Breakfast chutney Side Dish

Onion Tomato Curry

There are some food items which tastes best when someone prepares it. Even though we follow the same procedure when they prepare it, it is different. This one curry is my sisters recipe – it is a combination of bombay chutney and zunka with slight modifications. We simply call it tomato piyava randayi. We pair it with neer dosa, chapati, buns, pav etc. Basically easy gravy with great taste.

Ingredients required:

  1. Jeera – 1/4tsp
  2. Garlic – 5-6
  3. Medium onion -2
  4. Tomato – 3
  5. Green chilli – 2
  6. Coriander leaves
  7. Gram flour -4tsp
  8. Chilli powder – 1tsp
  9. Turmeric powder – 1/4tsp
  10. Oil – 4tsp
  11. Salt to taste

Method of preparation:

  • Cut the onion, tomato n green chili into small pieces
  • Take a pan add oil. Once it is hot add jeera. Let it splutter
  • Next add garlic n fry till golden. Now add finely chopped green chilli n fry well. Then add onion and fry till golden brown.
  • Then add tomatoes and cook till they turn mushy.
  • Now add salt, turmeric powder and chilli powder. Chilli powder quantity can be varied as per spicy level needed.
  • Mix everything very well till it looks like masala. Now add gram flour and fry along with the masala. This step is very important otherwise a raw taste of gram flour might come.
  • Once done add little water and dissolve the mixture. Do not add more water as it may create lumps. Once everything is dissolved add about 1.5cup water or more to get the desired consistency.
  • At this point we add 123 noodles masala to get a tangy taste. You may add pav bhaji masala, chole masala, maggi magic masala etc or completely avoid if you don’t like it.
  • Finally add chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.

Note : capsicum can also be added along with onion and tomatoes.

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Buns with Sambar

Buns with Sambar

I like it when the Mangalore buns is dry and pillowy with slight sweetness from sugar and hint of sourness from mysore banana and curd. Even though baking soda is essentially added to it, if it is not in right amount buns tends to become oily and taste salty. So quality and quality of the ingredients play an important role in making the buns perfect.

And how people like to eat buns also varies. Some relish it as it is for evening snack. Some prefer chutney with buns. And others like Sambar to be paired with buns. As I write this I remember the buns and kurma from Hotel Triveni in Udupi which has been consistent in taste n texture over the time.

Few days back when mom prepared and gave me buns dough, I utilized the extra time I got in making an elaborate Sambar which makes one of the best and fulfilling combo. The Sambar recipe here is my moms recipe which I have been following and it never fails. Here is how we prepare it.

Ingredients required-

For Buns :

  1. Banana – 3-4 ( preferably mysore variety)
  2. Sugar – about 5 tsp( can increase if you like it sweet)
  3. Curd – about 10 tsp( I used nandini, if using home made it maybe slightly sour)
  4. Baking soda – 1/4tsp
  5. Salt – a pinch
  6. Maida – about 2-2.5 cup
  7. Gram flour- 3tsp
  8. Jeera – 1/2tsp
  9. Oil – for frying

For Sambar :

  1. Coriander seeds- 1tsp
  2. Jeera – 1 tsp
  3. Chana dal – 2tsp
  4. Urad dal – 2tsp
  5. Red chilly – about 5
  6. Grated Coconut – about 5 tsp
  7. Pepper – 1tsp
  8. Tamarind – gooseberry size
  9. Turmeric – 1/2tsp
  10. Hing – 1/4tsp
  11. MTR sambar powder – 2tsp
  12. Toor dal – 1/2 cup
  13. Onion – 1
  14. Tomato – 1
  15. Potato – 1
  16. Beans – about 10
  17. Carrot – 1
  18. Green chilly -3
  19. Vegetables such as ladies finger, brinjal, drumstick etc
  20. Coriander leaves
  21. Salt to taste
  22. Oil -2 tsp
  23. Mustard – 1 tsp
  24. Curry leaves- 1+1 strand

Method of preparation –

Buns :

  • In a wide vessel take the peeled banana n mash it well.
  • To this add sugar, salt, curd and baking soda. Mix well.
  • Now add the gram flour and mix.
  • Then add the maida and keep mixing till you get the dough consistency.
  • Kneed it well for about 10min to make a soft dough.
  • Finally sprinkle jeera and keep it covered over night.
  • Next morning you can see the dough will be double in size.
  • Make small balls and roll like poori by dusting maida
  • Deep fry in oil.

