickle after a very long time. it been month I made this. But it taste very good. You should definately try this.

Hi Tee and Pooja, This is my Mother-in laws speciality pickle. She adds curd and lime juice to reduce the heat and it does work.

Hi Latha, Thanks for your comment.

Athika said...

Hi Richa, Yes u do refrigerate this pickle to store it for few weeks.

Finla said...

Mmm very good
I love pickles.

Manasi said...

AHA!! u have come to the rescue! I got a LOT of mirchi and the same evening the hubby, in a fit of domesticity got another lot! Will make this! Thanx hon!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Athika,
Such a great and simple recipe, you are too good!
thanks for continuing to post great recipes.

Vcuisine said...

Athika, so hot, but nice. Viji

Pooja Na(i)rayan said...

I had it in my house recentlyloved it. Going to make it today. Will post the verdict later

Unknown said...

I loved this pickle and so did DH!!! He's loved green chili pickle all his life and he loved this!!! I scored big with this one!!! Thanks a ton! Your step by step pictures are too good!!!

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