The taste of chillies marinated in aromatic masala will make your mouth water… The smell of it will make you salivate wanting to taste it almost immediately – it is addictive!
1 kg long mild green chillies
1 cup methi masala (fenugreek)
1/4 cup coriander powder
1/4 cup cummin powder
2 cups oil
2 Tblsp crushed garlic
3 tsp whole mustard seeds
3 Tblsp salt
4 cups vinegar
Wash and dry chillies. Remove stems. Slice chillies length ways and slice in half or into thirds (depending on long the chillies are).
On medium heat, using a frying pan/pot add 1/4 cup oil together with the masalas. Let the mixture bubble for a few minutes – you will be able to smell the wonderful aroma that comes from the simmering masalas. Add to chillies.
Take the other 1/4 cup oil and heat in pan – add mustard seeds and crushed garlic. The mustard seeds will splutter and the garlic will turn a light pink color. Then add to chillies. Mix well and add salt last.
Add tamarind and vinegar to pot. Boil until thick and mushy. Add to chilli mixture (through a sieve).
Mix well, cool and bottle.