Ridgegourd, Onions and Potatoes in a Coconut gravy, seasoned with finely chopped onions and a hint of Fenugreek seeds are an authentic Konkani preparation called Ambat. Best eaten with Rice, one can also have it with Neer Dosa or dunk the crisp Rice Roti in it. Divine!
200 gms Ridgegourd, scraped and cut into cubes
1 large potato deskinned and sliced
2 medium onions sliced
1/2 of a medium sized coconut, grated
10 roasted Red chillies
1 tbsp Tamarind paste
2 tbsps Coconut oil
1 large onion finely chopped
10 seeds Methi/Fenugreek
Tip the cubed Ridgegourd, sliced potato and onions in a pan. Add two glasses of water and salt as required and cook till done. Grind together the grated coconut, roasted red chillies and tamarind to a smooth paste. Drop it into the cooked vegetables. Heat the oil in a pan. Drop in the Methi seeds, immediately followed by the finely chopped onions. Roast the onions to a rich brown. Tip in the seasoning into the boiling Ambat. Allow to simmer for a couple of minutes. Switch off, cover and keep aside for half an hour for the flavours to infuse before serving.
Sukkein literally means dry in Konkani. This is a dry preparation of Ridgegourd and Potato which goes well with Rice or Roti. Roasted Urad Dal/Split Blackadds to the flavour of this dish.
200 gms Potatoes
300gms Ridge gourd
1/2 of a small coconut
1 tbsp Urad dal/Split Black Gram
10 roasted Red chillies
1tbsp tamarind paste.
A small piece of jaggery( optional)
2 tbsps Coconut oil
1 tsp mustard
Deskin the potatoes, wash and cube them. Scrape the skin off the Ridgegourd and cube it too. Heat the coconut oil or any oil of your choice in a pan. Add a tsp of mustard and after it splutters add the chopped runner beans and ridge gourd. Add salt and enough water to cook it. Heat a tsp of oil and roast the Urad Dal to a rich golden brown. Grind together the coconut, roasted red chillies, urad dal and tamarind to a smooth paste. Add it to the cooked vegetables. Add some jaggery to taste. Mix thoroughly and simmer till the mixture becomes semi solid.
Sanna pollo is the Konkani version of a spicy Dosa which is served as an accompaniment to a meal of Rice and Dal. I have earlier posted the regular Sanna polo made using Rice and Toor Dal/Split Pigeon peas. Both Rice and Toor Dal need prior soaking. Today posting an instant version of it. Though one can use oil of choice to roast it, the real taste lies in roasting it with coconut oil.
1 cup cabbage grated
1 cup onion grated
3 tbsps grated coconut
1/2 tsp tamarind paste
2 tsps Chilly powder
4 tbsps Rice flour
Besan/Chickpea flour as required
Oil to roast
Mix the grated cabbage and onion. Add the salt and allow to stand for about ten minutes. The onion and cabbage mixture release water. Dry grind the coconut to a fine powder. Tip it into the onion cabbage mixture along with the chilly powder and tamarind paste. Mix well. Tip in the rice flour and keep adding Besan till you can make a dough which can be patted with your fingers on the tava/Skillet. Heat the Skillet. Take slightly larger than lemon sized balls of the dough and pat it onto the skillet. Drizzle with coconut oil. Roast to a golden brown. Flip. Roast on the other side too. Serve hot.
Medu Vada is a popular South Indian dish served with Sambhar and Chutney. Usually the Vada is dunked into the Sambhar to allow it to soak up all the Sambhar. My family likes it with only a Chutney so skipped making the Sambhar. Recipe Links to both the Sambhar and Chutney are given below.
Soak the urad dal for five hours. Drain and grind to a smooth thick batter without adding water in the wet grinder. Those of you using the mixer will need to sprinkle a little water to facilitate grinding. Tip into a bowl. Grind the ginger, green chillies and hing coarsely. Add it to the batter along with the coarsely ground pepper, slivers of coconut, salt and finely chopped curry leaves. Heat oil in a pan. Drop in tiny dumplings of the batter into the hot oil, and fry to a rich golden yellow. Remove, drain on a tissue and serve hot with coconut chutney.
Note: Always drop in a small dumpling of the batter to check the temperature of the oil. It should rise to the top immediately. If it doesn’t, wait for the oil to heat. Dumplings fried in underheated oil result in greasy Medu Vada.
As I mentioned earlier, Black eyed Beans are my favourite. Made a Koddel today. A Koddel is a traditional Konkani preparation wherein either lentils or vegetables in coconut gravy are seasoned with garlic. Though the garlic is usually crushed with the skin on, I prefer mine without the skin. Goes well with Rice or Chapati.
