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Ambuli/Maavinakayi/Raw mango Chutney

Ambuli / Maavinakayi / Raw mango Chutney

My favorite pass time during summer is collecting the fallen tender mangoes and use them in pickles, chutney, pachodi etc. Since the mango trees bear the fruits once in 2 years we did not get any mangoes last year. So this year when we started getting mangoes we decided to make best use of it. Also I am amazed to see how many dishes can be made using those tender fallen mangoes. This one mango Chutney has been constant at home and it is prepared in 2 ways. On regular days it is made using garlic. And the days when we don’t eat garlic it is made using hing. Sharing both the recipes here. Make sure mango used is sour in taste. Ours is local variety mango(kaat ambo).

Raw mango Chutney with Garlic –

Ingredients required-

  1. Tender Raw mango – 1 small cup(we have very small ones, about 4 mangoes)
  2. Grated coconut- about 5tsp
  3. Green chilly- 2
  4. Garlic pods – about 8-10
  5. Salt to taste

Method of preparation-

  • Cut the mango into tiny pieces. Remove the seed.
  • Add everything listed above into a mixie jar. Do not add water first.
  • Grind them coarsely. If required add little water.

Raw mango Chutney with hing-

Ingredients required-

  1. Tender Raw mango – 1 small cup(we have very small ones, about 4 mangoes)
  2. Grated coconut- about 5tsp
  3. Green chilly- 2
  4. Hing – 1/2tsp(can use compound hing as well)
  5. Salt to taste

Method of preparation-

  • Cut the mango into tiny pieces. Remove the seed.
  • Add everything listed above into a mixie jar. Do not add water first.
  • Grind them coarsely. If required add little water.

Both the ways the taste will vary slightly. But both are unique.

The raw mango / ambuli used in this recipe

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Ghar dudde Saung

Ghar dudde(bottle gourd) Saung

Bottle gourd is in season. We usually prepare halwa, payasam or a simple stir fry(upkari) using it. I was discussing with mom for some spicy curry ideas using this vegetable. She suggested this recipe. I usually do not like one dish to other but I this one tasted like alambe phanna upkari. So if you see people selling this super summer veggie on the road side, do buy and try different recipes or you can even prepare juice.

Ingredients required-

  1. Coriander seeds – 1tsp
  2. Grated coconut- a little more than 1/4th
  3. Tamarind- gooseberry sized
  4. Red chilly- 5-6
  5. Bottle gourd (ghar dudde) – 1 big cup
  6. Oil – 2tsp
  7. Garlic cloves – 10-12
  8. Onion – 1
  9. Salt to taste

Method of preparation-

  • Clean and peel the skin of bottle gourd. Also remove the skin. Cut it into tiny pieces
  • Roast the coriander seeds and red chilly with 1/2tsp oil
  • After cooling grind the coriander seeds, red chilly, tamarind and grated coconut into a fine masala paste
  • Take a pan and add the oil. Add the crushed garlic after removing skin.
  • Fry it till golden. Then add onion and fry well.
  • Once onion is fried add bottle gourd. Mix it well and add very little water. Cover and cook it for about 10min or till bottle gourd is cooked. Don’t cook it till mushy.
  • Now add the masala and salt to taste. You can also add the water from cleaning mixie.
  • Mix well and cook for about 10min.
Lunch thali

Curd Rice

Curd rice

One of the comfort foods that has been one of my regular item for husband’s tiffin box along with roasted chilly papad(happolu). Very good option to prepare in jiffy or if you have leftover rice(for tiffin i prepare rice freshly, haven’t tried leftover rice) or just want to have something light for lunch/dinner to fix the digestion.

Ingredients required-

  1. Cooked and cooled rice – 2cups
  2. Onion – 1 medium
  3. Tomato- 1 medium
  4. Green chilly- 1
  5. Oil – 1tsp
  6. Mustard- 1tsp
  7. Urad dal – 1.5tsp
  8. Curry leaves – 1 strand
  9. Salt to taste
  10. Red chilly – 1
  11. Curd – 1/2 litre

Method of preparation-

  • Chop the onion, tomato and green chilly
  • To this add salt to taste and curd. Add little water
  • Mix well and add the cooked rice
  • Prepare a tadka of mustard, urad dal, red chilly, curry leaves in oil
  • Add this tadka and give a good mix
  • Keep aside for about 30min and then enjoy with pickle or roasted papad.
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Office Dal

Office dal

I don’t know what it is called. Maybe this dal has a name of its own, I am not trying to rename😁 Just today when I was planning to prepare lunch i did not want to prepare dalitoy. I also dint want much creamy n flavorful daltadka. That time I remembered the dal, catering person used to bring to our office. Though we did not like the food much and everybody would complain and eat, I secretly admired this dal and few other things 🤭 probably thats why my colleagues decided I can eat anything and I don’t have tastebuds😂

Almost 2 years after being home bound Today suddenly remembered this and all the lunch time conversations as I was trying to find the recipe. Did not find exact one so I tried recollecting ingredients from the taste. When I finally made it I was quiet Happy to achieve the same taste. Here is how I made it.

