Showing posts with label fresh fried spices. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fresh fried spices. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Kempu Harive Gasi / Amaranth Leaves Curry

Kempu Harive soppu /Amaranth Leaves are packed with vitamins and minerals. I have tried Amaranth leaves Gasi/ curry and it is one of the traditional dish of Udupi.


Gasi means thick curry which has vegetables and fresh fried or roasted minimum spices. Leaves are always loaded with minerals and vitamins. It is good to have leaves in our diet and must eat at least twice in a week. They are full of fiber and helps digest our food easily and helps to ease constipation problems.
I Have used Amaranth leaves, very little toor da, coconut, red chilly and urid dal.
Let us see the recipe Now :
No Onion or No garlic is used in this Kempu Harive Gasi/Amaranth leaves Curry 

Things Needed :

To Cook :
Amaranth Leaves/ Kempu Harive soppu : 1 Bundle
Toor Dal : 2 Tablespoons
To fry :
Coconut Oil : 1 Teaspoon
Urid dal : 1 teaspoon
Coriander Seeds : 1 Tablespoon
Red chilly : 4 to 5
Ingh /Asafoetida : A little
To Grind :
Coconut grated : 1/2 Cup
Fried urid dal mixture
Tamarind : A small marble size
To Add : 
Turmeric powder : A pinch
Ground coconut mixture
Salt : As required
Coconut oil Seasoning.

Method :

1. Wash and cut Amaranth leaves / Kempu Harive soppu in to small pieces.


2. Cook Amaranth leaves and washed toor dal together. ( Pressure cook for 5 to 6 minutes).


3. Keep a small pan on the fire and put a teaspoon of coconut oil.
4. Add urid dal and fry till they turn golden brown. Add coriander seeds and fry for a minute.
5. Add 4 to 5 red chilly and fry. Let urid dal turn golden brown. Switch off the gas and let it cool.


6. Grate coconut and grind it with fried urid dal mixture and small marble size of tamarind.
7. Add required water while grinding. Let it be paste consistency. Remove it from the mixi jar.


8. Keep a big pan and put cooked amaranth leaves. Add required water and salt. Mix it well.
9. Add a pinch of turmeric powder. Let it boil for 2 minutes.
10. Add ground urid dal - coconut mixture. Mix it well and let it boil for 2 to 3 mintues.


11. Shift the curry to a serving dish and add mustard seeds, curry leaves seasoning to the curry.


12. Serve with The main dish you have prepared.

Note :

Do not add more water while grinding. Do not add more urid dal while frying. Fry on low flame. So that it does not get burnt. It should be golden brown or the curry gets sticky. Adding more / less chilly is optional. Use of any cooking oil is optional.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Mattina Gulla - Avarekai Curry

Udupi Special Brinjal known as " Mattina Gulla " has its own special flavour and whatever you prepare turns out to be superb taste. This is a special variety of brinjal/ eggplant as said earlier.


There is a story behind the special nature of this Mattina Gulla and will surely write it.
I have prepared Gulla Huli/ bolu Huli or a type of curry using some special spices, which always stay in kitchen cupboard.
I have used Famous Avarekai/field beans and Mattina gulla combined together with some special spice powder which is very fresh, home prepared spice powder. 

Let us  know the story of Mattina Gulla.  
Mattina Gulla got patent these days.



Mattu/Matti is a place near Udupi/ Katpadi, in South Canara. It is about 6 to 8 Km from Udupi. The people over there, were very poor and struggling to lead a peaceful life. Once Shree Vadhiraja Swami of Sode Mutt came to visit this place, he saw the peoples' struggle and gave a handful of this Gulla /Brinjal /Eggplant seeds. He said from this seeds peoples' struggle will be reduced. As they grow the brinjal plant and it yield special variety of brinjals. So brinjals turned as famous and peoples' struggle reduced. It is all Swami Shree Krishna's daye/kindness and through the guru he could take care of His devotees and help them to lead peaceful life. Even now the first yield is given it to Lord Shree Krisha Mutt in Udupi. 
One has to eat and relish the taste of this special Mattu Gulla and then he will be able to know that what we say is 100 % true about the taste of this kind of brinjal.
No Onion or Garlic is used in this recipe. Try and enjoy this curry. It suits to all type of dishes.
Let us see the recipe Now :

Ingredients :

To Cook :
Mattu Gulla : 2 
Avarekai : 1 Cup. 250 to 300 grams. 
Methi seeds /Fenugrik seeds : 1/4 Teaspoon
To Add :
Spice Powder : 2 Tablespoons
Tamarind Pulp : 1 Tablespoons
Jaggery : 1 teaspoon
Salt : As required 
Coriander leaves : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Coconut : 2  to 3 Tablespoons
Ginger : An inch 
Seasoning :
Cooking Oil : 1 Tablespoon
Mustard seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Jeera/Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh /Asafoetida : A pinch
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8 Leaves.


