Curry Noodle Bowl with Dried Prawns

Curry Noodle Bowl

Recipe for curry noodle bowl with dried prawns

I’ve been off my blog for many months now. I don’t have excuses but I have a few reasons. Mainly because I was out of a job and was on a job hunt for the most part. I’m still only doing work on freelance/consultant basis. It takes its toll on the mind. Without dedication and focus (and money), it’s hard to keep a blog up and running. But I’ve been feeling bad about letting this baby of mine take the back seat (more like take the trunk) entirely. Going forward, I’ll try and update a few recipes as and when I feel like it, which essentially means, whenever I am in a better mindset. Till then, follow me on Instagram where I put up pictures.

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Thouthe Koddel / Mangalore Cucumber Curry

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Recipe for thouthe koddel / Mangalore cucumber curry

Thouthe koddel is what I grew up eating. Grandma and mother would make it at least once a week. It’s spicy, sour and is balanced perfectly well with a little jaggery. Like most Mangalorean curries, this one too has a coconut based ground spice mix. Koddel can be made with many vegetables – ash gourd, okra/lady’s finger, Malabar spinach and others. But my koddel was made with Mangalore cucumber, also called Madras cucumber, Thouthe in Tulu and southe kai in Kannada. It is a part of the cucumber family and the texture is close to that of bottle gourd, but tastier. Ideally it shouldn’t be turned into mush. Thouthe pieces should hold their shape and form and have a bit of give when you bite into them.

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Kokum Mutton Curry

mutton curry

Have you seen those red squashes in supermarkets that says kokum juice? It’s mostly made during summers at home because of its cooling properties. It is also great to relieve acid reflux. I recently bought some and used it in my mutton curry. It acts as a souring agent lending a touch of sweetness to the curry. All you need to do is soak the kokum in warm water for it to release its juices. Then add the whole thing to your curry. Even the kokum. It tastes great once the sourness has toned down.

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Eggs In Spicy Gassi | Eggs in spicy curry

Egg Curry

When you’re in no mood to cook but have enough material to whip up something for dinner in just a few minutes and about two steps, it’s time for makeovers for leftovers. Remember my kori sukka from a few days ago? In that post I mentioned I was saving the curry for something else. Here it is. One lazy night I turned it into an egg gassi. I could have made it easier by just cracking open the eggs into the curry but I hard boiled a few eggs and dunked them in the gassi.

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Smoked Mutton Bafat Curry

The last time I made bafat was with pork, a few months ago. This time I wanted it with mutton. Not only that, I wanted it smoked. Who doesn’t love a good smokey flavour, right? Thankfully, the ironing guy had his shop open right beside my house. I got a couple of pieces of coal from him and used it to smoke the mutton curry. It turned out pretty smacking good. The smoke sure did seep through the curry and into the meat. This was lunch, and by dinner the curry got even better. You can find the recipe for bafat powder here.

mutton curry

Ingredients:

Mutton on the bone - 600 gms

Onions - 2 sliced

Green chillies - 2

Bafat powder - 4 tbsp (2 tbsp if you don't want it too spicy)

Tamarind pulp - 1 tbsp if it's a strong paste, 2 if it's juice from the pulp

Garlic - 4 cloves crushed

Ginger - 1 inch piece sliced

Ghee - 2 tbsp

Salt to taste

For smoking:

A katori (small bowl) and 2 tsp of ghee

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Method:

Heat oil in a pressure cooker and saute sliced onions till lightly browned.

Add green chillies, ginger and garlic. Saute some more.

Now add the mutton pieces, bafat powder, tamarind pulp, salt and water just enough to cover the meat.

Put the lid of the cooker on without the whistle and when you see the steam escaping the nozzle, put the whistle on. Cook on high till the first whistle is out. Then cook on low heat for 15 to 20 mins.

Let the pressure drop on its own before you open the lid.

Now open the lid, place the small bowl with the hot coal in it in the centre and pour 2 tsp of ghee on it. It will immediately emit smoke and you need to put the lid back on. Let it sit like that for 15 mins. No need to move it else the coal might end up in your curry. Take the lid off and remove the bowl with the coal. Reheat before serving.

I served this with peas pulao. You could serve with plain rice, jeera rice or any other kind of rice.

