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Curd Chilly


It sounds fiery but isn't as fierce as the name suggests! Curd Chilly is a pickle of sorts from south India. You can eat it exactly as is or fry it in a little oil. Curd Chilly goes well with Curd Rice and plain boiled rice and Sambar (south Indian style lentils).


  • 1 kg fresh red chillies
  • 3 tbsps sea/rock salt
  • 1 cup very sour yoghurt
  • 1 cup tamarind juice (soak 1 golf ball-sized lump of tamarind in 1 cup water for 15 minutes and squeeze out juice)


  • Pre-heat your oven to 100 degrees Celsius or 212 degree Fahrenheit.
  • Put all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix very well.
  • Transfer them onto a baking tray lined with foil.
  • Bake in the oven, moving around occasionally, till all the chillies are completely dry.
  • Store in an air-tight glass jar.
  • Serve as is or heat oil in a pan and fry as many chillies as you want, till crisp.
  • Serving suggestions: Goes well with Curd Rice, plain boiled rice or Sambar (south Indian style lentils).

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