It is a real delight when one can lay one’s hands on fresh lentils. The curry is more flavourful than the version of it’s dried one. Today I have posted a traditional Konkani preparation using fresh Rajma/Kidney Beans which is seaaoned with garlic and where Chinese potato is used to enhance the taste of the Bendhi.
250 gms fresh Rajma (shelled)
25 tiny Kooka/ Chinese potato
Half of a coconut grated
6 roasted Byadgi chillies
4 roasted Guntur chillies
1 tsp Tamarind paste
2 tbsps of Coconut oil or oil of choice
15 garlic cloves gently crushed
Soak the fresh Rajma overnight. Pressure cook with salt to one whistle, lower heat and cook for five minutes. Keep aside. Wash the Chinese potato well. Pressure cook it for three whistles. Switch off. Allow to cool. Deskin the potatoes. Grind together the grated coconut, roasted red chillies and tamarind to a smooth paste. Tip the cooked Rajma, the Chinese potatoes and the masala into a vessel. Add water as required to make a gravy of pouring consistency. Boil well. Adjust salt. Heat oil in a pan. Drop in the crushed garlic and roast to a rich brown. Drop it into the boiling Bendhi. Boil for a couple of minutes, switch off, cover and allow to stand for fifteen minutes for the flavours to infuse before serving. Goes well with both Rice and Rotis.
Saung is a spicy preparation and can be made from a variety of vegetables. Today I decided to make one from the Chinese potatoes which are in season. Goes well with Dal, Rice, Roti or even with Curd rice.
Ingredients : 500 gms Chinese potato 5 large onions sliced 5 tsps chilly powder 3 tomatoes chopped fine 1 tbsp tamarind paste Salt 5 tbsps Coconut oil
Pressure cook the Chinese potato to two whistles. Drain and peel them. Heat the coconut oil in a pan. Add the sliced onions and roast them on a high flame till half are browned and the other half translucent. Add the chilly powder , toss and drop in the tomatoes. Saute for a couple of minutes. Drop in the Cooked Chinese potatoes, salt, tamarind paste and 750 ml or 3 glasses of water. After the Saung starts boiling, lower flame and simmer for ten minutes till the Saung acquires a semi solid consistency. Switch off and keep aside for about fifteen minutes for the flavours to infuse.
This is one vegetable that I can never have enough of! I like it cooked, roasted, fried, baked or even just steamed with some salt and pepper. Posting a very simple yet delicious Stir fry which the Konkani community calls as Upkari. Goes well with both rice or Roti.
250 gms Pumpkin
2 green chillies chopped fine
2 tbsps Coconut Oil
1 tsp mustard
3 tbsps sugar/ jaggery as required
A pinch of Hing/ Asafoetida
Deskin the pumpkin. Sometimes I leave the skin on too. The choice is yours. Slice it thinly and wash well under running water. Heat oil in a pan. Drop in the mustard seeds and after they crackle add the green chilly bits and the Hing. Toss, drop in the sliced pumpkin, sugar, salt and mix well. Sprinkle with water, cover and cook for a couple of minutes. It’s done. This is one preparation which gets ready in no time, so be careful not to over cook the vegetable.
This is a lip smacking dish that I learnt from my friend Purnima Trikannad Udyavar. It goes well as a side dish with Dal and rice or with Chapati too. It’s a mix of tangy, sweet and spice and is extremely flavourful!
3 green capsicums/ Bell peppers
1/2 cup peanuts
1 tbsp Chana dal/ Bengal Gram Dal
1 tsp Coriander Seeds
1/4th tsp Fenugreek seeds
2 tbsps Sesame seeds
5 Dry Red chillies
3 tbsps grated coconut
2 tbsps oil
2 tbsps Tamarind paste
5 tbsps jaggery syrup
A large pinch of Hing/ Asafoetida
A large pinch of Haldi/ Turmeric powder
1 tsp mustard seeds.
Chop the Bell pepper into bite sized pieces. Pressure cook the peanuts with a little salt till done. Keep aside.
Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan. Roast the Chana Dal, Coriander seeds, Methi and Sesame seeds in that order to a golden brown. Roast the red chillies separately in a drop of oil. Allow to cool. Grind this mixture with the grated coconut to a smooth paste. Keep aside.
Heat the remaining 1 tbsp oil in a pan. Drop in the mustard and after it crackles add the Hing. Toss. Add the chopped Bell pepper and saute for a few minutes. Add salt and Haldi. Toss.
Add the boiled peanuts to it and cover and cook for a few minutes. Drop in the ground paste, tamarind paste and the jaggery syrup. Mix thoroughly. Add half a glass of water, cover and cook till done.
This is the fourth variety of Sanna khotto that I am posting today. This is a traditional Konkani recipe which is prepared during the month of Shravan or during Navratri when onion and Garlic are generally avoided. A dumpling where Asafoetida is the ingredient which adds to the flavour.
125 gms Rice
125 gms Split Pigeon peas/ Toor Dal
1 Coconut grated
25 roasted Byadgi chillies
A kidney beans sized piece of Hing/ Asafoetida
1 heaped tsp tamarind paste
Wash and soak the rice and split pigeon peas for four hours. Drain and keep aside. Grind the coconut, roasted red chillies, Hing and tamarind to a smooth paste. Add the rice and split Pigeon peas and grind to a semolina like consistency. Do not make a smooth batter. It’s the coarseness which adds to the texture of the Sanna khotto. Add salt and mix thoroughly.