Method :

1. Remove the avarekai / Field beans and  wash it.  Pressure cook for 6 to 8 minutes and leave it for cooling.


2. Cut brinjals and put the pieces in a bowl of water for 5 Minutes.
3. Grate coconut, wash and cut curry leaves and coriander leaves. Soak tamarind in hot water for 5 minutes and squeeze out the pulp. Keep the pulp aside.
4. Wash and clean ginger and remove its outer layer. Wash it again and grate it.
5. Keep cooked averekai pan on the fie. Add cut brinjal and let it cook for 3 to 4 minutes./Till it gets soft. ( Do not over cook ). Add grated ginger.


6. Add little turmeric powder, tamarind pulp and required salt. Mix it well and cook for 2 minutes.
7. Add spice powder and mix it well and cook for another 2 minutes.


8. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add a tablespoon of oil, mustard seeds and jeera. Let it fry nicely.
9.  Add a pinch of asafoetida and curry leaves. Add this seasoning to the curry. 
10. Add a teaspoon of jaggery.
11. Mix it well and cook for another 2 minutes.
12. Put off the fire and Shift the curry to a serving dish.
13. Add cut coriander leaves and grated fresh coconut. (One Tablespoon).
14. Mix it well and Shift the ready curry to a serving dish. Top up with coriander gratings. ( Optional)


15. Serve with the main dish of your choice. Yummy curry taste best on almost all the dishes.

Note :

Do not over cook brinjals. Adding capsicum taste better. Adding garlic or onion is optional. Adding coconut grating is optional. Adding more jaggery is optional. Use of coconut oil is optional. 
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4.

How to make : Home Made Spice Powder :

Dry roast 1/4 teaspoon of methi, 1/2 teaspoon of urid dal, 2 tablespoons of coriander seeds, 4 to 5 byadagi chilly, 1/2 teaspoon of jeera/cumin seeds, 5 to 6 curry leaves and a pinch of ingh. Add a small piece of cinnamon to it. (1/2 inch). Do not fry cinnamon and 1Tbs  coconut, just add it after you shift the dry roast spices to a bowl. Let it get cool. Dry grind and turn it as powder. 
Note : Dry roast the spices one by one on low flame. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Cow Peas - Mangalore Cucumber Curry /Gasi.

Fresh cow peas are seasonal pods and they are very soft and tender when they are just plucked from its plant. Later they dry it and then store it to use as dry pods. We can use fresh pods to prepare many dishes and the dishes turn not only delicious, it is packed with full of proteins and nutrients. I have used Mangalore Cucumber/Bannada southekai along with cow peas and prepared yummy curry.



This curry is called as Gasi/Thick and spicy curry and one of the traditional dish of South Canara./Udupi , Mangalore. Malenadu region.

Let us see some benefits of Coriander seeds in our diet.
Indian spices are very famous even in our ancient period. We read about the exchange of spices to gold from foreign countries. Spices like cinnamon, pepper, ginger, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg etc were the most popular spices sold through Arab merchants from India to Europe and other parts of the world. Indian spices are famous even now. We Indians use many spices in our Indian cooking. The spices like coriander seeds, jeera/cumin seeds, mustard seeds, pepper pods, cardamom and the list is so big. The spices take prominent place in our Indian cooking. 
Coriander seeds are loaded with health benefits. They help to cure digestive disorder /indigestion, cure the conjunctivitis and some eye problems. They are good for preventing arthritis and rheumatism. They do help in curing abdominal pains and helps in curing anemia. They are good remedy for controlling diabetes. They are good for inflammation, diarrhea and controlling cholesterol levels in our body. It is also good for aches and cramps and helps in lowering the blood sugar in our body. Coriander seeds is loaded with Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Vitamin B1. It has good source of iron, calcium and phosphorus.

Do not add any onion or garlic to this curry.
 Cow Peas - Mangalore Cucumber Curry/Gasi is purely Traditional Udupi Brahmin's Curry/Gasi

 Let us see the recipe Now:

Things Needed :

To Cook :
Mangalore Southekai/Cucumber : 1 Bowl (1/2 of 1 Medium sized Cucumber)
Fresh Cow Peas: Alasande Beeja : 1 Small bowl.
Spices to fry :
Channa dal : 1 Teaspoon
Coriander seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Jeera / Cumin seeds : 1/4 Teaspoon
tamarind : Very small quantity. 
Red Byadagi chilly : 5 to 6 ( More /Less as you wish).
Ingh /Asafoetida : A pinch
Oil : 1/2 Teaspoon
To Grind :
Fresh grated coconut : 1 small cup/ 4 to Tablespoons
Fried Spices and required water.
To Add : 
Salt : As required
Turmeric powder : A pinch
Ground Coconut mixture
Coconut Oil Seasoning 
Coriander leaves : 1 Tablespoon

Method :

1. Wash and peel off the mangalore southekai outer layer and remove the pulp and seeds from it.
 (Some time it has bitter taste).
2. Cut southekai into small pieces and  and soak them in water. Grate coconut and keep it aside.
3. Remove the pods from cow pea's cover. Wash it and keep it aside.

