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.
konkanirecipe Lunch phodi Side Dish Snacks streetfood

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.
Lunch Side Dish

Gulla bajji

Gulla Bajji / Brinjal Gojju

There are a number of ways in which we cook food – boiling, steaming, frying etc. In this recipe we directly fry the brinjal on gas. If we have wood fire the taste will be still enhanced. This is a simple yet lip smacking recipe if you like fire roasted veggies.

1. big brinjal
2. Tamarind – lemon sized
3. Grated coconut – about 5tsp
4. Green Chilly -4-5
5. Salt
6. Coconut oil – 2tsp

  •  Take one big brinjal and roast it directly on flame. Keep turning it so that it is cooked evenly from all the sides.
  •  Cool it and remove outer skin which will be charred.
  •  Now have a look at inner content for any spoilt spots or worms. Once done mash it well with hands.
  •  Now take a small lemon sized tamarind and prepare its extract by adding water.
  •  To mashed brinjal add about 5tsp grated coconut, 4-5 crushed green chilly (depending on spice level). If you have birds eye chilly use them.
  •  Add salt to taste, tamarind extract and mixed everything well with hands.
  •  Finally add 2tsp of Coconut oil and mix.

This goes well with pej/ಗಂಜಿ or dali toy.