Taro Chilli Roast

A no onion garlic recipe which was tasty and full of flavour.

Ingredients:

Taro – 1 cup sliced into 1 cm roundels.

Oil or ghee – 1.5 table spoons

Tamarind paste – 1 t spoon

Water – 2 cups

Tomato – 1 diced

Mustard-1/4 spoon

Curry leaves – 1 sprig.

Chilli powder – 1 t spoon

Asafoetida – 2-3 pinches

Turmeric – less than 1/4 spoon

Cumin Powder – 1 t spoon.

Coriander leaves – 1 table spoon fine chopped.

Salt as per taste.

Method:

In a small vessel heat some water and add in the peeled and sliced taro slices and simmer for 4 minutes.

Put off the flame and in a colander strain it and hold it under a open tap for 30 seconds.

This step is done to remove the slimy texture.

Now heat another cup of water and boil the taro for two more minutes.

Add salt and the tamarind paste and keep aside.

In a pan heat the ghee and add in mustard and curry leaves and as it sputters toss in the diced tomatoes and sauté for a minute.

Now add salt, turmeric, asafoetida, cumin powder and chilli powder and sauté for about two minutes.

Finally add the cooked taro slices and lightly mix them.

Sauté on low flame for another two minutes and garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.

jackfruit fritters(Mulik)

Jackfruit is one fruit which can be enjoyed in different ways.

I love them as is when it’s ripe. The raw jackfruit is also used in curries and in preparation of various delicacies.

Today I made some jackfruit fritters which turned out awesome. The colour, the texture and taste was perfect.

We call it Mulik in konkani.

The whole house was filled with the sweet aroma as I was frying the Muliks.

Ingredients:

Semolina/Suji rava – 1 cup

Grated coconut – 1 cup

jack fruit sliced – 1 cup

Jaggery – 2 table spoons

Salt – as per taste

Method:

Grind the Jackfruit segments , jaggery and grated coconut to paste.

Not coarse nor smooth.

Then mix Suji rava and salt.

Transfer the bowl to the refrigerator.

In about half an hour make small balls and fry until golden in colour.

You may increase the quantity of the jaggery based on sweetness of the jackfruit .

Heat oil for frying the Muliks or fritters.

Keep the heat on medium flame and fry three to four balls at a time until golden brown.

Enjoy them hot or at room temperature.

Java Plum (Jambul) Raita

Java Plum also known as Indian blackberry or Jambul in India is a super food which has many benefits eaten as is or juiced.

It is nourishing for the skin and beneficial to diabetics as it helps to control the spikes in blood sugar.

When in season I try to incorporate in as many ways possible in our diet.

Healthy, nutritious and tasty as well.

Today made some raita. It was very appetising and tasty.

Enjoyed it with rice and roti.

Ingredients:

Brined Jambul – 4

Curd – 1 bowl(preferably hung curds)

Green chillies – 2

Asafoetida – 3 pinches.

Black salt – 2 pinches.

Method:

In a bowl add the finely chopped green chillies, asafoetida, black salt and hung curds and mix them together and keep aside.

Now deseed the Jambuls and mash them with you finger tips and add it to the curd mixture.

Mix well and enjoy it it cold or at room temperature as per ones preference.

Please note:

The jambuls are brined and so add salt only if required.

Brined Baby Beets Raita

Bought some baby beets which looked tender and could be pickled or brined.

So prepared them for brining and stored the jar in the refrigerator for a month.

Today made some raita from the grated brined beet.Loved the raita and enjoyed it with hot steaming rice and rasam.

Simple and appetising meal….

Ingredients:

Brined Beet Raita

Brined Beet- 2 small grated.

Hung curds-1 bowl

Salt if needed as the beet is brined.

Oil-1 t spoon

Asafoetida-2-3 pinches.

Mustard -1/4 spoon

Green chillies- 2 finely chopped.

Method:

In a bowl add the hung curds and the grated beet. Check if salt is needed.

Heat a small pan and add the mustard, Hing and chopped green chillies and pour it over the beet and curd mixture.

Mix well and enjoy as it or refrigerated.

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Suran Kootu

This is a no heat or cook dish.

Ingredients

Yam – 1 piece

Bedgi chillies-4 to 5

Guntur chilli – 2

Mustard-1/4 spoon

Methi – 6 to 8 seeds

Coriander seeds -1 t spoon

Hing -2-3 pinches

Tamarind – size of a chana.

Coconut -3 table spoons.

Coconut oil -1 small Vati (for frying the suran pieces)

Salt as per taste.

For tempering

Mustard -1/2 spoon

Coconut oil 1 table spoon

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Method:

Clean the yam and remove the peels.

Now slice it into very thin and small bits

Apply a little salt and keep aside for about 10-15 minutes.

Squeeze out the excess water from the yam and keep aside.

In a small pan heat the oil and fry the suran pieces till golden and crisp.

Drain them on a paper towel.

Now in a spoon of oil roast the mustard, coriander, chillies, methi and Hing until you get a nice aroma.

Now grind all the above roasted ingredients with the grated coconut and tamarind adding about 1/4 glass of water.

Add the ground mixture to the suran and mix well.

You may add salt if needed as the suran has salt.

Mix well and give the tempering of mustard and curry leaves in coconut oil.

Wild Jackfruit gojju(Chutney)

The wild jackfruit also known as Paach panas (in Konkani)is a fruit available in the forests mostly in southern parts of India. It’s a sweet sour tasting fruit which has segments like the jackfruit but with smaller segments and seeds which are found in a cluster.inside the poky skin.

The fruit is delicious as is.

The raw fruits are plucked before they ripen and the thorny skin is scraped off and then they are brined in salt water for few months until they soften and are ready to be used to make a variety of chutneys, pickle and other dishes.

It’s nutritious as well as appetising.

Ingredients:

Wild Jackfruit – 1/2 piece of the fruit.

Red chilli – 4-5

Tamarind – pea sized

Garlic – 2 cloves.

Desiccated coconut – 2 table spoons.

Method:

Apply a little oil to the chillies and roast them over the gas flame.

Keep it aside.

Roast the garlic cloves along with the peels.

Now steam the piece of wild jackfruit for about 10 minutes until it is done.

Allow it to come to room temperature.

Now grind the wild jackfruit along with the coconut, tamarind, chillies and garlic cloves to a smooth paste.

Transfer the mixture to a bowl and enjoy it with roti or rice.

I love this Chutney with curd and steamed rice and also with porridge.

You may add salt if required as the wild jackfruit is brined.