Sunday, 28 April 2013

Techa (Spicy Pounded Mixture of Garlic,Green Chili and Groundnuts)

Techa basically means pounded to coarseness. In Maharashtra a spicy very hot mixture is prepared from garlic, green chili and groundnut by pounding them together, thus it has got the name Techa. Now a days since pounding equipment like mortar and pestle have become rarity in Indian households thus grinder / mixer is used for making the coarse paste of Techa. Techa is eaten along with Jowar roti and Pithala (Thick broth of black gram flour). Even though it is very spicy and hot yet it is quite healthy as it contains garlic, green chili and groundnut. It can be stored for 7-10 days outside the fridge, but believe me it will be polished off before that time.

Preparation Time: 15 min
Cooking Time: 10 min
Servings: 10 very small helpings

Ingredients Required For Making Techa:
  • 50 gm. Garlic
Peeled Garlic
  • 50 gm. Green chili
Green Chilies
  • 50 gm. Groundnut
  • 0.5 ml. Oil
  • Salt to taste
Directions For Making Techa:
  • Peel and cut the garlic.
Garlic peeled and cut to pieces
  • Wash, dry and cut green chilies.
  • Roast the groundnuts.
Roasted Groundnuts
  • Remove the peel of groundnut.
Roasted and cleaned Groundnuts
  • Heat 1/2ml. oil in a thick wok and when oil is hot put green chili pieces and garlic pieces in it and cook for 4-5 min. with continuous stirring.
Garlic and Green Chili pieces being cooked in 0.5 ml. Oil
  • The green chilies will change the color and garlic will start getting brown color.
  • Add a teaspoon of salt and mix.
  • Remove from heat and allow to them cool. 
Cooked Green chilies and Garlic
  • Take cooked garlic-green chili mixture and roasted groundnuts in a grinder/ mixer and make a coarse paste without adding water.
  • If you have grinding stone / pastel then pound the mixture to thick coarse paste. Techa made by pounding on a grinding stone / pastel  tastes authentic, but most of us make it in mixer / grinder now a days.
  • Green chilies and garlic can be cooked without cutting also.
  • Water should not be added at any stage of cooking.
Suggested Variations:
  • The amount of green chilies can be increased according to your liking as well as the hotness of chilies.
  • Roasted sesame seeds can be added to the Techa after the Techa mixture has been pounded / ground to coarse paste.


  1. Really like this.. Am going to make it soon now!

  2. Thanks for sharing such a informative post with us, keep sharing your thought

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