Mirchi ka Salan-How To Make It Right [Step By Step]

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Today, I will share with my readers my mother’s step-by-step recipe for Mirchi ka salan. As an avid foodie, since I am vegetarian, I love eating vegetable biryani. But my tummy is never satisfied unless I club my biryani with sides. And Mirchi ka salan is an ideal side dish to have with biryani.

This awesome side dish rounds off the majority of popular Indian rice-based dishes. One can certainly enjoy this side with main course meals like biryani, pulaotahri, etc. This side dish can also be enjoyed with roti or naan.

Mirchi ka salan is a dynamite combination of chili peppers cooked with tamarind, coconut, and peanuts in a tangy and creamy base of gravy. This side dish is flavor-rich but some people can find it slightly hot, thanks to the green chili and spices used in preparing it.

I am often intrigued by a wide array of complex flavors delivered by Indian meals. Do you agree with me 🤔 ? I think perhaps, that is the secret of success for Indian meals.

So, do you want to know the secret to turn your meal delicious? Well, pair your meal with contrasting flavors. Mirchi ka salan is one such popular condiment that fits the bill.

In this blog post, I will share with my readers everything they need to know about this awesome side dish. More importantly, I will show my readers how to make this dish more easily with minimum ingredients available.

So without any further adieu, let us dive in!

How Mirchi Ka Salan is Made

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For my detailed recipe, please read below my in-depth recipe guide. You can also print this recipe free so that you have this recipe in your record.

I hope you like my recipe and that you enjoy my recipe with your friends and family soon.

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Try this awesome side dish with your biryani or pulao. It is one of the popular Hyderabadi side dishes which is made of chilies and is full of rich flavor and aroma.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people


  • 2 tbsp Peanuts (moongphalee)
  • 1 tbsp Desiccated/Dry Coconut (kopra)
  • 1/2 tbsp Poppy Seeds (khaskhas)
  • 2 tbsp Sesame Seeds (til)
  • 1/2 inch Chopped Ginger (adarak)
  • 2 pieces Peeled Garlic Clove (medium sized lahasun)
  • 1 piece Onion (thinly sliced pyaaj)
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 2 tbsp Tamarind Paste (Imalee)
  • 6 pieces Green Chilies Slit and De-Seeded (per your spice level hari mirch)
  • 1/2 tbsp Cumin (jeera)
  • 1/2 tbsp Mustard (rai/ sarson ke beej)
  • 6 pieces Fresh Curry Leaves (karee patte)
  • 1/2 tbsp Red Chili Powder (laal mirch)
  • 1/4 tbsp Turmeric Powder (haldi)
  • 1/2 tbsp Garam Masala Powder
  • Salt as per your taste (namak)
  • 2 cups Water

Ingredients For Masala Paste:

  • 2 tbsp Peanuts (moongphalee)
  • 1 tbsp Desiccated/Dry Coconut (naariyal ka burada)
  • 1/2 tbsp Poppy Seeds (khaskhas)
  • 2 tbsp Sesame Seeds (til)
  • 1/2 inch Ginger (chopped adarak)
  • 2 pieces Garlic Clove (peeled lahasun)
  • 1 piece Small Onion (thinly sliced pyaaj)
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1/3 cup Water


Preparation For Masala Paste:

  • On a medium flame dry roast peanuts, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and desiccated coconut; once all ingredients are well roasted, rest it aside to cool down.
  • In a saute pan, add some oil and saute thinly sliced onions until it turns golden brown. Add ginger and garlic, saute it well until the raw smell disappears. Rest it aside to cool down.
  • In a blender jar, add all these ingredients and blend it to make a coarse masala paste, to blend you can use nearly ⅓ cup of water if needed.

Preparation for Tamarind Paste:

  • To make tamarind paste, heat some water and soak tamarind in it for some time.
  • Squeeze and extract tamarind pulp and keep it aside.
  • You can also use ready-made tamarind extract, which is easily available in any Indian grocery store.

