Puli Milagai is a classic spicy tangy tamrind and green chillies sauce made with few ingredients but with amazing taste that will bring incredible appetite to the tasteless tongue especially after you have recovered from a illness and been living on bland foods, this is called for to get your appetite on a fast track, but go easy as it has some green chillies so be advised !
10 -15 small green chillies, washed and patted dried, and chopped finely
1tsp mustard seeds
Pinch of asafoetida powder
1 lime size tamrind ball soaked in warm water to extract 1 1/2cups of tamrind water or use tamrind paste.
2 tbsp sesame oil
Pinch of turmeric powder
Pinch of jaggery powder ( optional )
In a pan add some oil, let the mustard seeds pop .
Add the chopped green chillies, keeping flame of gas on a low, and sautee lightly.
Add the tamarind water extracted into the pan carefully, add the turmeric powder, salt and asafoetida powder,
Let the mixture cook on a very low flame till almost thickened, Add remaining oil, and cook till thickened ,
Remove and let cool before storing,
Will remain good for 15 days and more in fridge,
This makes an excellent dish for idlis, dosas,curd rice specially.
This a great dip to make in a hurry if you have no pickles on hand or need a good spicy sauce within minutes,
This can be prepared easily under 10 minutes in the microwave too.