South Indies: Balaka/Majjige Menasu - Sun Dried Green Chillies

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

When the sun is at its peak, why not make good use of it?? Atleast this is what my grandmom believed in. Of all the things that my grandmom made during summer, I particularly love Balaka - sun dried green chillies.

Though these are readily available in most stores, there is something very charming about home made stuff .. Go ahead & make good use of the sun.

Balaka 1

These are usually made in bulk & are stored for over more than a year. And, these are fairly simple to make as compared to papads & the like. Though, a time consuming process, its totally worth the wait. These are perfect for monsoons, when one craves for something fiery & spicy.


You Will Need:

  • 50 Green Chillies
  • 3 cups Sour Buttermilk
  • 3-4 tsp Salt

How To:

  • Wash & pat dry green chillies. Make slits halfway along, such that the chillies remain intact & do not open up. You could use a toothpick or a small knife for this
  • In a huge bowl, mix buttermilk & salt
  • Immerse the slit green chillies in the buttermilk-salt mixture. Keep them in the mixture for 3 complete days. Keep stirring the chillies atleast twice a day.
  • Now, take a wide plate or spread a huge plastic sheet & sun dry the chillies. At the end of the day, transfer the chillies back to the buttermilk mixture.
  • Repeat the procedure for about 3 days.
  • Throw way the sour buttermilk & sun dry the green chillies for another 4 days until the chillies lose all moisture & are completely dry.
  • Store in a air-tight container.
  • Fry them for a few seconds, until golden brown.

Enjoi with a simple Dal Tadka , Majjige Huli or Curd Rice . . .


  • You could also use these chillies to temper plain Dal Tadka & Green Mango Dal in particular.
  • Those of you who are not used to spicy food may find this very fiery. So first, take a small bite to see if you can take the heat :)

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