 

 

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Hot and Sour Drumstick Curry with Cabbage Palya

I’ve completely gotten into this mode of cooking a proper vegetarian meal every night this week. Thankfully I had the ground coconut masala and cooked tur dal in the fridge already. All I needed to do was cook the vegetables and bring it together with the dal and masala. The cabbage palya barely took 7-8 minutes to cook, so it wasn’t an elaborate process.

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The drumstick curry

Yield: Enough for 4 people

Ingredients:

Drumstick - 2 medium ones cut into 2 inch pieces

Red shallots (sambar onions) - 7-8

Tomato - 1 quartered

Masala - 3 tbsp of previously ground masala + 3 dried red chillies + 3 cloves garlic + 1 tsp tamarind pulp all ground together

Cooked tur dal - 1/2 cup

Jaggery - 1 tbsp crushed

Chilly powder - 1 tsp

Tamarind pulp water - 1/4 cup

Coriander leaves for garnish

Salt - to taste

Tempering:

Ghee/oil - 1 tbsp

Mustard seeds - 1 tsp

Urad dal - 1 tsp

Curry leaves - 2 sprigs

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Method:

Cook drumsticks in water for 6-7 minutes or till it's slightly soft when you poke it with a fork/knife (I didn't know how else to check) and keep aside with the water it was cooked in.

Heat oil/ghee and add all the ingredients for tempering and let them splutter.

Now add the tamarind water and let it come to a boil for about 3-4 mins.

Add the masala and dal along with tomatoes and shallots. Let this bubble on medium heat for 5 minutes.

Add the drumsticks, salt and chilly powder.

Take it off the heat and garnish with coriander leaves.

The cabbage palya

Ingredients:

Cabbage - 1 small, shredded

Oil - 2 tbsp

Mustard seeds - 1 tbsp

Channa dal - 1 tsp

Curry leaves - 1 sprig

Chilly powder - 1 tsp

Turmeric - 1-2 tsp (depending on how you like it)

Salt - to taste

Method:

Heat oil and add mustard seeds, channa dal and curry leaves. Let them splutter.

Add the turmeric and chilly powder.

Add cabbage and stir well.

Add salt and cook for 5 minutes. I like mine slightly on the crunchier side. If you want it to be cooked though completely cook it longer.

I served the curry and cabbage with rice and a side of yoghurt and mango pickle.

 

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Mutton Korma

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When you’re cooking for friends, it’s got to be something special and it’s got to be good. I’d done enough with chicken and took upon making some good mutton curry. And that decision was taken at the butcher’s shop while I was browsing the masala section as he chopped the meat into pieces. Behind one masala box I found the recipe of Mutton Korma. It seemed fairly simple to make and without too many ingredients. That kind works best for me.

Yield:

6 servings

Ingredients:

Marinate 1 kilo mutton pieces – leg and shoulder – overnight in:
1/2 cup curd
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp chilli powder
Juice of one lemon
Salt to taste

Ingredients for curry:
1/4 cup ghee
2 medium sized onions finely sliced
1 medium sized onions finely sliced and fried till golden brown, for garnish
1 inch cinnamon piece
4 cloves
4 cardamom pods
200 gm set curt hung for a couple of hours and whipped till smooth
1 tsp each of – cumin powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder
1 tbsp tamarind pulp
2 tbsp tomato puree
Salt to taste

Method:
1. Heat ghee and add cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.
2. Add onions and saute till light brown.
3. Add marinated mutton pieces along with marinade.
4. Add whipped curd, cumin, turmeric and chilli powder.
5. Mix well and add tamarind pulp along with tomato puree.
6. Add water till mutton is just about immersed in it.
7. Let it all come to a boil on medium heat, and then cook for around 50 mins on low flame. If it still seems a little undercooked, let it stay on the flame for another 10 mins.
8. Take off heat. Garnish with fried onions, coriander leaves and almond flakes if you have any.

Goes great with paranthas, rice, rotis, anything.

Notes:
* I first hang the curd and then whip it so it’s smooth and won’t curdle in the heat. Even if it does look curdled, don’t worry, by the end it works out just fine.

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Creamy Spicy Chicken Curry

I don’t know what to call this curry, to be honest. It’s rich, creamy and a tad spicy – all of which you can alter to your taste. What’s different with this curry is the ground paste I add in the end which makes it rich and bloody delicious!

