top of page
  • Writer's pictureSheetal Jandial

Thecha (green chilli & garlic chutney)

Updated: Aug 1

thecha recipe, kharda recipe, spicy condiment, indian recipe blog, indian condiment, rustic green chilli garlic paste, whiskmixstir food blog, sheetal jandial

Thecha: a rustic Maharashtrian “chutney”; super versatile and can be added to anything from bhel to mutton or chicken curry to bagara baingan to kothimbir vadi dough for an extra kick of flavour... thecha makes a flavourful accompaniment to the simple Maharashtrian breakfast Thalipeeth, or just as a condiment to fire up up a basic dal chawal.

Psst... I eat thecha with potato chips even! *ahem*

A couple of other Indian condiments that easily double up as chip dip:

Burani Raita

Mint (pudina) Chutney

Tomato Chutney

Connect with me on social media for (errrmmmm) not-so-regular updates! Yes, I’m not going to be on your screen all day every day!

WhiskMixStir on Instagram

WhiskMixStir on Facebook

WhiskMixStir on Pinterest

thecha recipe, spicy condiment, indian condiment, indian chili chutney, indian recipe blog, thecha ingredients, whiskmixstir food blog, sheetal jandial
thecha ingredients: fresh green chillies, ginger, garlic

Makes: 1 cup of thecha

Time taken: 5 - 7 minutes

Ingredients to make Thecha

1 cup green chillies – halved

4 – 5 cloves of garlic – bruised with a knife or the back of your palm

1 inch piece of ginger – coarsely chopped

1 tbsp cooking oil

2 tsp lemon juice (optional, to reduce the heat from the chillies)

Salt to taste

Note: the traditional recipe of thecha is a mix of fried fresh green chillies and garlic, though I like to add a little piece of ginger for added flavour. You could play with ingredients here, add curry leaves for extra crunch or use a mix of dried red chillies and fresh green chillies. Add a tadka of mustard seeds. You get the drift... experiment with your recipe of thecha!

Method of making Thecha

Lightly heat cooking oil in a pan. Add green chillies and sauté for a couple of minutes till they wilt slightly. Add garlic, ginger and salt - sauté for another minute.

Allow this mix to cool a little and pound to a coarse texture using a mortar & pestle, as has been traditionally done. You could use an electric grinder, though, I always notice a slight difference in the flavours of thecha between the two methods. Also, evidently, the textures are different - hand pounded thecha is chunkier in texture.

thecha recipe, kharda recipe, spicy condiment, indian condiment, indian recipe blog, rustic thecha texture, chilli chutney, traditional indian recipe, whiskmixstir food blog, sheetal jandial
texture of thecha when hand pounded instead of grinding in a mixer/blender

You could add a couple of teaspoons of lemon juice to reduce the heat from the green chillies. Pound a handful of roasted peanuts with the above recipe of Thecha to add texture and again, reduce the heat from the chillies.

Even though I prefer to make Thecha in smaller fresh batches for maximum flavour, it can be stored refrigerated in an airtight container for 7 – 10 days. Top with a little cooking oil to maintain freshness.

thecha, kharda, spicy condiment thecha in use, indian recipe blog, bhel, traditional indian recipe, serving suggestion, chilli chutney, chilli paste, whiskmixstir food blog, sheetal jandial
thecha added to bhel... spicayyy

thalipeeth and thecha, maharashtrian food recipe, green chilli chutney recipe, thecha recipe, traditional indian food recipe blog whiskmixstir, sheetal jandial
simple breakfast or mid meal: thalipeeth with thecha and onion

Do take a look at the other condiments / recipes and simple Indian meal ideas.

Feel free to share WhiskMixStir recipe links / Indian food recipe blog with your family & friends! Remember to give credit where its due :) Pls do not publish my content, recipes and / or photos as your own.

#thecha #greenchillies #chillichutney #chillipaste #condiments #spicycondiment #whiskmixstir #recipe #rustic #dip #foodblog #traditionalrecipe #streetfood #rusticfood #foodrecipeblog #snacks #traditionalindianrecipe #indiancondiments #maharashtrianfoodrecipe #indianstreetfood #chutney #thalipeeth #thalipeethrecipe #kothimbirvadi #quickmeals #indianrecipes #indianmealideas #indianmeal #recipeblog #batatavada #vadapav #indianrecipeblog #indianfoodblog #thecharecipe #kharda #khardarecipe #garlicgreenchillichutneyrecipe #garlicgreenchillichutney #indiancookingblog #quickindianrecipes #indianveganrecipe #veganmealideas #indianveganrecipe #veganrecipes #vegetarianmealideas #vegetarianrecipes #vegancondiments #vegetariancondiments

723 views0 comments

Related Posts

See All
bottom of page