Thursday, July 1, 2010

Mulakeshya/Mulaku Puli/Green Chili Pickle

Today's special is a kerala special dish. It is a kind of pickle: MulakuPuli (Mulakeshyam - Green Chili Pickle). The name itselt saying the main ingredient of this dish : "Mulaku" is the malayalam word of Green Chili. I don't know how many of you are familiar with this recipe. This is a kerala special dish famous  in Palakkad. 
Another thing is that the main ingredient of this recipe (Green Chillis) used for this preparation are from our own kitchen garden.Do not get confused.We have a small vegetable garden at out balcony.We both like gardening. Our small vegetable garden have Tomato, okra and this chili. When the first chili pepper beginning to grow my hus  started saying that we can prepare the mulakeshyam with this chili.. Frankly speaking, i only heard about the dish but never get a chance to taste the same. I was pretty sure that amma didn't prepare that dish ever. But MIL's side, they prepare it often. Once I was taking to my MIL i just told her about our chili plant and my plan to make the mulakeshya. So she gave me this recipe (also I got the same from my SIL's mom). So my special thanks to my mil and valsala aunty.. When i started preparing this dish i was not sure that it will be so good. But luckliy it came out really good why i was saying this because i got a wonderful comment from my Hus saying that  it's taste same as amma used to prepare at home.what else  i need more than that.. Really i am so happy  because i got a chance to fulfill my hus desire to eat the delicious mulakeshya with our own home grown chili peppers.  another thing is  that i got one more pickle recipe. 
Usually we use the less spicy chili for this preparation. The chillies here  i used was so spicy so for avoiding the hot what i did is,just removed the seeds and veins of the chillis.. If its too spicy we can't get the exact taste. when i was talking about the spiciness, my mil told just pick them before getting matured that way can avoid the spiciness.thats was a new info for me.So yesterday i got the new batch of chilies i picked the young ones, Yes, she was right, it was not as spicy as the previous batch..
About this recipe.Its almost similar to the Puli inji (Ginger Pickle) . but the cooking method is not as hard as the puli inji.the best part is you can keep it for about 2 week in the refrigerator. a very best combination with rice and if u r pickle lover just have it with any dishes (roti, chappathi etc).As i told do not use the very hot chilies.OK lets tell u the recipe in detail.. do not forget to give a try.
Ingredients
Chili: 3 nos
Salt: to taste
Water: enough
Tamarind:a lemon size
Asafoetida: 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder: 11/2 tsp
Fenugreek powder: 1/2 tsp
Kashmiri chili powder/Chili powder:1 tsp/1/2 tsp
jaggery: a small piece
For seasoning
Oil: 1 tsp
Mustard seed: 1 tsp
Red Chili: 1
Curry leaves: 1 sprig
Preparation


Step1:
  • In 1 cup of water add 1-2 tbsp salt.(Check the salt level and if u need  add more salt) .Boil the water for 5-7 minutes in medium heat.
  • Let the salt water to cool down completely
  • Slit the chiles and remove the seeds and the internal parts(if its too hot).Cut the chilies into 4-6 pieces
  • Add the chili pieces into the salt water and keep it for about 1-2 hour
  • Soak the tamarind into 1/2 cup of water.
Step2:
  • Cut the soaked chiles into medium sized pieces
  • In a 1/2 cup of water add the chili coriander turmeric fenugreek asafoetida powder and salt,mix well.
Step3:
  • Heat oil in a pan.Add the mustard seed,once it started spluttering add the red chili and the curry leaves
  • Add the powdered water and stir for 30 seconds.
  • Add the tamarind water into it.let it boil for 2 minutes
  • Add the chili pieces into it.
  • Cook the chiles for 10-15 minutes  in medium heat or until all the water dry out.
  • At last add the jaggery. The mulakeshya should be in a thick gravied frm.
The delicious pickle is ready to serve.
Have it with any of ur favorite dish.The rest sholuld be transfered to the air-tight container and keep refrigerated for 2 weeks(if u prepared that much quantity )
Cook's Tip
  • Use less hot chilies.If u have only the hot chiles remove the seeds and veins  from the chile use the body part only.
  • Soak the chilies for minium of 30 minutes otherwise the chili doesn't get the salt .
  • If u don't like the sweetness do not add the jaggery.
  • By chance if u added more tamarind add this jaggery it will balance the excess tangy taste from the puli.
  • Do not add more water for cooking the chilies..
  • According to ur taste add more/less chili powder.

