This is a traditional Goan recipe where Drumstick which is also called Maska saang is gently simmered in Coconut milk. Goes well with Rice, Roti or even with Rice Bhakri.
2 large onions finely chopped
2 large tomatoes boiled and pureed
1 inch piece ginger grated
3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
1 tsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp Cumin powder
1 tsp Chilly powder
1/4 tsp Garam masala
A large pinch of Turmeric powder
2 tbsps oil
300 ml Coconut milk
String the Drumstick and cut into two inch size pieces. Boil it with salt in half a litre of water till done, but firm to touch. Drain the water and keep it aside. Heat oil in a pan. Drop in the chopped onions, garlic and ginger and sauté till the onions are translucent. Add the turmeric, Chilly, Coriander, Cumin and Garam masala powders and toss for a minute. Drop in the chopped tomatoes and roast till mushy. Tip in the water in which the drumsticks were boiled. Adjust salt and boil well. Add the cooked drumstick and the coconut milk. Simmer for a couple of minutes. Serve hot.
Panak as it is called down South and Panna as in the North of India, this delicious Raw Mango beverage can be made using either Jaggery or Sugar. I prefer the Jaggery version as it is much healthier.
3 large raw mangoes ( around 750gms)
1/2 kg Jaggery
18 Cardamoms powdered
A large pinch of Kesar/Saffron
2 tsps Pepper powder.
Chop the Raw Mangoes into large chunks and pressure cook them with the skin on. Puree them and extract the pulp using water two to three times, till all the pulp has been strained and only the peel is left behind. Check for sourness. Add the jaggery mentioned above or more if required and boil it well. When the jaggery has dissolved add Pepper and Cardamom powder and the Saffron crushed into it. Boil for a minute and switch off. Allow to cool and refrigerate.
Panak is a beverage prepared on the ocassion of Ramanavami or the birthday of Lord Rama. It is served along with Green gram/Moong Dal Kosambari all over the South of India. Panak can be stored in the fridge for a fortnight. I usually make a large batch as the family loves it!
2. 5 Litres water
1/2 kg jaggery
2 heaped tsps dry ginger powder
2 heaped tsps freshly crushed pepper powder
18 Cardamoms powdered
Juice of 3 lemons.
Add the jaggery, dry ginger powder and the pepper powder to water and boil till the jaggery dissolves. Switch off and add the Cardamom powder. Keep aside covered tightly for the flavours to infuse. Allow to cool. Refrigerate. Add the juice of lemon, mix well and serve chilled.
Star Fruit is seasonal, and a variety of dishes ranging from chutneys, pickles and curries are made from it. Posting a sweet, tangy and spicy curry today. This is a traditional Konkani recipe known as Karmbala Upkari.
6 Star fruits sliced
200 gms jaggery
7 green chillies
2 tbsps Coconut oil or oil of choice
1 tsp mustard
1 tsp Urad Dal/Split Black Gram
1 dry red chilly
A sprig of curry leaves
1 tbsp rice flour or corn starch
Disslove the jaggery in a litre of water. Bring it to a boil. Drop in the sliced Star Fruit, green chillies and salt. Cook till done. Disslove the rice flour or corn starch in a little water to make a paste free from lumps. Pour it into the boiling curry. Heat oil in a pan. Drop in the mustard and after it splutters add the Urad Dal. After it turns golden brown drop in the red chilly bits. Toss. Add the curry leaves. Tip in the seasoning into the Curry. Allow to simmer for a couple of minutes.
The Papaya Tree in our garden laden with huge Papayas, is one of the fondest of childhood memories. There were so many left over even after distributing it to relatives, friends and neighbours. My mother used to make this delicious Halva with the over ripe ones.
1 kg papaya which is a little over ripe
Sugar depending on the sweetness required
A fistful of cashews roasted in ghee
2 tbsps ghee/clarified butter
2 tsps Cardamom powder
Deskin the Papaya and cut it into chunks. Chop the tomatoes too. Puree both together in the mixer. Tip it into a pan. Add sugar as required and keep stirring it on a medium flame till it starts leaving the sides of the vessel. Add ghee and keep roasting till it thickens and forms a mass. Remove from flame. Garnish with roasted Cashews.
A variety of Pickles can be made with the Tree Sorrel or Bimbul/Bimbla/ Bilimbi as it is called in the various parts of coastal Karnataka in India. I have already posted one where the ingredients are not roasted, but ground to a smooth paste as is. Today posting a pickle where the spices used are first roasted and then ground to a fine powder. The name is a little misleading though, as the Tree Sorrel is not roasted. This pickle goes well with Rice, Roti, Dosa and Idli.
1/2 kg Tree Sorrel
150 gms Guntur chillies
150 gms Byadgi chillies
Marble sized piece of Hing/asafoetida
100 gms mustard
1 tbsp methi seeds
150 gms salt
Wash and pat dry the Tree Sorrel thoroughly. Add the salt and mix well. Keep mixing for a couple of days. By then the Tree Sorrel would have changed colour and oozes out water. Roast the chillies with a little oil. Dry roast the methi to a rich brown. Dry roast the mustard till it splutters. Dry roast Hing till it gives it’s aroma. Powder the ingredients together. Tip it into the Tree Sorrel, mix thoroughly and store in a glass bottle or ceramic jar. Takes about a month to mature.
Tender, tiny Ivygourd can be pickled or brined. Decided to make a pickle which goes well with Rice, Dosa, Idli and for the adventurous can also be used as a spread on bread! Well… That rhymes well doesn’t it?
1/2 kg tender Ivy gourd
Juice of 12 lemons
200 gms Everest Kashmiri Lal Chilly powder
100 gms mustard
2 tbsps Turmeric powder
150 gms salt
A marble sized piece of Hing /Asafoetida
Boiled and cooled water.
Wash and pat dry the Ivygourd thoroughly. Put them in a bottle along with the lime juice and salt. Shake the bottle to spread the salt evenly. Cap it and keep shaking the bottle twice a day for two days. You will notice that the Ivygourd releases water. Boila litre of water and allow to cool thoroughly. With half a litre of water grind the chilly powder, mustard, Turmeric and Asafoetida to a smooth paste. Add more water if required while grinding. Drop this ground paste into the bottle. Mix well. The Masala should be of pouring consistency. If it is thick, thin it down with the remaining water. Cap the bottle and allow the Pickle to mature for a fortnight. Stays good for a year.