For Sambar :

  • Roast the coriander, jeera, urad dal, chana dal, red chilly, pepper, turmeric, hing, 1 strand curry leave with a tsp of oil.
  • Once it turns aromatic add coconut and tamarind.
  • Grind to prepare a fine paste by adding MTR sambar powder
  • Cut onion, tomato, potato, beans and carrot into big pieces. Also slit the green chilly.
  • Wash the toor dal and add to pressure cooker.
  • Also add the above cut vegetables except onion to the cooker. Add enough water n pressure cook for 3 whistle.
  • Once pressure is released open the lid, add salt and onion. Also add vegetables such as ladies finger/brinjal/drumstick.
  • Cook for about 5min and then add the prepared masala along with water to adjust the consistency.
  • Mix well and allow to boil for about 10min.
  • Prepare a tadka of mustard and curry leaves in oil or ghee and add at the end.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.

Note :

You can skip preparing the masala and increase the quantity of sambar powder. This method above makes thick sambar which can be had as a side dish for breakfast and can be paired with rice/roti as well.

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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Cabbage Ambado

Cabbage ambado / pakoda

There are different ways in which cabbage ambado is prepared. In one of the method rice is soaked and ground with toor dal and it requires bit of a planning. But if you want to prepare it instantly then you can follow this method. The food carts also use same method to prepare these mouth watering ambades.

Ingredients required-

  1. Finely chopped Cabbage -1 cup
  2. Bombay rava – 1/2 cup
  3. Besan/gram flour- 3-4tsp
  4. Coriander seeds – 1tsp
  5. Chilly powder – 2-3tsp
  6. Salt to taste
  7. Hing- 1tsp
  8. Green chilly – 1
  9. Water
  10. Oil for frying

Method of preparation-

  • Firstly chop the cabbage and also green chilly into tiny pieces
  • Crush the coriander seeds and add to the cabbage
  • Now add salt and chilly powder, hing powder and mix everything well. Allow it to rest for sometime so that cabbage softens.
  • Then add gram flour and rava. You can add more rava if cabbage turns more watery.
  • Adjust it till you can form small tikkis. You can add very little water if mixture turns too dry.
  • Now heat the oil and deep fry them. Better to fry on medium heat so that it is uniformly cooked and does not burn from outside.
  • You can serve it for lunch/dinner or as evening snacks.

Breakfast chutney Dosa

Mint / Pudina Chutney

Mint / Pudina Chutney

I have always been ignorant about chutney. I used to eat dosa or idli with the curry more than with chutney. I have always passed that bowl of chutney which comes with masala dosa😁 Only after I got married I thought about chutney seriously as my husband equally admires chutney as much as dosa!

Still I was not much interested in preparing it, and once or twice got from Boon. Though it served the purpose, getting both bili chutney and kempu chutney together was a bad idea and it remained and we struggled to finish it😅

This made me think as wasting food never makes me feel good. I thought of chutney as those people in our life whom we don’t consider as important yet they are significant part of our life. Same way chutney is that small part of any breakfast spread which adds lots of flavor and taste.

This also made me realize the person who gets the grocery or cooks the food at home has lots of influence on what the family eats! Example, I like green peas more and try to add it in as many dishes. I used to rarely prepare chutney because I dint like it. These are the small things which affects overall food habits of the family. Do you agree?

Thus finally when I started preparing chutney I started liking it. After all accepting small things can make life more joyful! I prepare different chutneys now, but favorite has been Pudina Chutney. I have always wasted the pudina bunch after preparing juice, but when I started preparing this, I am utilizing the mint leaves completely.

Ingredients required:

  1. Mint / Pudina leaves – 1 cup
  2. Freshly grated coconut – 1cup
  3. Ginger – small piece
  4. Tamarind- gooseberry size
  5. Salt to taste
  6. Green chilly- 1
  7. Oil – 2tsp
  8. Mustard- 1tsp
  9. Curry leaves- 1 strand
  10. Urad dal – 1tsp
  11. Red chilly – 1

Method of preparation-

  • In a mixi jar add mint leaves, Coconut, ginger, tamarind, salt, green chilly and grind to a fine paste along with a very little water.
  • Transfer it to a bowl and add water from cleaning the mixi.
  • Adjust water as per thickness required.
  • Prepare a tadka with mustard, curry leaves, urad dal, red chilly (cut into pieces) in oil(preferably Coconut oil)
  • Add to the chutney and mix well before serving.