Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Achari Mirch - Instant Green chillies cooked with Five spices ! #beatwinterblues #chilliheat #indianrecipe #fivespices #pickle

Come November and signs of winter clearly visible everywhere, especially in food markets in India. Many times I would tag along with Mum wearing my purple frock style sweater, but mum would make sure that I wear my scarf on my head too to keep my ears warm in temperature around 20C to 22C :) ya, those were the winter days in Gujarat !!

Mostly she would go to same market to get our daily sabzi , near our house where almost 50-60 sabjiwals and frutiwalas set up there cart with fresh produces since early evening. We had fixed time to go the sabji market, everyday 5:30 pm, mum and few ladies from the neighborhood get together and enjoy buying sabzi together.

During winter we would bring so many winter produces like aubergines, cauliflower, fresh green peas, kachi haldi and so many other vegetables with lots of garlic and green chillies. I always noticed that during colder days various kind of chillies were available that time and mum always enjoyed making, Instant zero oil fresh haldi ( Turmeric ) pickle,  fresh chilli pickles or sometimes she would just roast them on skillet, sprinkle little salt and enjoy with her meals.

While I used to see her eating chilli pickle and roasted chillies, alway used to wonder why she is crazily enjoys chillies so much ?  Well, I never asked her , but while I was growing up, I joined her too but not as much as she would eat and then I realized what I was missing on ? As usual I learnt making those dishes very quickly.

In my kitchen I follow same routines as soon as cold winds bring freezing weather, I start making winter warmer delights like Baingan Bhartha , Millet flour Roti, Garlicky aloo - baingan sabji, Garlic chutney, Instant stuffed Chilli Pickle and of course Achari Mirch ! And obviously also perceived myself that why automatically we tend to eat more spicer food during cold days, as chillies help to lift your mood and perfect way beats winter blues, also that capsaicin ( active component that gives chillies their heat ) has number of benefits which are vital for our bodies during winter times like chillies and capsicum are full of vitamin C which we need most to boost our immune system. Studies have also shown that by eating chillies works to speed up our bodies metabolism.

 





I am so lucky to get almost more than fifty types of chillies available in our markets. Few days back, I think I bought a packet of Turkish chillies , so mild and absouletley fresh, also I bought 8 bunches of fenugreek leaves and aubergine and made Baingan Methi sabzi with Bajra Rotla with garlic Chutney and quickly made Achari Mirch !

Achari Mirch, so simple and easy to prepare in a jiffy. The aroma of cooking chillies are so tempting, tasty and flavourful, without making it spicy, subtle bitterness and tanginess comes from fenugreek seeds and dried mango powder, also so refreshing !

This Achari Mirch goes perfectly with any kind of Paratha or Masala puri.



You will need:-

  • 250 g very mild chillies
  • 2 tbsp. sesame or any oil
  • 1 tsp. panch phoran ( five pickle spices - mustard, cumin, fenugreek, onion and fennel seeds )
  • Pinch hing
  • Pinch turmeric powder
  • Pinch amchoor powder
  • Pinch sugar ( optional )
  • Salt to taste
Method :-
Clean, wash and dry chillies.
Cut into round shape.
Heat oil, add panch phoran and hing.
Once they crackle add cut chillies.
Keep heat high, stir for 2-3 minutes.
Add turmeric powder and salt.
Cook another one minute.
Switch of the heat, add amchoor and sugar.
Stir once agin.
Serve with roti, paratha , puri or Millet roti ( Bajra rotla )








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