Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Jackfruit seed curry/ Halasina beejada korma

Jackfruit is a super food in many ways. It is big, rich in nutrients, many parts can be used in cooking and it can be consumed in different phases of maturity starting from tender jackfruit till ripe & unripe mature jackfruit in sweet and savory dishes. It is best fruit that can help a country like India achieve food security dreams. When I write about jackfruit, its seed includes too. Jackfruit seed is one of best protein rich food articles which is underrated. This can be used in varieties of delicious dishes wither sweet or savory again.


Check the recipe of jackfruit seed milkshake, jackfruitseed kheer, jackfruit seed kulfi, jackfruit seed halwa/ burfi

As it is jackfruit season I am sharing another recipe of jackfruit seed gravy or curry which goes well with Indian breads like chapathi, parata or even with poori.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Jackfruit seeds – 1 cup

Tomato – 1

Onions – 1 (small)

Garlic – 6 cloves

Coriander leaves – few sprigs (to garnish)

Salt – to tatse

Jaggery – 1 tsp

Dry red chillis (byadagi) – 2, adjust to taste

Coriander seeds – 1 tsp

Oil – 2 tsp

Mustard – 1 tsp

Grated coconut – 4 tbsp


Method:

  • Peel the outer plastic like skin of jackfruit seeds completely and discard that skin. The brown cover can be retained.
  • Wash them with running water when seeds are clean without any skin left.
  • Cut the seeds into half or little smaller pieces.
  • Cook washed and cut jackfruit seeds in a pressure cooker with sufficient water (about 3 cups) and salt.
  • Chop tomatoes roughly, peel and chop onions too.
  • Take a frying/ tadka pan, roast coriander seeds & red chillis for a while.
  • Take spices, tomatoes, onions, garlics & grated coconut in a mixer jar and grind to smooth paste.
  • Now heat a wok/ kadai. Add oil & mustard.
  • On spluttering, add curry leaves. 
  • Add ground paste and fry until raw smell goes off.
  • Add cooked jackfruit seeds. Add jaggery, turmeric powder.
  • Mix and boil the curry well.
  • Transfer to the serving bowl garnish with chopped fresh coriander.
  • Serve with chapathi/ pooris.

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Elephant foot flower chutney/ Yam flower gojju

Hello dear reader!

I guess you are reading the post title for the second time if you are familiar with the plant of elephant foot/ yam or suvarna gadde (kannada). Definitely you will do so if you have come across its stinky flower. Yes, to confirm it is chutney with yam flower, not tuber.  

Elephant foot flower chutney


It was about 3 years back, when I just started my blogging journey. My relative Sahana who shared interesting traditional dishes and few interesting ingredients like this to me already, her interests matches that of me. It helped me in my research on food articles. Thank you very much Sahanakka for sharing your knowledge with me. When I met her one day, she mentioned about this flower of Amorphophallus paeoniifolius/ elephant foot. I was surprised to know that this flower is edible as we only knew so far about the worst scent it releases when it blooms. When I double checked, she also stressed about its harvest before it blooms into stinky flower. So it must be used when in the form of bud. These flowers are found just before monsoon sets in if you have planted yam.

It remained in my mind after I heard it for the first time and I could not get hold of at least one flower till this year. Meanwhile, there was a discussion going on in a whats app vegetable group in which I am a participant.  Last week (mid May), I spotted one flower bud sprouted above the ground in my garden from the recently planted yam seed. 

I could not wait more to try my hand in cooking of this flower, immediately shared my thought of using it in my kitchen to hubby. He was skeptical about 2 points one is smell & another is the itchiness. Yes, as the yam tuber, there is a possibility of any part of this plant such as stem and flower may itch on eating. This reaction is due to its high content of calcium oxalate. I searched a bit in google about it and understood that this exotic flower is very famous in Goan cuisines.  Sunnachi as it is called in Goa and they make delicious curry out of it. So I had no second thought  to pluck the yam bud thinking it may bloom anytime and made this chutney. It is too tasty with the smell resembling that of mushroom (especially shiitake) while cooking. I used little more tamarind in-order to avoid any itchiness. This chutney goes great with rice and ghee/ or with curd rice too.

