Badanekai Pachadi / Smoked Eggplant Yoghurt Relish
Badanekai or eggplant or brinjal or call it by any of its name was never popular at home. Not my mother’s, not mine. But a few days ago I wanted to make a nice baingan bharta. You can’t go wrong with that now, can you? But instead I did a complete 180 flip and decided to make a yoghurt based relish or as we call it, pachadi. I’ve made many kinds of pachadi before, and this kind would be a first. I had already roasted the eggplant over flame and was cooling it down. Simply mixing it with whisked yoghurt, salt and a tadka meant for a quick side dish.
Prawns and Onion Sauce Recipe
I almost called this a faux XO sauce. It’s a good thing I didn’t. This prawns and onion condiment is so delicious I almost at it all by itself. Its sticky, funky, saltiness flavours makes it hard not to add to everything. Like in XO sauce, I too used dried prawns here along with onions that are caramelized till they’ve mutated into the most delicious dark sticky sweet mass. I’m not aroused, I promise. A little bit of this and a little bit of that, a little cooking here a little mixing there – and then you have this jar of deep dark delicious goodness. I’m over selling. I’ll stop now. Last thing. You can use this as a condiment with any Asian dishes (or boring takeout dinners), even add it to stir fries for extra flavour and of course, eggs.
Green Chutney – Green chilly and coriander based
The green chutney is a staple at home to go with any kind of idli or dosa. The colour comes from green chilli and coriander leaves. That’s why it also tastes very fresh. You can alter the amount of either of the ingredients to suit your taste. But by keeping the chillies on the low means you get to taste all other ingredients. Otherwise, it’s just a spicy chutney.
Red Chutney – Red chilli and garlic based
Red chutney is my personal favourite and a favourite at home. Like many, this one too starts off with coconut. It is made with only red chillies, ginger, garlic and coconut. A tadka of channa dal, urad dal, mustard seeds and curry leaves are added for some crunch and texture. And look how pretty it is!