BRINJAL/EGGPLANT/AUBERGINE BADENEKAYI GOJJU

This is a style of roasted and mashed eggplant from the  southern state of Karnataka.

It differs a fair bit from Maharashtra’s Vaangi Bharit and Punjab’s Baigan Bharta recipes which you will also find on the website.

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SERVES 4

2 400 GRAM FIRM, PURPLE BRINJAL OR ITALIAN EGGPLANTS

1/2 TSP URAD OR WHITE BENGAL GRAM

1/2 TSP MUSTARD SEEDS

1/4 TSP FENUGREEK SEEDS (OPTIONAL)

PINCH ASAFETIDA

1 TSP TAMARIND EXTRACT OR TO TASTE

1 TABLESPOON CASHEW PIECES UNSALTED

1 TABLESPOON CASHEW POWDER ROASTED AND UNSALTED

1-2 iNDIAN GREEN CHILIES CHOPPED COARSELY (TO TASTE)

1/2 TSP JAGGERY (TO TASTE)

1/2 TBSP PEELED AND CHOPPED GINGER ROOT

1/2 TSP TURMERIC POWDER

3 TABLESPOONS VEGETABLE OIL

CHOPPED CILANTRO OR CORIANDER LEAVES FOR GARNISH

 

METHOD-

Slow roast the whole eggplants on an open flame or over a charcoal grill until they turn soft and fall apart. Cool them then slowly peel off the charred skin. Lightly wash them, remove larger seeds and puree ion a blender with tamarind.

Heat half the vegetable oil on a high flame.Add onions, green chillies and ginger and sauce well. Add to the brinjal puree and blend again.

Heat remaining oil in the same skillet. Add urad dal, then mustard and fenugreek seeds and asafoetida and sauce 1 minute. Add onions and cashew pieces and saute 1 minute.

Add turmeric and saute quickly. Immediately add eggplant puree and stir well. Stir I cashew or peanut powder. Add salt to taste. Adjust tamarind and jaggery.

Garnish with fresh chopped coriander leaves.

Serve hot with rice or flatbreads such as chapatis or rotis or with idlis.

 

 

MYSORE BONDA OR GOLI BHAJJI

Goli Bhajji

A classic Mangalore recipe also called Mysore Bonda and Mangalore Bhaji.

Ingredients

• 3 Green chillies v finely chopped

• 1 tsp Cumin seeds

• 1 tsp julienned Ginger root

• 1 cup water at room temperature

• 1 tablespoon coconut cut into 1/4 inch pieces

• 1 cup plain whole milk Yoghurt(curd)

• 1/4 cup fine rice flour

  • 1 cup maida or all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Vegetable oil for frying

Method:

Combine the flours, sugar and baking soda and stir in cumin, coconut, green chilies, ginger and a teaspoon of salt. Whisk curd and water together. Stir into the flour mixture. You should have a thick batter. Cover and let sit for 1 hour. Do not over beat this batter or you will have tough fritters.

Heat oil to fry on high flame in a small wok or kadai. Fashion the batter using two teaspoons into small balls about an inch wide and fry in hot oil, cook on a medium flame. First fry one until golden brown. Taste it and adjust seasonings before you do the rest. The batter  should be cooked through.

Serve them with your choice of coconut chutney. Recipe for white coconut chutney is here http://www.taradeshpande.in/udupi-style-clas…-coconut-chutney

Bendekaya Gojju Okra and Tamarind curry

Bendekaya Gojju Okra and Tamarind curry

 

 

Gojju in English means pulp and it is generally always a tangy and spicy dish with jaggery and a souring agent such as tamarind or hog plums.

However there are many variations for gojju across the southern states of India. A classic Karnataka dish Gojju can be a mashed eggplant gojju, a soupy onion (eruli) curry, a thick raisin  curry(ona draksha) even a thin tamarind flavoured gravy.

