Wash the cut shutki pieces several times with hot water to get rid of the sand present. Fry the shutki pieces with turmeric and salt. You can either deep fry them or light if you want more of the \’aroma\’. I keep them medium. Next, give some dried red chilli \’phoran\’ in heated oil. Add chopped onion and fry them. Add some ginger and garlic pastes
in generous propotions. I put more of garlic as I like it that way. Add turmeric and red chilli powder and \’kashao\’ the masala. I add a lot of chilli powder as I love it hot. Then you add the shutki to it and mix well with the masala. I leave it on low heat for quite sometime. I found that shutki tastes best in mustard oil. However, if you are short of it cook in regular oil and pour a little mustard oil just to enhance the flavor. I hope you like it this way. Have fun.
– Kamalika Chaudhury