To explain about edible parts of this flower,

There are 3 layers visible in this flower - top purplish bulb like structure, below that a structure looks like mini corn cob and another layer covered with tiny flowers. All these are covered by an external leafy part. All these parts are edible and can be used in the dish.

 


Let’s check the recipe now!

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

Yam flower bud/ Suvarna gadde hoovina moggu – 1

Freshly grated coconut – ¼ cup

Tamarind – 1 tsp

Salt - 1-1.5 tsp, adjust to taste

Onions – 1 (small)

Garlic cloves – 3-4

Red chillis – 2

Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp

Sambhar powder/ gojju powder – ½ tsp, you can add your choice of masala

Coconut oil – 3 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

 

Method:

  • Cut yam flower bud found above soil. Chop off the stalk portion. Other than stalk, every part found about soil can be used in cooking.
  • Wash clean holding under running water. Watch carefully as there may be bugs found as this flower attracts many of them, remove if found any.
  • Pat dry with a clean towel. Water content may trigger itchiness in hands while cutting this flower.
  • Carefully chop the flower into small chunks. Keep aside.
  • Peel garlics. Peel and chop onions finely.
  • Now heat a thick bottomed pan/ kadai. Add 2 tsp oil.
  • Add cloves of garlic and chopped onions.
  • Fry until onions turn translucent.
  • Add chopped yam flower, turmeric powder and tamarind.  Add sambhar/ gojju powder or choice of masala. Sauté for a couple of minutes.
  • Add salt, sprinkle little water and cook the flowers covered until they turn soft.
  • Switch off the stove when it is done. Allow cooling.
  • When it is cooled, take it in a mixer jar. Add grated coconut and grind to make smooth chutney.
  • Transfer to the serving bowl.
  • Prepare a seasoning of mustard seeds and curry leaves in coconut oil. On spluttering, add it to the chutney
  • Serve chutney with hot rice and ghee.
Yam flower gojju

Thursday, 13 May 2021

Pepper rasam/ Simple Karimenasu saaru

Pepper is king of spices. Yes, I guess there is nothing wrong in calling so. It has number of benefits if included in regular diet. It is a best recommended spice in treating various respiratory issues. Be it sore throat or runny nose, pepper is the first thing strikes to one’s mind. So there is no harm in adding it in our regular diet moderately at present scenario. While I state this, I suggest using it moderately as it may increase the body heat. According to Ayurveda, pepper is not only beneficial in cold and related issues. It is believed to be useful in weight reduction, intestinal health, relieving stress…

This wonderful spice is grown well in coastal Karnataka, malnadu.. . This spice can be used in varieties of dishes like salads, rice items, curries, pickles and many more. Or one can use it in the form of simple tea/ kashaya to get the most of benefits from it as home remedy. Today, I am sharing a recipe of quickest pepper rasam which can be served as soup or as side dish to the rice. My pick was this over the strong pepper kashaya during my school days when I used to catch cold quickly and more frequently. It is such a soothing drink to the throat and light on tummy. One can make it mild to strong as per liking.

Pepper rasam


Also check similar recipes of immunity boosting drinks such as

Golden milk

Coriander cumin tea/ kashaya

Indian masala tea

Khus/ vetiver water

Blue tea

Gooseberry/ nellikai rasam

Lemon rasam

Now, let us jump to the recipe of pepper rasam or menasu saaru.  This works best for new moms and takes its place in postnatal care.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Black pepper corns – 10-12

Water – 4 cups

Tamarind – small gooseberry sized/ 1 tsp pulp

Jaggery – lemon sized/ 2 tbsp powder

Salt – 1 tsp

Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp

Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)

Coconut oil – 1 tsp

Mustard – ½ tsp

Cumin seeds – ½ tsp

Garlic – 5-6 cloves

Dry red chilli - 1

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

 

Method:

  • Crush and powder black pepper corns.
  • Soak tamarind in little water and squeeze to get the pulp.
  • Take 4 cups of water in a vessel and add pepper powder.
  • Add tamarind, jaggery, salt, cumin powder and turmeric powder.
  • Boil everything well for 5-10 minutes.
  • Switch off the heat.
  • Prepare a seasoning of cumin, mustard, cut dry red chilli and peeled and crushed garlic in coconut oil. On spluttering, add curry leaves and switch off the heat.
  • Add the tadka/ seasoning to the rasam.
  • Serve this rasam hot as a drink or with rice.