TIP-To prevent Okra from getting gummy during the cooking process wipe the whole vegetable with a slightly damp cloth and then again with a dry one. Do not wash the okra in running water.

Ingredients

250 Gram tender whole Bhindi (lady finger or okra)

1 1/2 Tbsp Tamarind concentrate

Jaggery and salt to taste

Oil

For dry masala:

1 tsp Fenugreek seeds

1 tsp white sesame seeds

1 tsp whole cumin seeds

1 teaspoon split Bengal gram or urad dal

For wet masala paste:

1 Cup Desiccated coconut

1 tsp small black Mustard seeds

1 1/2 tsp Uncooked rice

1/2 tsp Turmeric powder

8 Bedgi dried red chillies, stalks and seeds removed

For tadka/tempering:

2 tbsp vegetable Oil

3 Whole dry red Bedgi or Kashmiri chilies

1/2 tsp small black Mustard seeds

Method

Dry masala:

1.In a dry skillet on medium heat dry roast all the ingredients for the dry masala until fragrant. Stir to prevent burning about 2 minutes. Cool completely then grind into a fine powder. Feel it between your fingertips to make sure it is finely ground and doesn’t feel coarse.

Wet masala paste:

1.In a dry skillet roast all the ingredients for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring to prevent burning. Cool then grind to a coarse consistency. Add some water, a tablespoon at a time and keep grinding until you have a smooth chutney like paste. 

For the okra

Wipe okra clean with a slightly damp cloth. Avoid washing it. Once clean wipe with a dry cloth to remove any liquid. Snip a little bit of the end off- just the tip and slice off the head.

Heat 4 tsp of oil in a skillet on high heat (copper clad if you have one as it facilitates quick browning) and saute the whole okra, turning from time to time until golden brown and blistered on all sides.

Add the ground paste, lower heat to medium and stir well about 2-3 minutes to coat the okra and cook the spices. Stir constantly. 

Add 3 cups of water and the ground spices. Stir in tamarind and a teaspoon of jaggery and salt. Cook until gravy has thickened and the okra is tender. If required add more water to ensure okra is cooked.

Adjust for salt and jaggery.

For tempering

In a small skillet heat 2 tsp of vegetable oil, add all the ingredients for tadka/temper and saute for about 30 seconds without burning them.

Pour the tadka over the bhindi and serve hot. Stir well before serving with hot rice or chapatis.

KERALA KAALAN- YAM AND YOGURT CURRY FOR ONAM SADYA

Ingredients serves 6
100 g of Suran or  elephant yam peeled and diced into 1/2 inch pieces
1 raw banana peeled and diced into 1/4 inch pieces
1 cup of full fat or low fat plain yoghurt/curd thoroughly whisked
2-3 Indian green chillies stalks removed
3.5 tsp. of ghee or vegetable oil plus 1 tsp
½ tsp. turmeric powder
½ tsp. fenugreek seeds
½ tsp. mustard seeds
1 teaspoon black pepper powder
3 dry whole red chillies (Kashmiri ir. Bedgi)
10 fresh green curry leaves
For the masala paste grind together
1 1/2 cups of fresh grated white meat of coconut
½ tsp. whole cumin seeds

Method of Preparation
Grind the  fenugreek  and cumin seeds to a smooth powder  without water in a spice grinder. Then add the green chillies and coconut and grind again adding a little water to facilitate grinding until you have a smooth chutney like paste.

Cook all the vegetables in 6 cups of water with  turmeric powder, 1 tsp ghee or oil and 1 teaspoon salt for 6 minutes on a medium flame.

Add yoghurt and stir well. Lower the flame.

When the vegetables are just tender add the ground coconut mixture and stir well. Bring to a boil and then remove from flame.

Heat 3.5 teaspoons of ghee or oil in a small frying pan. Add  mustard seeds and sauce 1 minute. Then add dry red chillies and curry leaves and cook until fragrant and golden. Pour over the vegetables and stir well. Adjust for salt.