Marinade:
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp sugar
1/2 cup curd
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt to taste

Mix all of the above and marinate 1 kg chicken (on the bone cut into pieces) with it for 4-5 hours or overnight.

Ingredients for curry:
4 onions chopped, sauted in oil till transparent and pureed
4 tomatoes pureed
1 tsp jeera
2 green chillies slit
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1 tbsp ghee/butter/oil

Method:
1. Heat ghee/butter/oil (I went with butter), add chillies, jeera and then tip the onion puree into it.
2. Cook till it turns light brown in colour and add ginger-garlic paste with salt. Saute for 2 mins.
3. Add turmeric and chilli powders and mix well.
4. Add tomato puree.
5. Add the chicken with the marinade into this onion tomato mixture.
6. Cook for 25 mins or till done.
7. In the meanwhile make the paste which goes into the curry in the end.

[Ingredients for paste:
2 onions finely chopped
Handful of cashew nuts
1 inch cinnamon stick
4-5 cloves
4-5 cardamoms
1/4 cup fresh cream

Method:
1. Saute chopped onions in oil/ghee with cloves, cardamom, cinnamon till they’re brown in colour.
2. Cool and blend it in your mixer with cream and cashew nuts till it’s a fine paste.]

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8. Once chicken is cooked, add the paste and let it cook for another 2 mins.
9. Take off heat and garnish with coriander leaves.

You can alter this by omitting the cream or even the cashew nuts. But don’t leave out the browned onions because it adds a nice caramel flavour to the dish. It sounds odd, but it’s delicious. Serve with rotis or rice.

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Potato and Poached Egg Curry

Thanks to my Mangalorean lineage, I love coconut – in, on, under, over, however! In this recipe, eggs are poached in the curry. I don’t know if we went to Israel or they came to Mangalore for a holiday, but there’s a Shakshuka connection somewhere in the eggs poaching in curry/sauce. Why this is a quick dish for me is that I make the coconut based masala and store it in the fridge way before. It becomes the base for my chicken, mutton and vegetable curry. It’s most convenient when you’re a working person, and all you need to do it cook the vegetables out in the masala. You can then either add any kind of stock or simply use coconut milk for some gravy.

Serves 4

Ingredients:
3 tsp of the ground coconut masala
1 tbsp ghee or oil
1 medium onion finely chopped
1 tetrapack coconut milk (200 ml or approx a cup)
1 medium tomato finely chopped
1 tsp tamarind pas
2 large potatoes cooked and diced
4 eggs
Chopped coriander for garnish
Salt to taste

Method:
1. Heat oil/ghee and add onions.
2. Let it turn golden brown and then add the curry paste.
3. It will turn darker in colour (2-3 mins) and then add the tomatoes and salt.
4. Add coconut milk and a cup of water to dilute the curry.
5. Let it come to a bubble before you add the potatoes.
6. Now gently crack each egg open into the curry, at four different spots.
7. Cover and lower the flame. Let it cook further for 5-7 mins or till the yolks are set.
8. Garnish with coriander and serve with rice.

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Fried Fish in Coconut Milk

I wanted fish curry, minus the fuss. From breaking a coconut, scraping the flesh and grinding it with a hundred spices wasn’t something I was ready for. Hence, the shortcut – onion and tomato gravy base with coconut milk.

Ingredients:
Fish – 250 gms boneless
Onion – 2 medium
Tomato – 2 medium
Coconut milk – 1 tetrapack (200 ml)
Dried red chilly – 1
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Coriander leaves – handful
Fresh green/red chillies – 2
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Garam masala – 1 tsp
Oil – 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Note: Marinate the fish in ginger garlic paste and salt for a couple of hours. Shallow fry in hot oil till cooked, and keep aside.
Method:
1. Grind onions with the dried red chilly to a paste.
2. Heat the oil, add curry leaves and let them splutter.
3. Tip in the onion paste along with chopped green/red chillies paste and let it cook down till the paste has browned.
4. Add chopped tomatoes, turmeric and garam masala. Cook for a couple of minutes.
5. Add the fried fish.
6. Add coconut milk and stir well.
7. Garnish with more fresh red chillies and coriander.
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