Thecha Recipe | Green Chili Relish Recipe
Recipe type: Condiment
Cuisine: Indian, Maharashtrian
Serves: 1
A hot relish made with green chilies and garlic and has sweet and sour notes of jaggery and tamarind. Maharashtrian thecha tastes great with bhakri, which is bajra/pearl millet flat bread.
  • Green chillies – 50, mildly hot variety, stems removed
  • Onion – 1 medium, finely chopped
  • Garlic – 10 cloves
  • Dried coconut – 2 tbsp, shredded
  • Roasted and Ground Groundnuts – 3 tbsp
  • Tamarind – 2 tbsp, washed and pat-dried
  • Jaggery - 3 tbsp, chopped
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – ¼ cup + 1 tsp
  1. Heat 1 tsp oil in a skillet.Add garlic and sauté it on medium heat till it gets golden-brown spot and loses its raw smell. Remove it onto a plate.
  2. Add the green chilies in the remaining oil and sauté them on medium heat till they get some brown color. Remove them onto a plate.
  3. When the chilies cool down, grind them along with the garlic and dried coconut to a coarse mixture.
  4. Heat ¼ cup oil in a skillet. Add the onion and sauté till it begins to turn golden.
  5. Add the chili mixture and sauté on medium heat for 2-3 minutes stirring often.
  6. Add salt, jaggery, tamarind and roasted and ground groundnuts.
  7. Mix well. And cook till the jaggery has melted. Mirchi cha thecha is ready.
  8. Serve in small quantities with your meals. Enjoy!
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