Heat water in a pan or in the Idli Cooker. Place the stand over it. Keep the water boiling. Grease the katoris ( small bowls) with coconut oil. Pour in the prepared batter and place them on the stand. Cover and steam till done. The process takes about fifteen minutes. To check whether the Sanna khotto is ready, insert a knife in it. It should come out clean. Remove from flame and keep aside to cool. Unmould and serve drizzled with oil. Goes well with Dal and Rice.
This is a traditional but long forgotten Poha/Flattened Rice Recipe made with crushed Red chilly Papad. The Konkani community call it Happla Poha Chutney and it is usually served as an evening snack.
Half a coconut grated
2 large onions chopped fine
4 green chillies minced
Thin variety of Poha
10 fried Red chilly papads
Crush the green chillies with salt. Add it to the chopped onion and grated coconut. Coconut masala is now ready. Deep fry the chilly papad and crush them coarsely. Take a portion of the coconut Masala. Add the crushed happolu/red chilly Papad and mix it with required amount of Poha. Drizzle with coconut oil. Serve immediately.
Idli batter steamed in Jackfruit leaves is called Khotto and the same when steamed in Screw Pine leaves is called Moodo. A delicacy savoured by the Konkani community of Mangalore, India, it is served with a Chutney or with any spicy coconut curry. The screw pine leaves are woven into a cylinder like holder with the help of coconut fiber and Idli batter is steamed in it. The leaves impart a distinct aroma to the dish. The Moodo after it is steamed is allowed to cool for a few minutes. It is then unmoulded by gently removing the topmost coconut fiber which holds the cylinder in place. The leaf can then be just rolled down. The steamed Moodo looks like a log and is sliced into desired size before serving. The recipe link to the Idli batter and also the Chutney is given below.
Most communities in India make a Buttermilk Kadhi. The taste, flavour and so also the ingredients differ from region to region. Posting a Buttermilk Kadhi the traditional Konkani way.
300 ml thick curd
400 ml water
3 tbsps Besan/Chickpea flour
15 garlic cloves crushed gently
A pinch of Haldi /Turmeric
3 tbsps Ghee/clarified butter
3 dry red chillies broken into bits
Churn the Curd well. Add the water and Besan and whisk thoroughly, so that there are no lumps left. Boil this mixture on a gentle flame. Drop in the salt and Haldi. Mix thoroughly. Heat the Ghee in a pan. Tip in the garlic cloves and roast to a rich, golden brown. Add the broken red chilly bits. Toss and drop the seasoning into the boiling Kadhi. Allow to simmer for a couple of minutes to allow the flavours to infuse. Serve hot over rice or khichdi.
This fragrant Sukkein goes well with almost everything. You can serve it with Rice, Roti, Bread and even with Dosa. In fact I can make a meal of it with plain hot rice.
One medium sized bunch Methi leaves.
2 large onions chopped fine
1 large potato chopped fine
1/2 of a small coconut grated
2 tbsps Coriander seeds
1 tsp coconut oil
12 Roasted Byadgi chillies
1tbsp Tamarind paste
2 large fistfuls Dal/Split Pigeon peas pressured cooked and churned
2 tbsps Coconut oil or oil of choice.
1 tsp Mustard
Clean the Methi leaves and wash them well under running water. Chop them roughly and keep aside. Heat oil in a pan. Add the mustard and after it splutters add the onions and potatoes. Add salt and roast till the onions are translucent. Drop in the Methi leaves and roast on a gentle flame till they wilt and change colour. Roast the coriander seeds in a tsp of oil to a golden brown. Grind them along with the Coconut, roasted red chillies and tamarind to a semi coarse paste with as much water as required to run the mixer. Pour this ground paste into the cooked Methi, Onion and potato mixture. Drop in the cooked Dal too. Boil thoroughly till it reaches a semi solid consistency. Serve hot.
This is yet another variety of Saung that is popular with the Konkani community of Mangalore. One can use either tamarind paste or tomatoes to add sourness to the dish. I personally prefer using tomatoes to the variety of Saung made, as it adds texture to the gravy. The only Saung that I make use of Tamarind paste is while making the Potato and Onion Saung. Saung goes well with both Chapati and Rice.
250 gms of shelled peas
3 large onions
2 heaped tbsps Coriander powder
1 tbsp Kashmiri Chilly powder
5 tbsps coconut oil
Deskin and wash the potatoes. Chop them into tiny cubes. Chop onions and tomatoes fine. Keep aside. Pressure cook the peas and potatoes with a little salt in two glasses (500ml) of water with a little salt to one whistle. Allow the cooker to cool down completely before opening it. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan. Add the chopped onions and roast on a high flame till half of them turn dark brown and the other half remain translucent. Drop in the Coriander and chilly powders. Toss for a couple of seconds and immediately add the tomatoes and salt. Roast for a couple of minutes till the tomatoes wilt. Add the cooked pea and Potato mixture, a glass of water if required and simmer gently, stirring often till the tomatoes are cooked. Cover and keep aside for half an hour for the flavours to infuse before serving.