Saturday 24 February 2018

Recipe: Mirchi cha Thecha

I wanted to post this recipe on the blog for the longest time, as it is one of my favorite things to eat currently. Though it is consumed in small portions like a chutney or sauce, I tend to over serve myself. I am taking about the classic Maharashtrian dish...Mirchi cha thecha (Literal translation Ground chilies.)
Mirchi cha thecha is a staple food item in a Maharashtrian farmer's meal.
It is low cost, easy to make and has minimum ingredients, which explains it popularity among the poor and hardworking peasants of Maharashtra.
Even though its easy to make and low cost, it is one of the yummiest thing you will taste. So lets move on to the recipe of Mirchi cha thecha.

Green chilies - 2 cups
Garlic- 3/4 cup
Roasted Peanuts - 1 cup
Cilantro - 1 cup
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt as per taste
(I adjust the quantities of the ingredients as per my taste, if the chilies are hot I increase the quantity of peanuts, garlic and cilantro to make it mild.

Wash the green chilies and cilantro, and let it air dry.
Now chop the green chilies, garlic and cilantro and set aside.

In a heavy bottom pan, add a tablespoon of oil and once it heats up, add the chopped chilies, garlic and peanuts and keep stirring on medium heat for 5-10 minutes.

Once they are a little cooked, transfer them in a mortar add the chopped cilantro and salt to it and start grinding it using a  pestle.

Alternatively you can use a grinder too, to grind it coarsely, but I believe thecha just tastes better when you do it the traditional way.
Once the mixture has been ground coarsely, transfer it to the pan again and stir it over medium heat for another 2 minutes.

That's it..Mirchi cha Thecha is ready.
Crunchy, garlicky and oh so hot!
You can store it in your refrigerator for a week and enjoy whenever you like.
The ideal way to relish a thecha is with zunka and bhakri, but I eat it with roti, naan and sometimes even bread and rice.

Have you tried mirchi cha thecha before?
Do let me know in the comments below.


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