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konkanirecipe Lunch phodi seasonal Side Dish Snacks

Bhenda bajo/Tender Okra Pakoda

Bhenda Bajo/Tender ladies finger Pakoda

Rainy season has started and also demand for fried food for lunch/snacks. Ladies finger is in season and we get tender short ones which are very good for making pakodas. It is important to select tender ones as fully grown ones will be more fibrous and difficult to eat. It is a simple no fuss recipe when made with correct proportions yields crispy pakodas which can be a good accomplishment for lunch/dinner or even a tea time snack. Here is the recipe.

Ingredients required-

  1. Tender ladies finger/okra/bende – 10-15
  2. Besan/gram flour- 8-10tsp
  3. Bombay rawa – 4tsp
  4. Salt to taste
  5. Chilly powder- 3tsp
  6. Asafoetida/hing – 1/2tsp
  7. Ajwain/oma – 1tsp
  8. Water – 1/4 glass
  9. Oil for deep frying
  10. Curry leaves – 2strands

Method of preparation-

  • Clean and dry the ladies finger and then cut them into 4 pieces by making a horizontal and vertical cut.
  • Prepare a batter by adding salt, chilly powder, ajwain, hing, rawa. To this add water and mix well.
  • Now add besan and prepare a thick batter.
  • Cut curry leaves into pieces and add
  • Just before frying Sprinkle a pinch of salt on ladies finger pieces and mix well. This is to make sure the inside pieces also get the salt.
  • Now heat the oil. Dip the pieces in the batter and deep fry.
  • Once they turn crisp remove and serve hot.

Note –

  • Add rawa before besan to make sure it does not form lumps and mixes well with other ingredients. It makes the pakodas crispy
  • Adding curry leaves is optional but it gives a very good taste n texture to the pakodas.
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Breakfast Dosa healthybreakfast konkanirecipe

Overripe banana Rotti

Banana Rotti

Whenever we have overripe bananas the first choice in any house of Udupi/Mangalore is buns. But if you want to utilize these bananas in a healthy way this recipe may help. It is a instant recipe, can be packed in the tiffin box as well and I am sure kids will love the crispy and soft, sweet rotti. I thought it is something new when I made this rotti and told my mom. But she said she already knows it 😁 The smell of banana and jaggery cooked on low flame is a bonus 🤗

Ingredients required-

  1. Over ripe banana- 5(small, i took devabale)
  2. Grated coconut- 1/4 cup
  3. Jaggery – small piece (can increase if required)
  4. Salt to taste
  5. Bombay rawa – 1 cup (may vary based on consistency)
  6. Oil – for frying

Method of preparation-

  • Remove the skin of the banana and mash them well.
  • Add salt, grated jaggery(or jaggery powder), grated coconut and mix well.
  • The mixture will release water and now add the rawa and mix very well.
  • Keep aside for sometime say 15min.
  • Heath the tawa, dip the hand in water and take a portion of the mixture.
  • Spread it on the tawa with wet hand, this will help in spreading it fast and doesn’t stick to hand.
  • Add oil and cook on low flame. This takes time to cook, about 10-15min per rotti.
  • Serve hot with butter or chutney

Note –

  • You can peel the skin of the overripe banana and freeze to use in this dosa
  • You can also add finely chopped green chilly and ginger pieces to this dosa.
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konkanirecipe Lunch pickle Side Dish

Karate God Nonche(Bittergourd sweet pickle)

Karate God nonche (Bittergourd sweet pickle)

A pickle which has sweet, salt, bitterness, sourness, crunchiness combined together. A very good way to include Bittergourd even if you don’t like it much. This one is my husband’s favorite as it is prepared in temple for samaradhan. This is the 2nd time I prepared it and throughout the process I was amazed to observe how every taste combines with other and becomes one to be this wonderful dish! Below is the recipe of this pickle.

