Thecha - Maharashtrian chilly garlic relish

Thecha is a spicy condiment prepared with garlic and chillies . It is either prepared with red or green chillies and is a speciality of Maharashtra .

The prime ingredients of a Thecha are garlic and chillies , but it varies from state to state . The spices too vary with the state .

Today’s Thecha is a purely Maharashtrian version and made with just two ingredients, yes the primary ingredients chillies and garlic. A Thecha should ideally be hand pounded . A mortar and pestle works perfect , even grinding it on a stone gives it a super texture and flavour . Some people even use a mixer grinder , pulse it for just a few seconds , in short bursts . The taste of the hand pounded is the best and I would highly recommend this method . Add salt while pounding , it leaves moisture and blends well with both chilly and garlic juices .

The Thecha can be enjoyed with any cuisine , any meal . It adds on to the flavours of the meal . To be truthful I sometimes eat it with just a nice Sindhi Fulko , I use it as a spread and then fold the Fulko into a quarter and gobble it down ! But this Thecha was made for the Maharashtrian Thali where Dapate was the highlight as we were doing a Flatbread Marathon .

Thecha is my Day 1 post under the theme Condiments of your Choice.

Thecha - Maharashtrian chilly garlic relish

Thecha

Ingredients

8-10 cloves garlic
5-6 green chillies
Salt to taste

Method

Using a mortar and pestle grind garlic , green chillies to a coarse paste.
Add salt while grinding , this will ooze out water and make it easy to pound.
Serve fresh .

Thecha - Maharashtrian chilly garlic relish

And here are some of my favorite Maharashtrian Dishes –

Maharashtrian Poori

Tandalachi Kheer

Shengdanayachi Chutney

Chawal ki Baakhri

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Thecha
Thecha is a spicy condiment prepared with garlic and chillies . It is either prepared with red or green chillies and is a speciality of Maharashtra .
Cuisine Indian Cuisine
Prep Time 05 Minutes
Cook Time 00 Minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Cuisine Indian Cuisine
Prep Time 05 Minutes
Cook Time 00 Minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Using a mortar and pestle grind garlic , green chillies to a coarse paste.
  2. Add salt while grinding , this will ooze out water and make it easy to pound.
  3. Serve fresh .
Recipe Notes

Thecha - Maharashtrian chilly garlic relish

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8 thoughts on “Thecha – Maharashtrian chilly garlic relish”

  1. This is one of our favourite chutney’s and a must when I cook some rice or jowar bhakri. You are right hand pounded ones have the best taste. Beautiful pics.

  2. Chitz is right, thecha reminded me of a fiery spicy chutney made in Kerala. I love these chutneys that pack a lot of flavor even in the tiniest scoop.

  3. A flavourful accompaniment with everyday meals for those who love extra spice in their food. I love the the thali pic with dapate looking so inviting

  4. I made this few years ago soon after Chennai meet from the booklet Pradnya gave us. This is versatile condiment that goes with lot of food.

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