4. Cook them with required water. Use a pressure cooker to cook. ( 3 to 4 Minutes will do).

5. Keep a small pan and put 1/2 teaspoon of oil. Add channa dal and fry till it turns golden brown.

6. Add ingh and red byadagi chilly. Fry for 1 minute. Add all the other spices like coriander seeds, jeera, and curry leaves. Mix it well and put off the fire. Add grated coconut to it. Let it cool.

7. Grind all the fried ingredients with a small marble size tamarind. ( Remove the seed if it has).
8. Add required water and grind it into fine paste. Remove the ground mixture to a small bowl.


9. Keep a big pan on the fire and put cooked cow peas and cucumber pieces. Add little turmeric powder.
10. Add required salt and mix it well. Let it boil for 2 minutes.


11. Add ground mixture and mix it well. Let it boil for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in between slowly so that it does not get burnt.

12. Shift it to a serving dish and add mustard seeds, ingh, curry leaves seasoning done in coconut oil.
13. Add cut coriander leaves.
14. Serve Cow Peas - Mangalore Curry/Gasi with the main dish you have prepared.

Note :

You should remove the outer layer and the pulp from Mangalore Southekai because pulp contain bitter taste. Removing the outer layer helps the southekai to cook soft and good. Retaining the outer layer is optional.  Fresh fried spices adds to the taste. Use of pressure cooker to cook veggies is optional. Adding more /less chilly is optional. Do not add more channa dal, the taste will not be good and it becomes sticky sometime. Do not add more coriander seeds and no need to fry much. Soaking southekai pieces in water helps to remove the bitterness in them. 
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4 
Udupi/Karnataka /Indian Curry.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

COLOCASIA STEM CURRY .( ಕೆಸುವಿನ ದಂಟಿನ ಹುಳಿ ).

ಕೆಸುವಿನ ಎಲೆ / Colocasia leaves grow nicely during the rainy days. These leaves are used for Patrode, and chutney, dry curry or even spicy dosas, The stem of the leaf is also so good to use in cooking. We do prepare chutney, saasive  (Curry using mustard seeds) and curry. Here is one such curry which is very traditional and healthy to have at any time of the day.


I have used colocasia stems, some spices and coconut.
Let us see the benefits of Colocasia stems.
Colocasia stems are rich with numerous health benefits. It  can help, treat and prevent different types of diseases. It is good for reducing high blood pressure, controls blood sugar levels, protect the skin and good for digestion and improve the vision. It helps in preventing heart diseases, boost our immune system and strengthen our muscles and nerves.
They contain good amount of dietary fiber and good for constipation, excess gas and over all health of our body
These colocasia leaves are from our native Udupi.  I used the leaves for patrode and these stems for curry. Colocasia leaves, stems are good to use during rainy season because they grow nicely with rainy water, they are fresh. They also helps to keep our body warm.
Let us see the recipe Now :

Ingredients :

To Cook :
Colocasia Stems : 1 Big bowl
Tamarind Pulp : 1 small bowl. (Big marble size tamarind).
Jaggery :  Tablespoons
Salt : As required
Turmeric powder : A pinch
To Fry  spices :
Coconut Oil : 1 Teaspoon
Methi seeds : 1/4 Teaspoon
Urid dal : 1/2 Teaspoon
Coriander seeds : 2 Tablespoons
Red byadagi chilly : 5 to 6
Jeera/cumin seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh : A little
Curry leaves : 6 to 8
To grind :
Fried spices
Grated fresh coconut : 1 Small cup
To Add : 
Ground masala
Salt : As required
Coriander leaves
Mustard seeds seasoning

Method :

1. Wash and remove the outer layer of the stem (hard part around the stem).


2. Now cut the stem into small pieces.

3. Soak a big marble size of tamarind in hot water for 5 minutes and squeeze out the pulp.
4. Grate/ cut coconut and keep it aside.


5. Put pieces of colocasia stems in a pressure cooker, add tamarind pulp, required salt.
6. Add a pinch of turmeric powder and a tablespoon of jaggery. Cook all these for 3 to 4 minutes.


7. Keep a small pan on the fire and heat.
8. Add a teaspoon of coconut oil, methi seeds and fry till golden brown. Add urid dal and fry till it turns golden brown.

9. Add coriander seeds and fry for 20 seconds. Add byadagi chilli and fry little.
10. Put off the fire and add Jeera/cumin seeds, curry leaves and ingh. Let it cool.


11. Grind coconut and fried spices with required water. Remove from the mixi jar to a bowl.
12. Keep a big pan on the fire and put cooked colocasia stems. Let it boil. Add salt if required .
13. Add ground coconut and fried spices mixture. Mix it well and let it boil for 3 to 4 minutes.


14. Shift Colocasia Stem Curry to a serving dish.

15. Prepare mustard  seeds, ingh, curry leaves seasoning with coconut oil. Add this seasoning to a serving dish. Serve Colocasia Stem curry with the main dish.

Note : 

You should use right amount of tamarind while cooking stems or it may start itching the tongue while eating the curry. Adding more jaggery is optional. Adding any sambar /Rasam powder to the curry instead of fresh fried spices. Use of fresh fried spices adds to the taste.
Time : 25 Minutes 
Serves : 3 to 4.