Ingredients required-

  1. Bittergourd- 2 (small)
  2. Jaggery- 1/2 cup
  3. Tamarind- lemon sized
  4. Coriander seeds – 2tsp
  5. Urad dal – 2tsp+1tsp
  6. Methi seeds- 1/2tsp
  7. Red chilly- 5-6
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Oil- 3tsp
  10. Mustard seeds-1tsp
  11. Curry leaves-1 strand

Method of preparation-

  • Wash the Bittergourd and cut it into tiny pieces
  • Cook it in a pan with very little water till it turns soft
  • Now add the jaggery and continue to cook. Cook 9n medium flame till jaggery melts and starts thickening.
  • Now extract the tamarind juice by adding very little water and add it to the pan.
  • Continue cooking till raw smell of tamarind vanishes.
  • I had roasted coriander seeds, urad dal and methi seeds with little oil in the beggining itself in the same pan before cooking the Bittergourd.
  • Now to the cooled mixture add roasted red chilles or you can simply add them at the end while roasting other things if you don’t have roasted chilly.
  • Powder them all in a mixie jar. Let it be fine powder.
  • Now add this powder and salt to taste to the Bittergourd mixture.
  • Mix everything very well and cook for 2-3min more. Make sure to have flame on medium throughout the process.
  • Cool and store it in air tight container for couple of days.
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chattambade konkanirecipe Snacks streetfood

Chattambade

Chattambade

Today there was a discussion about chattambade from a gaadi near my office at home. It used to stay fresh and crispy for hours. Then suddenly we decided to prepare it and quickly chattambade happened with no preparation and it tasted best.

There have been failed attempts of this snack when we either added more water while grinding or Ground it more. So have to be careful while grinding chana dal and rest of the steps are simple.

Ingredients required-

  1. Chana dal – 1 cup
  2. Coconut pieces – 4-5tsp(preferably copra)
  3. Curry leaves – 4-5 strands
  4. Ginger- small piece
  5. Green chilly- 5-6
  6. Salt to taste
  7. Oil – for deep frying

Method of preparation-

  • Soak the chana dal for about 3-4 hrs.
  • Meanwhile prepare tiny pieces of Coconut, curry leaves and ginger
  • Drain the water from chana dal and keep it aside for sometime to remove excess water
  • Coarsely grind it. Better to grind in batches. Even if 1 batch is ground to smooth make sure some batches are Coarsely ground so that chana dal pieces are retained.
  • Now add salt and pieces prepared and mix well. Mixture should be dry.
  • Now make small vadas , preferably thin so that it gets fried well.
  • Heat the oil and deep fry the chattambade on medium flame till it turns crisp. It may take 5-10min.
  • Serve it with coconut chutney. It can be stored for a day or two.
Chattambade before frying
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biryani Lunch OnePot

Raw Jackfruit(Kadgi) Biryani

Raw Jackfruit Biryani

Prepared all the standard curries- ghashi, koddel, chakko, phodi etc using the plenty of jackfruit available this year! I had cut one jackfruit used some and remaining portion had cut into pieces, cooked and kept in the fridge. Wanted to try something new and came across this biryani which I had seen in some restaurant menus but never tried. Raw jackfruit is called vegetarian’s chicken so I imagined it might give similar texture. I decided to try it out in my own way after referring several recipes. It did taste yumm probably waking up late and cooking in hurry added its extra ‘magic of urgency’ to it. Here is how I made it.

Ingredients required-

  1. Jackfruit pieces- 1 big bowl
  2. Curd – about 10tsp
  3. Salt – about 1tsp for marination + 1.5tsp
  4. Chilly powder- 2.5tsp(can vary based on spice level required)
  5. Biryani masala – I took MTR Biryani masala 10rs pack which is 15g
  6. Turmeric powder-1tsp
  7. Oil- 4tsp
  8. Ghee – 2tsp
  9. Jeera – 1/2tsp
  10. Onion – 2
  11. Tomato- 1
  12. Ginger- small piece
  13. Garlic- about 10pods
  14. Basmati rice – 1cup
  15. Coriander leaves

Method of preparation-

  • First clean and remove skin of raw jackfruit, cut it into pieces and cook it in a vessel. Preferably do it in advance.
  • Put curd, 1tsp Salt, 1/2tsp turmeric, 1tsp chilly powder, half pack of biryani masala and mix well.
  • Now add the jackfruit pieces and mix well. Keep aside for 30min.
  • Cut 1 onion into small pieces and fry it till brown with 2tsp oil in a pan. Keep aside.
  • Take the cooker, add oil and ghee. Add jeera and finely chopped ginger and garlic.
  • Fry for a while. Now add onion cut into big pieces.
  • Then add tomato cut into big pieces. Mix well
  • Now add the marinated jackfruit pieces.
  • Wash and clean basmati rice and add to the cooker, no soaking required.
  • Add 1/2tsp turmeric powder, salt, 1.5tsp Chilly powder, remaining biryani masala. Give it a good mix
  • Pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  • Finally top with onion pieces and chopped coriander leaves. You can add roasted cashews as well.