Tuesday 15 March 2016

Kolhapuri Thecha (Lal Mirch Thecha) -Maharastrian Cuisine

Kolhapuri  Thecha is a traditional dish from Maharashtra. The word Thecha translates to crushing .It requires less time for the preparation due to its simple and rustic method. Thecha is one such super-spicy dish that you’d often come across in rural Maharashtra.It still relishes this condiment in lunch as well as dinner.Traditional recipes call for the ingredients to be crushed / pounded in metal or stone pastels but modern day kitchens often rely on grinding in modern-day food processors. It is a spicy condiment prepared across the states of Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh
Let’s prepare chutney so hot and flavorful that would easily go with anything.Lets learn how to prepare Thecha with these simple steps. 

Prep time
Cook time
15 mins
5 mins
4 serves

Cuisine: Maharashtrian Cuisine
Recipe Type: Accompaniments

  • Spicy red chilli variety -1 cup
  • Garlic cloves – 1 no whole
  • Peanuts -1/4 cup
  • Lemon Juice -1 tbsp.
  • Groundnut Oil -3 tbsp.
  • Mustard seeds -1/2 tsp
  • Hing -1/2 tsp
  • Rock salt –to taste

1. Soak the red chilies in water for about 3 hours. Peel one whole garlic and keep aside.SautĂ© peanuts in the frying pan and remove the outer skin. 

2. In the blender,mix chilies, garlic cloves, peanuts and salt and ground to a coarsely texture.Mix the lemon juice to the paste. 

3. Heat groundnut oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and allow it to crackle. Add asafetida and pour it over the chilli coarse paste.
Adding the groundnut oil to the paste will reduce the fiery effect.
You can add 2 to 3 pinches of fenugreek powder to this spicy Thecha. It gives nice flavor and taste too.
Served With
Bhakri, Pithale, Roti or with rice. 

View and enjoy some more Maharastrain dishes from my fellow bloggers
Piyali’s –Matki-chi-usal and Zunka bhakar
Padma’s – Sabudhana vada and bhakar wadi
Shubha’s – thalipeth , Kulith pitheal ,piyush and metkut
Poornima’s –Barli vangi and Jowar ki roti
Swati’s – Green peas curry and Tomato rice
Anu’s – Shendanyachi amti and Varaicha bhat
Parvathy’s – Sol kadhi
Jaya’s – Kothimbir wadi and pav bhaji
Vanis -Batata  Vada


  1. very spicy and tempting colored chutney

  2. wonderful chutney.. delicious and spicy:)

  3. sure its my kind of chutney..lovely share

  4. Love the heat, the gorgeous colour and this taste uplifting chutney. The very sight of it on my dinning table, is sure to work up a voracious appetite. Lipsmacking good.

  5. I think we call it Ranjka, nice share..loved it Shobana

  6. wow such a fiery delicious dish. Can make any meal flavorsome . lovely share Shobana.

  7. This is a fiery hot chutney!! Yumm!!

  8. wow..loved the color and texture of this chutney..loved it

    1. Thank you friends for your valuable comments

  9. Loved the fiery red coloured chutney...Very flavourful!!

  10. Very spicy and flavourful . I love thecha so much , especially if it is served with bhakri and zunka delicious .


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