Notes:

  • One can add few dry kokum rinds to the rasam. Reduce the tamarind a bit.
  • Adjust jaggery and tamarind as per liking.
  • With this number of peppers, rasam will be mildly spiced. You can increase pepper if you wish to.

Simple Karimenasu saaru

Sunday, 2 May 2021

Pumpkin flower tawa fry/ Shallow fried pumpkin flower fritters

If you love nature, it never disappoints you! Hope you all agree with it. Nature gives us so much which we cannot return or repay in anyway. What we all can do is, grow little green around us in-order to save this beautiful earth for tomorrow. We can use natural resources thoughtfully to save them for our own future. Even during this toughest time of pandemic, one thing that supplies positivity is green/ plants. This way we can give back to nature in the form of oxygen that we consume to survive.

pumpkin flower

Why am I writing about nature so much today! Reason behind this is major ingredient of today’s recipe, pumpkin flower. As I said earlier edible flowers are magical in terms of their benefits. They aren’t just fancy to see on your plate but with they have numerous health benefits too.  Pumpkin flowers aren’t any less. Normally if you have couple of pumpkin vine in your garden, you will see only male flowers which don’t result in fruit for initial month. Then it is ideal use them in your cooking. They are rich source of Vitamins A, B9, C and minerals like iron, phosphorous. They are good for eye health, and they help in improving immunity. So don’t wait any more to use them in cooking if you have access to them. Culinary usage can be in the form of simple delicious chutney or in salads or like the one which I am sharing in today’s post.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

Pumpkin flowers (male flowers*) – 8-10 (as available)

Gram flour – ½ cup

Small semolina/ Chiroti rava – 2 tbsp

Rice flour/ corn flour – 2 tbsp (optional)

Salt – ½ tsp

Chilli powder – ½ tsp

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Sambhar powder / garam masala – ¼ tsp (optional, just for flavour)

Oil – 2-3 tbsp (for frying)

 

Method:

  • Collect fresh pumpkin flowers, remove stamen and stalk, discard them. Check for any bugs in the flower and if found remove them. Normally, ants love the flowers.
  • Wash the flowers carefully and pat dry to remove any extra water content.
  • Now take gram flour, semolina, salt, chilli powder, turmeric powder and sambhar powder (if using) in a wide mixing bowl. Add little water at a time to make bajji like batter. It should not be runny, you will require nearly ¼ cup of water.
  • Heat a tawa/ griddle.
  • Sprinkle little oil.
  • Dip one flower at a time in prepared batter so that it is covered well and place on hot tawa. Do the same with rest of the flower and spread on the tawa.  You can make around 5 flowers once depending on the size of the pan.
  • Cook one side for a minute on medium flame. Drizzle little oil on top and flip each flower to cook other side too. Take them out of tawa when both sides turn golden brown, which will be crispy by this time.
  • Finish off all the flowers this way and serve the fries hot with rice as a tasty side dish or as snack with your choice of sauce.

Pumpkin flower tawa fry


Notes:

  • *I mentioned male flowers to be used as they don’t give fruits and hence you can pluck them. Female flowers are also edible but plucking them results in loss of fruits.
  • Serving these fritters hot is important as they taste best and crispy when hot.
  • One can deep fry these too.
  • Many variations possible with this recipe. You can use only gram flour to coat the flowers, you can add your favorite flavors. Also many do it by coating the flowers with dry flour, not adding any water to the batter. I shared here my version of recipe.

Shallow fried pumpkin flower fritters

Monday, 26 April 2021

Kothimbir Vadi in Microwave oven/ Quick coriander vadi recipe/ Kothambari soppu vade

Kothimbir vadi/ Coriander vadi is one of the authentic savoury snacks originated from Maharastra. Vadi of Maharashtra is similar to Pathrode of our part of Karnataka/ Coastal Karnataka. Gram flour & choice of greens are combined together in batter which is steam cooked and later deep fried into crunchy snack. Kothimbir vadi, a teatime snack is not only crispy & tasty but also very flavourful and healthy as it is loaded with fresh green coriander leaves. Coriander leaves are rich sources of elemental iron & dietary fibre which is beneficial in treating anaemia and good in cases of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes… When I state it is healthy, couple of variations needed to the original recipe as it requires deep frying of them after steam cooking. Here is a better option of shallow frying these vadis after they are cooked. Idea way to cook them is in steamer or pressure cooker like how dokla is made. In this post I focus on cooking coriander vadi in microwave oven which speeds up the process of cooking. Believe me, it takes just 7-8 minutes to cook the coriander vadi in microwave oven. Now let us go to the recipe!