Serve hot with rice or chapatis.

 

Eggless Mango Ice-Cream

eggless mango ice-cream

Ingredients for one kg ice cream
1 l whole milk, plain
2 heaped tablespoon eggless custard powder
1 cup smooth fresh mango puree, whipped in liquidizer (use Langda, Alphonso or any mango with a thick pul
25 grams (1/4 cup) milk powder
100 grams white granulated  sugar
¾ cup plain heavy cream
1.5 tsp agar- agar dissolved in a tablespoon of cold water

Method

Dissolve custard and milk powder powder in a cup of warm milk.

Let remaining milk simmer for 5 – 10 minutes on a medium flame. When it reaches a boil  add dissolved custard powder, milk powder and cook for 10 minutes until mixture thickens. Stir constantly to prevent burning, especially at the bottom of the pan.

Add sugar and cook until dissolved. Strain through a fine sieve and discard any bits and pieces. Stir in the agar-agar until dissolved. Strain again through a fine sieve. Cover tightly with plastic wrap, pressing the wrap down into the surface of the custard to ensure it doesn’t form a skin when cooled and refrigerate until milk mixture is cold. Stir in cold mango puree and cream when the milk is cold. Put this mixture into an ice cream maker or churner and follow its instructions. Churn the ice cream until it is just set and edible. Scoop into a frost free tightly sealed ice-cream container and refrigerate until you are ready to eat it again.

Dip an ice cream scoop into hot water and scoop out the mango ice cream into serving bowls.

 

CRISPY, BUTTERY SMASHED POTATOES WITH GARLIC AND CHIVE CREAM DIP

THESE ARE SO GOOD!! YOU CAN USE MEDIUM SIZE POTATOES AS WELL IF YOU PREFER A LARGER SCOOP. THESE POTATOES SHRINK WHEN BAKED.SERVE THEM AS CANAPES WITH CREAM CHEESE PIPED ON TOP, SERVE THEM AS A CHIP AND DIP OR AS A SIDE WITH A GOOD ROAST. IF YOU USE ONLY OIL AND A CREAM CHEESE SUBSTITUTE THIS DISH IS VEGAN.

 

 

SERVES 4-5

INGREDIENTS

400 GRAMS BABY POTATOES (MIXED COLORS IF YOU CAN FIND THEM)

SALT AND WHITE PEPPER TO SEASON

1/4 CUP VEGETABLE OIL

2 TBSP BUTTER MELTED OR JUST USE OIL

METHOD FOR POTATOES

WASH THE POTATOES AND STEAM THEM USING A PRESSURE COOKER OR STEAMER UNTIL THEY ARE JUST TENDER ENOUGH TO BE PIERCED BY A FORK.

DRAIN THE POTATOES COMPLETELY AND LINE THEM ON A BAKING TRAY.

PREHEAT OVEN TO 375F AND PREPARE MIDDLE RUNG.

USING A POTATO MASHER SMASH EACH POTATO UNTIL JUST BROKEN.  THIS SHOULD TAKE NO MORE THAN ONE BASH. THE AIM IS TO FLATTEN THEM A BIT AND OPEN THEM UP. DONT MASH THEM.

BUTTER THE POTATOES ON BOTH SIDES GENEROUSLY WITH A BRUSH  THEN OIL THEM WITH THE SAME BRUSH. YOU WONT REQUIRE ALL THE OIL SO SAVE IT FOR ANOTHER RECIPE.

SEASON WITH WHITE PEPPER AND THEN  LIGHTLY WITH SALT (REMEMBER YOUR DIP HAS SALT SO YOU NEED TO BALANCE THE SALTINESS)

BAKE IN THE OVEN FOR 35 MINUTES UNTIL GOLDEN AND CRUSTY.

SERVE IMMEDIATELY  WITH DIP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR THE DIP

YOU CNA REPLACE THE CREAM CHEESE WITH A VEGAN TOFUTTI OR ALMOND CREAM CHEESE FOR A VEGAN DIP.

