Mar 30, 2014

Welcoming Jaya nama Samvatsara - Yugadi 2014

Happy Yugadi to all!

We celebrated Yugadi with a Pooja and traditional Konkani Yugadi lunch put together by friends and family. What a wonderful way to welcome the new year!

Here is the menu, clockwise starting from the rice in the picture
Devastana Saaru
Avnas Ambe Sasam
Chane Gashi
Taushe Kosumbari
Tendle ani Bibbe Upkari
Mirsange Happol

We also had Adgayi, JeevkaDgi podi, maDDi podi, Churmundo and Jelebi. But did not get an opportunity to click pictures of those.

Jul 24, 2012

Potato Stir Fry / Batate Usli

Simple Potato Stir Fry / Batate Usli
There is no other vegetable as versatile as a humble potato. Most of the times potato gets lost in blend of spices or is used as a filler among other vegetables. This stir fry is rather a simple dish put together in 10 minutes with the potatoes being the center of attraction. The Konkani name for it is "Batate Usli", often served alongside Chapatis or Pooris.

2-3 medium sized potatoes
1 sprig curry leaves
A pinch or 2 of hing

Jun 29, 2012

Konkani Chick Pea Stew / Chane Vaagu

Spicy Chick Pea Stew/ Vaagu
Konkani Chick Pea Stew / Chane Vaagu
Vaagu in Konkani means Tiger. Its also the name of a spicy stew, perhaps named for its beautiful Orange color and the heat of the red chillies that bring the mouth on fire.

The traditional Konkani Vaggu is made with potatoes and the sauce is prepared by grinding whole roasted spices. This dish has a strong flavor of hing and curry leaves. This recipe is simplified and some of the ingredients are substituted.

Jun 12, 2012

How to cut a Jackfruit?

I grew up in the Coastal Karnataka where Jackfruit is in abundance. Back then, not many years back, almost every house with the backyard had a Jackfruit tree, a mango tree and few coconut trees.Since everyone had access to fresh grown Jackfruits I never realized how delicious and exotic these Jackfruits were!

Sep 8, 2011

Tomato Saaru / Devatsana Saaru/ Spicy Tomato Soup

I grew up in the small town of Puttur which was a quite town back then. Most of the socializing was during a temple festival or events/utsav's which is usually followed by a delicious finger licking meal for everyone who visited the festivities. These meals are often called boori samaradhane in Konkani which means meals for everyone. Back then I did not find these meals exciting, simply because there were too many of them and often. Waiting long hours for the meals to be served, on a hungry stomach wasn't very exciting. But when the meals are served on a banana leaves and the aroma of the saaru, dalitoy, gashi, pickles noNche filled the lunch rooms ..ah it was worth the the wait. It is a memory to be cherished.