Kothimbir Vadi in Microwave oven

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes (includes frying time)

Serves: 2-3

Ingredients:

Coriander leaves – 2 cups (finely chopped)

Gram flour – 1 cup

Rice flour/ Corn flour – 2 tbsp

Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp

Roasted peanuts powder – 2 tbsp (coarse powder)

Cumin powder – ½ tsp

Coriander powder – ½ tsp

Red chilli powder – 1 tsp, adjust as per your liking

Sesame seeds – 1 tsp

Asafoetida – ¼ tsp

Sugar – 1 tsp

Baking soda – ¼ tsp

Water – ¾ cup or little more

Oil to fry – 4 tbsp (shallow frying)

 

Method:

  • Wash well, and chop coriander leaves finely. Take them in a wide mixing bowl.
  • Now, except oil and water add all the ingredients to the bowl. The ingredients are gram & rice/corn flour, salt, sugar, jeera powder, coriander powder, hing/ asafoetida sesame seeds, baking soda, chilli powder, turmeric powder, roasted peanut powder*. Oil should not go into this batter. That should be reserved for frying later.
  • Mix everything well with a spatula. Slowly add little water at a time and combine to form an evenly made batter. That is no lumps of dry flour should be found.
  • The batter should not be runny. Consistency should be that of idli batter (neither runny, nor too thick).
  • Now, grease a square or rectangular cake pan (microwave compatible) with little oil. Take smallest size tin for this measurement!
  • Pour the above prepared mix into the pan and spread evenly.
  • Cook in microwave oven for approximately 6 – 7 minutes. Or until inserted fork comes out clean. Time depends on the thickness of batter & oven.
  • Allow cooling. Later, invert the vadi on a plate and cut into desired shape and size pieces.
  • Frying part:
  • Heat a pan. Sprinkle little oil, spread the cut pieces of kothimbir vadi.
  • Sprinkle little oil on top of each piece. Invert on the pan after cooking one side and fry other side too. Both sides should turn to golden brown.
  • Serve hot kothimbir vadi with green chutney or with choice of sauce. You can serve it with lunch as well.
Quick coriander vadi recipe

                                                    After cooking in Microwave oven!


Kothimbir vadi


Notes:

  • You can deep fry these vadis after cooking for extra crunch and taste. I have avoided deep frying and did shallow frying
  • Adding moringa leaves with coriander leaves works out well too.
  • You can use 1 cup chopped coriander leaves and about ¼ - ½ cup coriander leaves paste too.
  • One can steam cook the batter if no access to microwave oven. This will take 20-30 minutes to cook.
  • You can be creative while choosing ingredients, number of variations possible here.
  • Peanut powder: Roast peanuts, remove major skin and make coarse powder using a mixer. You can make use of peanuts chutney powder too here.

Kothambari soppu vade

Monday, 19 April 2021

Raw mango Chutney/ Mavina kai chutney

Summer without mango; cannot be imagined, isn’t it? When I say this, I know focus goes on mango as fruit. It is not the case. People use raw mango in cooking as much as they do ripe mangoes right? Be it drink aam panna or raw mango spicy curries. There are varieties of pickles recipes using mango and ultimately mango rice! It is so versatile fruit & no need of mentioning its taste and how it works as appetizer.

Raw mango Chutney

Today I am sharing a recipe from coastal Karnataka/ Karavali, which is mango chutney. Again there are two variations possible - red chutney by using dry red chillis or green/white chutney using green chillis. Best option of green chillis would be jeerige menasu/ bird’s eye chillis/ gandhari menasu (smallest variety of chillis grown in malnadu & Dakshina Kannada. Mango varieties such as nekkare /wild varieties will go best. Banganpalli works best too as it has unique flavour.

