Showing posts with label Drumsticks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Drumsticks. Show all posts

Potato and Drumsticks in a Mustard Gravy (Oriya Style)

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Laziness… that’s all is my excuse. It’s been a very long time since I posted. Initially, I had an excuse, I took a weeklong vacation to my parents’ house. Who blogs on vacation, right? *sheepish smile*. I relaxed whilst watching the monsoon and drinking endless cups of tea. Playing board games and watching TV. Then I had to answer 2 exams, I helped paint a school etc etc. But after that, only laziness. I have seen this quote making rounds on Facebook “Laziness is the mother of all evils, but she is a mother and we need to respect her :P”. So maybe I was just showing respect :P




At lunch the other day, we were discussing how bad the cafeteria okra was and then one colleague told us a recipe his mom used to cook okra. He said the same Oriya recipe is used for potatoes, brinjals, drumstick etc. He wasn’t aware of any popular name for the dish. Also, I got some vague quantities, so I just used my instincts with measurements. In the end, it turned out awesome. I did try it with okra, but I liked the potato and drumsticks better. The following recipe serves 2.

Potato and Drumsticks in a Mustard Gravy (Oriya Style)



Drumsticks and Potato in a mustard sauce - Oriya style curry

Recipe Type:  Main Course
Cuisine:          Indian / Oriya
Prep Time:     45 minutes (Includes the soaking time)
Cook time:     45 minutes
Yield:              2 servings

Ingredients:

2 Potatoes
1 Drumstick (Optional)
2-3 cloves
2 Yellow Mustard Seeds
2 Tbsp Poppy seeds / Khus khus
2 tsp Vegetable Oil
½ tsp Turmeric powder
½ tsp Mustard Oil
2-3 dry Red Chillies
Salt to taste
Water

Method:

Soak the mustard, garlic and poppy seeds in half a cup of water and keep aside for at least 30 mins.
Chop the potato into rough cubes.
Peel and chop the drumstick into chunks.
Drain the mustard, garlic and poppy and grind into a fine paste using a little water.
Heat the vegetable oil and the red chillies.
Add the potatoes and turmeric powder and stir fry them for 30 secs.
Add the drumstick and fry for 30 secs
Add the mustard paste and mix until the vegetables are coated with it.
Add 1 cup of water and salt and cover and cook until the potatoes are cooked.
Add water to get desired consistency.
Add a dash of mustard oil once the pan is off the stove and mix well.
Serve hot with roti or bread
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Avial

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Avial is I believe a Tamil/ Kerala version of the Kannada majjige huli. Majjige huli is made only from white pumpkin, but Avial has loads of vegetables. An awesome combination with dosa or adai (dal dosa). Don't fret if you don't have all the vegetables mentioned in the list, just add what you have at home and make your own version of avail like I did.




Avial


stew made with vegetables, coconut and yogurtSouth Indian stew made with vegetables, coconut and yoghurt

Recipe Type:  Main Course
Cuisine:          South Indian
Prep Time:     20 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Yield:              2-3 Servings

Ingredients:

1/3 cup Coconut
3 tsp Jeera / Cumin Seeds
2-3 Green Chillies
1 cup Curd / Yoghurt
2.5-3 cups of mixed Vegetables
4-5 Curry Leaves
2 tsp Oil
Water
Salt

Method:

  • Cut all the vegetables roughly, appx 1” pieces.  Generally used vegetables for avail are Drumstick, Carrot, French beans, Yam, Pumpkin, Raw banana and brinjal. I did not have all these, so I used Carrot, French beans, brinjal, potato and capsicum.
  • Boil water in a pan and add the vegetables to it and cook until they are done but still firm. Add the vegetables that take longer to cook first. Veggies like brinjal, capsicum, raw banana can be added after 3-4 mins.
  • Grind together coconut, 2 tsp jeera and green chillies into a fine paste.
  • Add the paste to the vegetables once the vegetables are done
  • Add salt and 1 cup water and boil for 3-4 mins. Adjust the water according to the desired consistency.
  • Beat the curd until smooth and add to the avial. Cook for 2 mins on low flame.
  • Heat oil in a small pan and add the cumin seeds. Once they slightly brown, add the curry leaves and pour this tempering to the avial.
  • Enjoy hot with rice or dosa.
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