200 gms Black Eyed Beans
1/2 of a large coconut
12 roasted Byadgi chillies
1 heaped tsp Tamarind paste
25 cloves of Garlic crushed
2 tbsps Coconut oil or oil of choice
Wash and pressure cook the Black eyed Beans till done. Grind the coconut, roasted red chillies and tamarind to a smooth paste and pour it into the cooked Beans. Add salt and boil well. Heat oil in a pan. Add the garlic and roast to a rich brown. Tip it into the boiling Koddel. Simmer for a minute and then cover and keep aside for about half an hour for the flavours to infuse before serving.
This is the third variety of coconut chutney which goes well with Idli, Dosa, Uthappa or even with Upma. I always prefer to season the coconut chutney with coconut oil as it imparts its unique fragrance.
Half of a large coconut grated
5 green chillies
1/2 tsp Tamarind paste
3 tsps Coconut oil or oil of choice
1 tsp mustard
3 sprigs curry leaves
Chop the green chillies. Heat a tsp of oil in a pan and roast them for a few seconds. Grind the grated coconut, green chillies, Tamarind and salt to a smooth paste. Adjust consistency by adding enough water. Heat the remaining oil. Add the mustard and after it splutters add the curry leaves. Toss and drop the seasoning into the chutney. Mix and serve.
This is a simple and delicious Subzi which goes well with both, Rice or Roti. Here I have used Sambhar powder to spice it up. You may use spices of your choice or even a pinch of Garam masala to make it flavourful.
200 gms French Beans
2 medium sized potatoes
2 large onions
2 heaped tsps Sambhar powder
2 tbsps oil
1 tsp mustard
5 tbsps grated coconut
String the French Beans and wash thoroughly. Chop them fine. Chop the potatoes, onions and tomatoes fine too. Heat oil in a pan. Add the mustard and after it splutters add the onions. Roast till translucent. Add the French Beans and potatoes, the Sambhar Powder and salt. Mix well. Pour in 250 ml water, cover and cook till three fourth done. Add the tomatoes and cook till done. Garnish with grated coconut and serve hot.
Dhoddak is a close cousin if the Uthappa sans onions and spice. Idli batter is used to make it. A small pan called Kadhai is used to make the Dhoddak as each of it has to be seasoned individually with mustard seeds.
250 gms urad dal/Split Black Gram
600 gms rice
Wash and soak both rice and urad dal separately for 5 hours. Grind the urad dal in the grinder non stop for half an hour adding water at regular intervals. Grind the rice in the mixer to a rava like consistency.
Mix both the urad and rice batters, add salt and allow to ferment overnight or for 10 -12 hours. Alternatively you can use Idli batter too.
Heat a Kadhai. Drizzle a tsp of oil. Drop in a few mustard seeds and after they crackle pour a ladleful of the batter. Drizzle with oil on the sides. Cover and roast the Dhoddak to a golden brown. Flip. Roast on the other side too. Serve with coconut chutney.
The Masala Dosa is a popular dish all over India. Traditionally served at breakfast, many like to have it for lunch as well as it is not only filling, but is delicious as well. It can be served with a dollop of butter on top for those who love their Dosa with butter.
200gms Urad dal/Split Black Gram Dal
50gms Toor dal/Split Pigeon peas
600 gms Rice
1 tbsp Methi/Fenugreek seeds
2 tsps sugar
Wash the the rice, urad dal and toor dal and soak them in enough water together for 5 hours Soak the methi seeds separately. Grind everything together to a smooth batter non stop in the wet grinder for half an hour adding water little at a time to fluff up the batter. Remove, add salt and allow to ferment for 10-12 hours. Add the sugar and mix well.
6 potatoes pressure cooked, peeled and chopped
4 large onions sliced
12 green chillies chopped fine
3 inch piece of ginger grated
1tsp Tamarind paste
4 tbsps oil
1 tsp mustard
1tsp Urad Dal /Black gram Dal
Heat the oil in a pan. Add a tsp of mustard and after it splutters add a spoon of urad dal. After it turns golden brown add the sliced onions, salt, ginger and green chillies. Roast till the onions are transparent. Add a pinch of haldi and toss. Add the chopped potatoes, Tamarind paste, sprinkle a little water and heat well.
Powder the Daalia and then add the rest of the above mentioned ingredients. Grind to a smooth paste with water to a Chutney like consistency. This chutney is not seasoned.
To make the Masala Dosa.
Heat a tava/Skillet. Pour a ladleful of the batter and spread in concentric circles to make a Dosa eight inches in diameter. Drizzle a tsp of oil or Ghee/clarified butter and allow to roast to a golden brown. Tip in a few tsps of Bhaji onto the Dosa, fold and remove . Serve hot with Chutney.