I am sharing the recipe of mango chutney with green chillis today. It is so simple with minimal ingredients & except seasoning there is no fire required in making this.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Raw mango/ unripe mango – 1 small / ½ of large large (tender/ medium the better)

Freshly grated coconut - ½ cup

Green chillis – 3 – 4, adjust according to your taste

Salt – 1 tsp

Ingredients for Seasoning:*

Coconut oil – 2 tsp

Mustard seeds – ½ tsp

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

 

Method:

  • Wash raw mango clean, cut & discard stalk portion. Chop roughly after removing seed.
  • Take grated coconut, mango pieces, green chillis, salt in a mixie jar and grind to make smooth chutney with little water added.
  • Transfer to serving bowl.
  • Prepare a seasoning/ tadka (optional) of mustard seeds in coconut oil. On spluttering, add curry leaves and add to chutney. Mix well.
  • Serve this chutney with rice & a dollop of ghee (preferably matta rice ganji) or with neer dosa which works as a great combination.
Mavina kai chutney

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Unripe fig pakora/ raw fig podi/ Doddele Anjoora Bajji or fritters

Recently an article in one of whats app groups attracted me very much. It was about raw/ unripe fig pakora or bajji. I found it interesting as using raw fig in cooking wasn’t new to me. I made stir-fry & majjige huli (yogurt based gravy) already using them. Same evening we plucked 2 figs from our tree which were green & unripe. Made bajjis & we liked the taste. Only problem here is the white milk like sap released by the raw figs. Keeping figs for few hours after harvesting before using in cooking is a solution. One more point to note is, rinsing the cut fig pieces in water before making pakoras. It reduces the white sap to some extent.

Unripe fig pakora

To write little about these figs referred as elephant ear fig, it is a wonderful tree to grow for shade. Irrespective of what care one provides to this plant, a mature tree provides us lot of fruits. Out of them, only few ripe into delicious juicy fruits, rest falls off before even they mature. So it is ideal to use them in cooking in their unripe form. Here is one such recipe, Unripe fig bajji/ pakoda.

Fig tree

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 16-18 pakoras

 

Ingredients:

Unripe / raw figs (Elephant ear fig) - 2

Gram flour/ Kadle hittu – ¼ cup

Rice flour / corn flour – ¼ cup

Red Chilli powder – 1 teaspoon (adjust according to taste)

Salt – 1 spoon (to taste)

Ajwain/ Om kalu/ Carom seeds – ¼ teaspoon

Asafoetida – ¼ tsp

Oil – for deep frying, I use coconut oil

 

Method:

  • Clean the figs carefully to remove any bugs/ insects like ants & wash with clean running water. It is recommended to keep them aside for couple of hours to minimize the oozing of white sap (sticky milk) from the cut figs.
  • Scrape out the outer skin with a regular knife, wash once again. Cut into 2 halves lengthwise, then slice into about 4-5 pieces from each half. Put them into a vessel having water so that the fig slices are rinsed well to remove maximum amount of white sap. Same process we follow for raw banana.
  • Prepare a batter for bajji or fritter.
  • Take a wide vessel with 1 cup of water. Add hing/ asafoetida, salt, ajwain and chilli powder. Give a stir.
  • Add gram flour & rice/ corn flour, mix well to form a smooth batter adding enough water. This batter should not be too runny. Consistency should be such a way that, it should properly cover the jackfruit.
  • Now, take oil in a frying pan. Heat it up on medium flame.
  • When oil is ready, dip the cut figs one by one in the prepared flour batter to cover completely and drop carefully into hot oil. You can fry more number of bajjis in one batch depending on the oil in the pan.
  • Fry until done or golden brown flipping the pakora in oil frequently. The hissing noise will be stopped when it is done & bajjis turn golden color.
  • Now take the pakoda out of hot oil, draining oil completely and transfer to a plate with the tissue paper spread on it.
  • Finish off all the cut figs in above mentioned way.
  • Serve hot pakoda/ bajji with tomato sauce and a cup of tea/ coffee!

Notes:

  • This bajji can be made using only gram flour batter or only corn flour/ rice flour batter. I like the way mentioned in this post. That is 1:1 (equal measure) of rice & gram flour.  This quantity makes pakoras crispier.
  • This bajji tastes best when served hot.
  • Individuals allergic to latex or plant white sap are suggested to avoid eating such dishes. 

Doddele Anjoora Bajji or fritters