Some recipes sound like they are hard work, for me Mirchi (chilli) ka Salan recipe sounded like one of those. But it turned out to be one that is not just easy but also one that ended up being a firm family favourite now. What I’ve done here is adapt the recipe and make a Chicken ka Salan.
Salan is the Urdu word for curry, and also happens to be one of the most popular dishes in Hyderabad cuisine. Hyderabadi cuisine is not just known to be spicy but is also known for its sour or tangy tones. Ingredients like tamarind or yogurt tend to be used to bring in the sourness to a dish. This goes perfectly well with spice and whole spices too.
This dish includes sesame, peanuts and coconut that lend their roasty and earthy tones to the curry, whereas the cumin seeds bring the freshness and fragrance.Tamarind packs cuts right through the spices with its sour flavours but balances the dish perfectly.
Chicken ka salan is the perfect accompaniment to a Biryani. And you could very easily replace the chicken with aubergines making it a wonderful vegetarian or vegan dish. Serve this flavourful dish with rice or rotis and a lemony carrot and spring onion salad.