180-200 GRAMS CREAM CHEESE AT ROOM TEMPERATURE

4 BULBS  GREEN ONIONS OR SCALLIONS FINELY CHOPPED

8-10 CHIVES FINELY CHOPPED

1.5 TBSPS FINELY MINCED GARLIC

1 TEASPOON LEMON OR LIME JUICE

ZEST OF ONE LEMON OR LIME

SALT TO TASTE

METHOD:

WHISK THE CREAM CHEESE UNTIL FLUFFY. ADD REMAINING INGREDIENTS AND BEAT UNTIL WELL INCORPORATED. ADD SALT AS REQUIRED AND STIR WELL.

RUM PUM PUMS- CHRISTMAS TRUFFLES WITH RUM, RAISINS AND CHOCOLATE

RUM PUM PUMS-CHRISTMAS TRUFFLES WITH CHOCOLATE RAISINS AND RUM

RUM PUM PUMS-CHRISTMAS TRUFFLES WITH CHOCOLATE RAISINS AND RUM

Ingredients

You can make these little bites entirely vegan and alcohol free as well. These are unevenly shaped and are more like rochers than truffles.

Makes 8-9 truffles

1 cup golden raisins, pips and little stalks removed

1/4 cup cranberries or if unavailable use dark raisins, pips and little stalks removed

1/2 cup dark rum or apple juice

1 tbsp Cointreau or Grand Marnier or orange juice

1 inch cinnamon stick

2 tbspns brown sugar

1.5 cups apple juice

1/4 cup pecans or walnuts broken into small pieces, well toasted

2 tbsp graham crackers crumbs

For the chocolate couverture

30 ozs dark chocolate no more than 70%

1/2 cup cream or use coconut milk for a vegan ganache

1 tbsp castor sugar

1 cup whole-milk or use soy milk

1 tbsp butter or vegetable oil

extra 1/2 oz dark chocolate pieces

Garnish

1 tbsp finely crushed almonds, pecans or walnuts or 8 pieces of candied orange

You will need toothpicks, foil and parchment paper.

Instructions

FOR TRUFFLES

Combine both the raisins or cranberries, cinnamon stick, rum, apple juice and brown sugar in a saucepan and cook on a medium flame until most of the liquid has evaporated and you have a soft sticky mixture. Remove and discard cinnamon stick.

Cool mixture completely. Stir in orange liqueur or juice until well incorporated.

Stir in all remaining ingredients.

Rub your hands with butter or margarine and roll the mixture into 8-9 balls. The balls will be uneven because they contains nuts and raisins.

Lay the ball out on a tray covered with parchment paper. Stick a small toothpick into the centre of each one. Cover tightly and refrigerate 2 hours.

FOR COUVERTURE/GANACHE

Heat the sugar, milk and cream in a small saucepan. When it reaches a boil remove from the fire and quickly stir in all the chocolate. Keep stirring to agitate the chocolate about 1-2 minutes with a spatula. Add an extra 1/2 oz chocolate and stir till it melts- this will help temper the chocolate so you have a shiny coating. Stir in the oil or butter. You should have a shiny and smooth ganache. If it is too thick add in a little more milk and stir vigorously. Pour this into a small bowl with a depth of 3 inches.

ASSEMBLY

Hold the truffle by the toothpick and dip into the sauce. Coat it all over. Then hold it above the bowl and let it drip for a bit to get excess chocolate off. This is will take a minute or so.

Return it to the wax paper with the toothpick still stuck inside. Repeat this for all the truffles.

Slowly pull out the toothpicks. You can hold the truffle down with an extra toothpick as you pull the toothpick out. Drip a little ganache to cover the hole where the toothpick was using a teaspoon. Sprinkle with nuts. Cover the truffLes with foil and refrigerate 2 hours or until you are ready to eat them.