Preparation for Chilies

  • Take 5-6 fresh green chillies, slit them lengthwise and de-seed them.
  • Take oil in a frying pan, fry de-seeded chilies for 2 – 3 minutes, and keep it aside.

Method Of Preparing Salan/Curry

  • Heat a saucier or saute pan; add some oil to it. Once the oil is heated add mustard and cumin seeds, once mustard and cumin seeds crackle, add curry leaves saute it for 30 seconds or so.
  • Add coarse masala paste, saute it for a minute.
  • Add turmeric powder, chili powder, garam masala powder, and salt as per your taste; saute it for a minute or two.
  • Now, add tamarind juice paste, add enough water to make a thin gravy, mix it well to break any lumps from the gravy.
  • Cover the saucier / saute pan with the lid and simmer it on a low to medium flame for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Now add fried chilies, cover the lid and again simmer it on low flame for 5 to 6 minutes until the gravy thickens.
  • Mirchi ka salan is ready to serve with your choice of biryani or pulao.


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Origin Of Mirchi Ka Salan

Before I share my recipe, time for some history lessons here. I intend to help my readers with a very quick fact check about this side dish.

Salan is an Urdu word for a curry. Mirchi ka Salan originates from the city of Hyderabad. This city is situated in the southern part of India.

Hyderabad is well known for its peculiar cuisine, spectacular monuments, beautiful mansions, and bygone royalty of nizams.

The royal family of Hyderabad, I mean the Nizams, had a voracious taste for luxury. This led them to accumulate tremendous wealth. Their quest not just stopped at erupting palaces and acquiring jewels but also extended towards food. Thus making them a thorough connoisseur of good food.

Nizams were an ardent fan of biryani, the main course dish which has a base of long grain basmati rice and is a meal packed with rich flavor and aroma. Nizam’s cook very elegantly clubbed biryani with another side dish which surprisingly is vegan. We call it today Mirchi Ka Salan or Mirch Ka Salan.

Ingredients For Mirchi Ka Salan

Now that I have given you some background about this side dish, let me tell you what all ingredients you need to cook this awesome side dish at home.

Mainly three major ingredients are needed to cook this tasty side dish. And these ingredients are chili peppers or jalapeño, spices, and creamy peanut sauce.

Chili Peppers

This side dish is named after chili. Mirchi in Urdu or Hindi means chilies. So this dish is incomplete without chilies

I recommend using green chilies or jalapenos.

Green Chilies or Jalapenos


Spices make this side dish a flavorful delightYou would need spices like sesame seeds, poppy seeds, ginger, garlic, mustard, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and garam masala.


Tamarind and Peanut Sauce

This side dish is in the form of a curry. A combination of thick tamarind and peanut sauce gives this dish a tangy and creamy flavor that tastes simply delicious.

Tamarind and Peanut Gravy

Tips To Make Good Salan/Curry

The recipe for Mirchi ka salan would need roasting ingredients such as peanuts, coconut, sesame seeds, poppy seeds on a low to medium flame, to ensure ingredients are roasted enough to release their aroma and they don’t get burned. Mirchi ka salan with fresh coconut tastes simply delicious!

If one doesn’t have tamarind one can use lemon juice, however, tamarind gives a good dark color to the salan. One can adjust the number of chilies based on the spice level.

One can also add a little bit of jaggery for a hint of sweetness, however, I like or prefer salan without jaggery. If one wants to make vegetable salan, one can replace green chilies with either boiled or with sauteed vegetables. Many people also love Mirchi ka salan with capsicum, it is very popular especially in southern India.

Closing Thoughts

I am so glad that you discovered my recipe. If you have tried this recipe at home, I want to hear from you. Did you try it with yummy biryani or pulao? And did your friends enjoy it? Please let me know in the comments or on your favorite social media channel.

Are you still confused about what to eat along with your biryani or pulao? Well, don’t worry as now I have given you some side dish options like Mirchi ka salan and raita. And you also know how super easy are these side dishes to make.

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  1. 5 stars
    Sorry, I do not want to share my name. But yes I would like to say that this is a very simple recipe I have found, I am a student and I often hunt such easy recipes to cook. Thanks


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