Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Kadgi Chakko (Raw Jackfruit Sidedish)

1 cup fresh or frozen jackfruit
3/4 cup coconut
2-3 red chillies
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon uraddal
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
5-6 curry leaves
1/2 teaspoon jaggery
Tamarind Extract
Heat little oil and fry coriander seeds uraddal and redchillies.Grind them together with coconut,tamarind and jaggery(optional) into a coarse paste.
Cut the jackfruit into bite size pieces. Beat them lightly with a stone or rolling pin.(If using the tinned jack fruit, open tin and squeeze all water from jack fruit. Soak in water for sometime and discard the water to get rid of saltiness. Smash the jack fruit with hand or shred it).
Mix the rawjackfruit with ground masala and keep aside.Heat 1 tbl spn of oil and add mustard seeds. When they start popping, add curry leaves. And then add the mixture. Cook on a low flame for around 20mins mixing in between. Add salt (be careful if using the tinned jack fruit. Since it already has salt, add a little only if required). Mix well.

Fish Curry

This is most popular konkani dish.There are 2 types of fish curry,one of them is Teppel ambat,(teppel ,Sichuan pepper ) and the other is alle piyav ambat.(with ginger and onions)

Fishes like Sardines,Mackeral are used for this dish.The gravy tastes great when prepared very spicy.The masala should be ground to a very smooth paste to get best taste.
Grated coconut1/2 cup
Red chilies 3-4 nos
Tamarind Extract
Grind Coconut,redchillies and tamarind into a very fine paste.Add a teaspoon of water along with teppal and slightly crush with pestle(until the juice comes out from the teppal)
Heat the Ground Masala with sufficient quantity of water to get a gravy.Add teppal ,salt and cook till the gravy starts boiling.Now add fish(do not add fish before this if you do so the fish gets overcooked by the gravy is cooked)Fish takes around 5-10 mins to cook completely.Serve hot with Rice.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Dry Okra Masala -Bhindi Masala

2 lb okra slit lengthwise
1 large onion diced
1 large tomato diced
2 large garlic cloves minced
2 green chilies slit
1 tsp whole cummin
1 tsp garam masala powder
3/4 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder

Salt to taste

Heat the oil. Saute cummin till light brown. Add the onions, green chilies and garlic. Fry till the onion is transparent . Add the tomato and saute until they are cooked.
Add all the powders and fry for 2-3 mins.Add the okra and mix well and fry for2-3 mins.Cover and keep it on low flame until cooked.Just before you stop cooking ,add salt and mixwell.Garnish it with coriander leaves .Eat hot with rice or chapathis.