Remove from fridge, place in small paper cases or if you prefer straight on to a small serving platter. Let sit 15 minutes before you serve them.

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MINESTRONE WITH PESTO BRUSCHETTA

MINESTRONE WITH PASTA AND PESTO BUTTER BRUSCHETTA

MINESTRONE WITH PASTA AND PESTO BUTTER BRUSCHETTA

Ingredients

Minestrone is Italy's most famous soup and it has become popular because its easy to make, adaptable and delicious. Over the centuries Minestrone in Italy has changed a great deal. Tomatoes for instance as a newer addition to the soup.

Traditionally minestrone is made with Borlotti beans also known as cranberry beans but they are not always available, Here is my version, which uses ingredients that you can find anywhere. This recipe can be made with bacon or you can use dried mushrooms (as indicated below) for a vegetarian version that is scrumptious. I serve it with a pesto bruschetta reminiscent of the Ligurian version of this soup known as Minestrone all Genovese. But garlic bread is great too. I used Fregola- a toasted semolina pasta in this soup. You can use barley instead if you want a gluten-free version.

SERVES 10

1/2 CUP FINELY CHOPPED BACON OR USE 2 TBSP DRIED PORCINI/SHITTAKE MUSHROOMS FOR VEGETARIANS

3 TBSPN EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OR REGULAR VEGETABLE OIL

1 CUP FINELY CHOPPED WHITE ONION

1/4 CUP FINELY CHOPPED CELERY STALK

1/4 CUP FINELY CHOPPED FRESH GARLIC

5 COOKING POTATOES PEELED AND QUARTERED

2 CUPS CARROTS, SLICED LENGTHWISE AND THEN HALVED INTO 1/4 INCH THICK PIECES

1 CUP YELLOW ZUCCHINI DICED MEDIUM

1 CUP GREEN ZUCCHINI DICED MEDIUM

1 CAN (400G) TINNED BAKED BEANS

1 TEASPOON GROUND WHITE PEPPER OR MORE

1 CUP FREGOLA OR USE SMALL TUBE PASTA OF YOUR CHOICE SUCH AS ELBOW MACARONI,DITALINI OR CONCHIGLIE

SALT TO TASTE

GARNISH

SHREDDED PARMESAN

PESTO BUTTER BRUSCHETTA

80 GRAM FRESH BASIL

6 CLOVES GARLIC

3 TBSPN BUTTER

3 TBSPNS SHREDDED PARMESAN

1/4 CUP PINE NUTS, CHILGOZA OR SKINNED ALMONDS

Instructions

IF MAKING VEGETARIAN MINESTRONE SOAK THE DRIED MUSHROOMS IN 1/2 CUP HOT WATER.

HEAT OIL ON MEDIUM HEAT IN A LARGE SOUP POT. ADD BACON AND COOK UNTIL GOLDEN AND RENDERED. IF VEGETARIAN SKIP THIS STEP.

ADD ONIONS AND CELERY AND SAUTE UNTIL ONIONS ARE SOFT AND TRANSLUCENT-3-4 MINUTES.

ADD POTATOES AND STIR WELL. ADD 1.5 LITERS OF WATER, GROUND PEPPER AND COOK 5-7 MINUTES UNTIL POTATOES SOFTEN.

ADD CARROTS AND COOK ANOTHER 4 MINUTES UNTIL CARROTS SOFTEN.

ADD BEANS, AND COURGETTES AND THE MUSHROOMS WITH THEIR LIQUID (IF USING) AND COOK 2 MINUTES ON HIGH HEAT UNTIL THE SOUP BEGINS TO BOIL.

ADD PASTA AND SWITCH OFF THE FLAME.

ALLOW THE PASTA TO COOK IN THE HEAT OF THE SOUP.

ADD SALT AND MORE PEPPER TO TASTE. LADLE INTO BOWLS.

FOR THE PESTO

PROCESS THE INGREDIENTS TO A CHUNKY CONSISTENCY IN A FOOD PROCESSOR.

