1) How do I make curd chilli at home?
Preparing homemade curd chillies is a simple process. Begin by selecting fresh medium-sized green chillies, washing and drying them. In a bowl, combine curd with salt and any desired powdered spices for extra flavor. Coat the chillies with this mixture. Place the marinated chillies on a clean, dry surface in direct sunlight, ensuring ample sunlight for even drying, which can take several days to weeks. Once dried, they will turn a light brown shade. To check if they are sufficiently dry, touch them; some may have a slight odour when dried, but this is natural and dissipates when fried. These sun-dried curd chillies can be stored in airtight containers for months. For frying, heat your preferred oil and deep-fry the curd chillies until they become dark brown, being careful not to overcook or burn them. Enjoy this flavorful condiment with your meals!
2) What are the ingredients needed for curd chili?
Handpicked medium sized good quality green chillies, salt, and curd are the only ingredients required for marination and good amount of sunlight for drying. You may also choose to add powdered spices of your preference if needed. For frying, use any oil for deep frying of the sun dried chillies.
3) Can I use any type of chili for curd chili?
Green chillies are used for preparing curd chillies, but unlike the regular thin green chillies bought for household use, it would be ideal to choose slightly bigger chillies.
4) Is curd chili spicy?
Yes, sun-dried curd chillies are typically spicy. The level of spiciness can vary depending on the type of green chillies used and how long they are dried in the sun. Curd chillies are often paired with curd or any curry that’s less spicy, so it balances out the spiciness when had with a meal.
5) How long does curd chili last?
Curd chillies are sun dried and can last for many months if stored in an airtight container. For frying, take the required quantity, and the fried curd chillies may last for a day.
6) What are the health benefits of curd chili?
Sun-dried curd chillies are packed with antioxidants like vitamin C, which can protect your cells and reduce the risk of diseases. They can also boost your immune system and make you feel happier by releasing mood-enhancing chemicals. These chillies can temporarily speed up your metabolism, potentially helping with weight management. Some studies suggest that eating chillies with meals can affect your weight and lower the risk of heart problems. However, the benefits can vary from person to person and depend on your overall diet. Adding sun-dried curd chillies to your food can add flavor and a little spice while offering potential health advantages. Just remember to enjoy them in moderation and as part of a balanced diet for the best results.
7) Can I store curd chili in the refrigerator?
It is not required to store curd chili in the refrigerator. Instead, you can store them in airtight containers in a cool, dry place, and take the required quantities for frying, whenever needed.
8) Are there any variations of curd chili?
The most common variety and the basic concept is the sun-dried curd chilli, also known as mulaku kondattam, where chilies are coated with a seasoned yogurt or curd mixture and then sun-dried. Sometimes green chilies are slit and stuffed with a mixture of yogurt, spices, and sometimes other ingredients like besan (gram flour).
Sun-dried curd chilies can also be used to make a type of pickle by adding oil, spices, vinegar, or lemon juice, which preserves them for a longer shelf life. Different regions and communities may have their unique variations, adding local flavors and ingredients to the preparation. For example, some might use different types of chilies or unique spice blends.
9) Can I use curd chili as a condiment for other dishes?
Curd chillies can be enjoyed as a condiment to spice up your meals. They pair wonderfully with rice, roti, or even as a side with dal. It can also be added to curries and stir-fries especially when tempering for a burst of flavours. It’s a great addition to your snacks such as vada paav, paav bhaji or even pakoras.
10) How to eat curd chillies?
Curd chillies are sun-dried and stored in ready to fry format. When required to have with your meals, take the needed quantity and deep fry them in oil. You can have the fried curd chillies with curd rice, dal rice, roti by mixing them in the meals.
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