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Andhra Pradesh is one of the major producers of chilli pepper and the local cuisine prominently features it. Spicy pickles forms an integral part of Andhra cuisine. Most important are the Guntur red chillies which are very popular chilli peppers of Andhra Pradesh because of its color and spiciness. They are really fiery hot spicy chillies.
From here arise one of the best and popular poor man’s pickle which is commonly known as Pandu Mirapakaya pachadi which means pickle made of ripened red chillies and raw tamarind. In some areas of Andhra Pradesh it is also called as Korivi Khaaram. This is the spiciest of the pickles and unique to Andhra too. It is made by grinding ripe red chillies with raw tamarind and salt. The chilli peppers are grown abundance in the palnadu region of Andhra Pradesh (i.e. Guntur district and surrounding areas) and harvested in the early days of summers.
Raw tamarind and the ripe red chillies are the two main ingredients of this dish apart from salt, hence during the season its quiet economical and no elaborate preparations to be made for this. This is a very simple method of making the Tamarind red chillies pickle. Take raw tamarind cut into two halves and remove the seeds. Blend to a coarse paste and keep aside. Blend ripe red chillies also to a coarse paste and then mix tamarind paste, salt, turmeric, garlic, cumin seeds and blend again. Do not add any water.
Take the mixture in a bowl and keep aside. For tempering the pickle, add oil in pan, add mustard seeds, cumin, channa dal, urad dal, chopped garlic and mix well till the lentils slightly gets brown and add hing and curry leaves. Add this tempering into the tamarind red chillies pickle and mix well. The pickle is ready. Few tips to remember while making this pickle are wash the red chillies and air dry or wipe them dry with a cloth or paper towel. There should be no traces of moisture. While grinding the chillies and tamarind do not add water.
Always use a dry spoon and dry mixer when handling or grinding the pickle. This pickle stays fresh for at least six months with the kind of fresh red chillies.This is a unique Andhra pickle mainly for its hotness (spiciness) and color. Best eaten with hot rice and ghee, curd rice or really goes well with jowar ki roti (jonna rotallu in telugu). The texture and taste of the pickle will be truly awesome if ground using a pestle and mortar.
Red chilis contain high amounts of vitamin C and carotene (provitamin A). The pickle can be served immediately but if the pickle matures the tastes would be much better with age. You can also beat the fiery spicy hot pickle with the cold winds of winter. Wow truly amazing!