FOR THE BREAD

FLAME THE SOURDOUGH OR BAGUETTE OVER AN OPEN FLAME ON BOTH SIDES. IMMEDIATELY BRUSH WITH PESTO BUTTER AND SERVE WITH HOT MINESTRONE AND MORE PARMESAN ON THE SIDE.

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Bucatini con Cavolfiore, Aglio e Pangrattato Tostato: Pasta with Cauliflower, Garlic and Toasted Breadcrumbs

 

Bucatini con cavolfiore, aglio e pangrattato tostato: Pasta with Cauliflower, Garlic and Toasted Breadcrumbs

Bucatini con cavolfiore, aglio e pangrattato tostato: Pasta with Cauliflower, Garlic and Toasted Breadcrumbs

Ingredients

Serves 4 as a main course

350 grams small cauliflower florets

1 pound bucatini/spaghetti/fettuccine

2 tablespoons freshly minced garlic

2 tbsp butter or olive oil

1 tbsp olive oil

1.5 cups whole-milk

1/2 tbsp freshly ground white pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 cup finely chopped parsley - flat leaf is ideal but you can use curly as well

3/4 cup freshly toasted breadcrumbs made from garlic bread

1/2 cup parmesan shredded

1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts or use chilgoza (optional)

Instructions

Set a stock pot of water with 1/2 tsp salt to boil.

Heat the butter and olive oil in a large skillet or saucepan on medium heat. Add the garlic and saute 2 minutes until fragrant.

Add the florets, and toss well. Saute 1-2 minutes.

Add the milk, nutmeg and white pepper and lower flame and let the cauliflower cook until tender to eat but still has some bite.

Add pasta to the boiling water and cook 7 minutes. The pasta should be undercooked.

Strain and add the undercooked pasta to the saucepan with the cauliflower. Add 1/4 cup of the starchy pasta water to the saucepan and toss the pasta until well coated. Let it cook in the sauce another 1 minute or so until al dente.

Switch off flame. Stir in the parmesan and toss well. Taste and adjust for salt.

Add the parsley and toss again.

Garnish with garlic breadcrumbs and pine nuts.

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Gobi ke Pakore- Cauliflower Fritters

Cauliflower Pakoras- Cauliflower Fritter

Cauliflower Pakoras- Cauliflower Fritter

Ingredients

FOR THE FRITTERS

1/2 kg cauliflower head cuts into small florets with stem about 1.25 to 1.5 inches in length and 1 inch wide

Juice half a lime

1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste

1/4 teaspoon turmeric

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh coriander or cilantro leaves

2 green chillies very finely chopped

FOR THE BATTER

1/2 cup chick pea flour or besan

2 tablespoons rice flour

1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder

1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Heat a large saucepan of water on a high flame. When it reaches a boil immerse the cauliflower florets in the boiling water. Let sit 2 minutes, then drain completely.

Wash the cauliflower in cool running water and drain completely.

Combine the lime juice, coriander leaves, green chillies, turmeric, garlic ginger paste and salt. Toss well to coat all the florets. and let sit covered 20 minutes.

In a mixing bowl combine the ingredients for the batter. Using a tablespoon add the flours and spices to the cauliflower 2 tablespoons at a time. Stir well. Allow the flours to absorb the liquid in the florets. Keep adding flour until it clings to the cauliflower. Add water if required a tablespoon at a time.

Do not create a wet runny batter. You want the pakoras to be crispy. The more water you add the more oily and soft the fritter will be. Stop adding the flour once you have a thick sticky, clumpy batter. Taste for seasoning and adjust.

Heat 2.5 inches of oil in a small kadai or wok on high heat. When oil is hot but not smoking reduce flame to medium. Fry one pakora until golden brown. Drain and taste for doneness and salt.

Adjust salt in batter if required.

Repeat with remaining fritters. Serve warm with ketchup or a chutney of your choice.

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