Lasuni Thecha

Thecha is a maharashtrian dish – it is a chutney but so spicy that I feel it is an achar! The main ingredient is chillies and garlic after all …. Simply fiery!

It is traditionally made in a mortar-pestle (okhali or kootan in hindi). If you don’t have one, you can use the chutney jar of the mixer or a food processor.

Usually, the ingredients are roasted/grilled whole. However, I have a small mortar, so I chopped the chillies and garlic before roasting.  

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This is my entry to JFI event for April – Garlic; hosted by Mathy of Virundhu. This dish has garlic cooked as well as raw – both in the same recipe. The JFI event was started by Indira of Mahanandi.

Ingredients:
Green chillies: about 10 (Depending on the spice level you can take – you may even destem the chillies to reduce the heat level) 
Garlic: about 4-5 large cloves
Peanuts peeled (unsalted): a handful (or you can use sesame seeds)
Oil: 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Lemon juice: 2 teaspoons (optional) 

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Method:

  1. Chop the chillies and garlic finely.
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  3. Dry roast the peanuts in a frying pan (kadhai). Set aside to cool.
  4. Grind the peanuts to a coarse powder in a coffee/spice grinder or a chutney mixer.
  5. Heat the oil in the frying pan (kadhai – I reuse the one used for peanuts). Add half the chopped green chillies and garlic and roast till they start turning brown. Turn off the heat.
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  7. We have roasted only half the garlic and chillies. The other half is directly crushed raw – this gives a fresh-fiery taste. Place the chillies and garlic (roasted as well as raw) in a mortar and crush to a coarse paste. You can also make it in a chutney mixer or food processor.
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  9. Mix in the powdered peanuts as well as salt. Crush to blend the thecha well.
  10. Squeeze the lemon juice if you want – I didn’t use it as I wanted it spicy.
  11. Transfer contents to a bowl and serve.
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  13. This dish is really spicy – so a little bit goes a long way!
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4 Responses to “Lasuni Thecha”

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  2. OMG! My mouth is watering! My husband loves thecha and he keeps telling me that each time I make bhakris! Thanks for the recipe!

    From skribles: Thanks for the compli – do try it out and see if you like it

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