Green Chiles–The Batman of the Vegetable Kingdom
The first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words ‘Green Chilli’ is the sound of you going ‘hisss haaa’! Green chilli or ‘Hari Mirch’, as it’s called in India, has a special place in sub continental cuisine. Being a tropical country, India consumes a lot of green chilli due to its post digestion cooling properties. It may seem counter-intuitive but this hot and piquant ingredient works wonders during summers to lower your body temperature!
Green chiles are consumed in a variety of ways all across the country. Some prefer grinding it to make chutneys, some prefer it sautéed and diced, and still others relish eating it raw alongside their food. It is also used as a garnishing agent in various dishes.
Did you know that only mammals are sensitive to different kinds of chiles? The rest of the animal kingdom does not feel the same spice and burning effects of capsaicin, the active component of chilli peppers. That’s why birds help in the spreading of chilli seeds. Next time you see a parrot eating a green chilli – you’ll know he is faking it!
Green chiles are not only an effective cooling agent, but also rich in antioxidants. Moreover, they are very good for health as they have zero calories, act as a pain-relieving agent, and help cardiovascular efficiency. Components like beta-carotene and Vitamin C make them essential for the eye and skin health.
Recipes Using Green Chillies
Mirchi ke Gatte (Takore) – This is a very popular condiment in North India. All you need to do is sauté some cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Add some turmeric powder and asafoetida. Add diced green chiles and some more spices according to your taste: mango powder, salt, sauth, etc.
Besan Mirchi – This is a traditional dish in many Rajasthani households. First, bake some besan or gram flour in a kadhai. Add some turmeric powder, red chilli powder, and salt. Let the dry mixture cool for some time, and add some oil and curd to make dough. You can also add lemon. Now take large green chillies, make a straight cut, and fill them with the dough. Sauté these chillies with spices and enjoy.
These green chiles could seriously help you improve your health, have them fresh in a Vaya Tyffyn to spice up your life!