65 Said:

Krishnaveni said...

wow...pickle looks so good...would like to taste rightnow, superb

Suhaina said...

my grandmother used to prepare something similarly called " surukka puli" but it was not cooked.
U are making me drool Prani.
Nicely done.

Tes said...

The pickle looks fantastic. I like that you used home grown chili. It's so organic and fresh. I will try pickling green chili now. Wish me luck!

Pari said...

Hi Prani, pickle with home grown chilies, so lovely!
I would love to sample this, looks so good.

Sushma Mallya said...

Looks yum,nice one would love to have this..

PranisKitchen said...

kishna suhaina Tes pari and sushma thanks friends for the quick response and kind words ..

Priya said...

I thought the pickle will be green in colour, u have prepared them beautifully dear, truly tempting...

~ Lopa said...

OMG Prani, now i want to have it.... !
Here we hardly get that nice weather so most of the time we have to be ok with ready-made ones, this time mom is sending me some home-made pickles though.
Let me see if i get all the ingredients here, will give it a try myself.

BeenaShylesh said...

my god u have done it perfectyil....

simply.food said...

Chilli pickle looks wonderful and I am sure it tastes amazing nothing can beat fresh home grown produce.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Spicy! Would go so well with Yogurt Rice.
Thanks for reminding me that I left my meat measurements blank.

Uma said...

mouthwatering pickle!... cooking chillies is new to me.. explained well..looks too good!

TREAT AND TRICK said...

Looks so delicious dear though this one is new to me, beautiful click too...

The Housewife said...

I love chili pickle! I've had this once and it was so delicious! Once I had a Kerala pickle of peppercorns...have you ever heard or had that pickle? I've been looking all over for the recipe!

Rachana said...

The green chilli pickle looks fantastic. A mouthwatering delight for chilli lovers :-)

Suman Singh said...

home grown chilli and home made pickle...nothing can be better than this right? looks splendid...

Angie's Recipes said...

Never had something like this...looks very very tempting!

Sanjeeta kk said...

Wow! That is one good organic pickle to try. Fresh from the garden.

Priti said...

wow that's looks tangy spicy...drooling here now :)

Neha said...

I love pickles...this recipe is new to me as I am from north India..thanks for sharing!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Hi Prani,
Pickle looks fantastic. Tempting click...

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Vrinda said...

Nice n spicy pickle..

Umm Mymoonah said...

Wow! Green chilli in your balcony garden looks really good, i can feel the heat of the chilli by looking at it. Your pickle is lipsmacking.

Malar Gandhi said...

Whoo, garden fresh chilies look great' I make this chili pickle bit diff' thanks for sharing ur version, will try sometime:)

divya said...

Mmmmmmmm looks sooo yummy and this is really wonderful and delicious pickle........

Satya said...

pickle looks superb ....very tempting one...beautiful explanation n very nice clicks ...thanks 4 sharing dear

Kairali sisters said...

Kudos to your gardening skills prani..
Green chilly looks great da and so do the pickle, never had then before but pics makes us drool ...

Love
Suji

My Little Space said...

Spicy & flavourful! I think it would be perfect with white rice. Thanks for sharing & hope you're having a nice day.
Kristy

Swathi said...

Rani,

Nice green chili pickle, amma used make with thondan mullaku( banana pepper) Looks really good. I love them.