Ingredients required-

  1. Toor dal -1cup
  2. Ginger – small piece
  3. Garlic- about 10pods
  4. Capsicum- 1 small
  5. Tomato- 1 medium
  6. Green chilly- 4-5
  7. Salt to taste
  8. Oil – 3tsp
  9. Jeera -1tsp
  10. Red chilly-1
  11. Hing – a pinch
  12. Coriander leaves

Method of preparation-

  • First wash and add the dal to a pressure cooker. If you want it to be thick you can take toor dal and moong dal 50:50
  • Now finely chop the ginger and add to the cooker. Next peel the garlic (don’t cut) and add. Then add tomato and capsicum- cut into big pieces. Also add green chilly slit into 2 pieces.
  • Add enough water and pressure cook for 4-5 whistle
  • Allow the pressure to release and then transfer to a vessel.
  • Add salt to taste and bring it to boil. Cook for about 10min.
  • Meanwhile prepare a tadka of jeera, cut red chilly and hing in the oil.
  • Once done add the tadka
  • Finally garnish with coriander leaves.

I have paired it with lemon pickle prepared by mom and store bought roasted papad.

Lunch thali

Dal Tadka and Jeera Rice

Dal Tadka with Jeera Rice

Our family favorite combo which is prepared during most of the celebrations such as birthdays and anniversaries. Usually we prepare dal tadka and eat it once with jeera rice and then for the next course chapati is made. Its a balanced, flavourful and healthy meal liked by all at home. Takes little longer to prepare but with proper planning one can work parallely and finish some tasks quickly.

Ingredients required-

For dal tadka :

  1. Toor dal – 1cup
  2. Masoor dal – 1cup
  3. Moong dal – 1/4cup
  4. Water – about 4cup
  5. Oil – 4+2tsp
  6. Jeera -1+1tsp
  7. Red chilly-1
  8. Ginger- 1 inch
  9. Garlic- 25-30
  10. Green chilly-3
  11. Onion-2
  12. Tomato-3
  13. Curry leaves-5strands
  14. Kasuri methi – 1tsp
  15. Salt to taste
  16. Red chilly powder – about 2tsp
  17. Coriander powder- about 1tsp
  18. Turmeric powder- 1+1tsp
  19. Hing powder-1/2tsp

For Jeera rice-

  1. Oil – 5tsp
  2. Jeera -3tsp
  3. Onion-1
  4. Pepper powder- 3tsp
  5. Salt to taste
  6. Basmati rice-2cups
  7. Oil -1tsp
  8. Cardamom
  9. Cinnamon
  10. Cloves

Method of preparation-

Since we are preparing them together i will mention the steps so that it can be done parallely.

  • First wash the rice and keep it for cooking by adding about 3-4cup water, 1tsp oil and few pieces of whole spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, star asin, cloves.
  • Also wash the toor dal, masoor dal and moong dal and place it in cooker adding water
  • Cook it for about 6 whistles. Be careful as dal might come out during the process. If required turn the gas to medium flame in between.
  • Meanwhile peal and chop ginger, garlic into small pieces. Cut green chillies into small round pieces.
  • Also cut onion (2+1) and tomatoes in to tiny pieces. Cut the coriander leaves and keep everything aside.
  • Once the rice is cooked, don’t cook it till mushy. Drain the water once it is just done and keep it for cooling. This will prevent the rice grains from breaking while preparing jeera rice.
  • Also open the cooker lid and mix well.
  • To prepare jeera rice, to a kadai add oil and add jeera, add a few curry leaves.
  • Once spluttered, add onion and fry for sometime. Then add pepper powder and salt to taste. Mix well.
  • Now add cooked and cooled rice and mix very well to combine with everything.
  • Finally add coriander leaves.
  • For dal tadka take the kadai and add oil, jeera. Once spluttered add cut red chilly. Then add ginger, garlic and green chilly.
  • Fry them well for few minutes
  • Then add onion and mix for 2min. Next add tomatoes n cook till mushy.
  • Now add turmeric powder, chilly powder, salt to taste, hing powder and coriander powder.
  • Mix everything well and add the cooked dal mixture. And add water as required.
  • Cook for about 5min while stirring in between.
  • Crush and add the kasoori methi and few fresh curry leaves.
  • Finally add a tadka of jeera, chilly powder, hing powder and 1 red chilly in oil.
  • Add the tadka and cover and keep for a while so that flavor is combined.