Mirchi Thecha | Green Chilly Thecha

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Mirchi Thecha is purely a Maharashtrian accompaniment to bhakris, bajra rotis and thalipeeth. It is a fiery, spicy dish and is definitely not meant for the faint hearted. It can also  be made only with chillies, garlic and salt. However, I am sharing a milder version of the fiery thecha by adding peanuts to it. Peanuts help to mellow down the pungency of the thecha and also adds a nutty flavour to it. Mirchi thecha is generally served in small quantity because of its fiery nature.

Ingredients

5 to 6 Green chillies (chopped into big pieces)
3 tbsp raw peanuts
1 tbsp oil
5 to 6 cloves garlic
3/4  cup fresh coriander
Salt as per taste

Method

  • Heat a pan and dry roast the peanuts on a medium flame for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Keep this aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add the green chillies, garlic  and saute for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Allow this to cool down.
  • Transfer this to a mixer alongwith peanuts, fresh coriander and salt and run the mixture just for 2 seconds.
  • The idea is to obtain a coarse mixture.
  • Mirchi thecha is traditionally prepared using the stone mortar and pestle.
  • Hence, while using the mixer, care should be taken not to overgrind the ingredients.

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