Kiran said...

Nice and delicious chilly pickle.Love your patio garden.

Vidhya said...

Hot and sour...looks really tempting

Nat said...

As soon as I read chilly and tamarid, I could not control the mouth watering. I could remember, the puli-milakai pickle done by my Mom. She used to puncture the green chillies and marinate in tamarind paste for days. I am not sure, its just green chilli or slightly fried chilli. Nothing can beat its taste. Somebody knows about this?

Niloufer Riyaz said...

pickle looks delicious, perfect side dish

Nitha said...

Looks so perfect.. with home grown chillies... wow.

Suja Sugathan said...

Wow..yummy and spicy..that too with home grown chillies,pickle looks superb..drooling here:)

Sayantani said...

love chilli pickle Prani...they are perfcet with hot hot parathas. yumee

Mano Saminathan said...

A tasty pickle recipe. Good idea for picking the chillies in a fresh way!!

Mriganayani said...

Perfect for a spicy kick to add to any food! Love your plant!

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

I bookmarked it, will surely make it as I am too growing chili in my garden. It looks mouth watering :)

PranisKitchen said...

priya lopa beena simply food cool lassie uma treat and trick the housewife rachana suman angie sanjeeta priti neha hamaree rasoi vrinda ayesha malar divya sathya suji little space swathi kiran vidhya nat niloufer nitha suja sayantini mano mrigayani priya thanks for the lovely comments dear frnds.. keep visiting

Suhaina said...

Hey Prani, where are the snaps of ur kids birthday party celebration. How is monu now? I think he has slept now, and u are free to blog right? I will make this curry next week for sure.. I am drooling after looking at the picture. I am on a diet, otherwise I would have made it today itself.

Mary said...

What a great way to add a bit of spice to a dish. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Mimi said...

Perfect, a spicy pickle.
Mimi

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said...

I don't take pickles much, but I feel like tasting some of this now! Yumm yumm! :D

FireintheBreeze said...

just came across your blog, this looks really yummy.

Valarmathi said...

Looks spicy and yumm.

munchcrunchandsuch said...

my fav with curd rice..amma makes it too..btw, where did u get that stand like thing for the plant?

Jayashree said...

The pickle looks fantastic. It really is a wonderful feeling to cook with veggies from your own garden, isn't it?

Raina said...

This looks wonderful. When you get a recipe from family members, it makes it even more special, and if you husband says it taste like his mom's that is a pretty big compliment;) Your chiles looks great too!

PranisKitchen said...

Mary mimi love2cook fireinthbreeze valar subha jayasree raian thanks for the wonderful comments dear frnds.. keep visiting..

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

this pickle look amazing good especially you use home grown green chili, well done!

Sook said...

The pickle sounds really yummy and flavorful too! :)

sangii said...

wow!luks absolutely mouthwatering dear

sowmya's creative saga said...

spicy and yumm..

PJ said...

yummy pickle, looks so tempting!

Viki's Kitchen said...

Mouthwatering pickle. The very name makes me drool. My favorite too.

Padhu said...

Pickle with home grown chillies... yummy!!

Nithu said...

Those are nice and tempting. I am also expecting some green chillies from my plant.

suma said...

Mouth watering!!! Literally!!:-))

Sarah Naveen said...

cute lil garden :)
this is new to me...gotta try this..

Deepti said...

That was a wonderful recipe...Never tried with hot chillies...I used to make with sweet chillies...Thanks 4 sharing..

PranisKitchen said...

sonia sook sangi sowmya pj viki padhu nithu suma sarah deepti thanks for the lovely comments dear friends. keep visiting.

Dipika said...

oooo My mouth is watering already....the moment i hear pickle.my tastebuds have popped up..and the very next moment i see chilli pickle...now its watering....Lovely...

my kitchen said...

Wow tangy & spicy pickle,loves to eat

Yasmeen said...

Spicy good!!

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