Monday, March 31

Sunday Meals #15

Introducing three more andhra dishes. These days I am sticking to andhra food for weekends also reason being I have to watch out my diet. I am once again close to getting gestational diabetis. So I need to be in control and maintain diet and exercise for four more months. This way I will get a chance to introduce you all to simple yet tasty andhra dishes. So here is what I cooked for this weekend:

Thotakura Pappu (Amaranth leaves dal)
Vankaya chikkudukaya kura (Brinjal indian broad beans curry)
Dosakaya mukkala pachadi (Melon cucumber chutney)

Here is the recipe for Thotakura pappu:

1 bunch Thotakura chopped finely (Amaranth leaves) (If you do not find fresh one, look out for Tindal Jo Ni Bhaji in frozen section in indian stores, it is thotakura)
1/3 cup Split Moong Dal
2 small Green Chillies finely chopped
a pinch Turmeric Powder
Salt as per taste

For Tadka:
1/2 tsp urad dal
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
2 dry red chillies chopped into 3 to 4 pieces
a pinch of asafoetida
1 tsp oil

Wash and cook dal in a pan with double measure of water. After first boil add the amaranth leaves, green chillies and turmeric powder. Cook until the dal is completely cooked and slightly mushy. Add salt and cook for couple of more minutes. Do the tadka in a separate pan and add to the dal. This taste great with hot steamed rice only and accompanied by fried uramirapakayalu/challa mirapakayalu (Buttermilk green chillies).

Recipe for Vankaya chikkudukaya kura:

1/4 kg chikkudukayalu chopped into 2" wide pieces(Indian broad beans)
2 big long chinese eggplants
1 medium tomato
1 tsp red chilli powder
a pinch of turmeric powder
salt as per taste
1 tbsp chopped cilantro

For tadka:
1/2 tsp urad dal
1/2 tsp chana dal
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp oil

Heat oil in a wide pan and add tadka ingredients. Once they splutter add the chopped chikkudukayalu and chopped eggplant. Add salt and turmeric powder and cook until the eggplant is half cooked. Now add chopped tomato and chopped cilantro and cook until the tomato is completely cooked, by this time, eggplant and chikkudukayalu also will be cooked. Add the chilli powder and mix everything together until all is well blended. This taste great with both rice and hot phulkas. I usually make atleast one item that goes well with phulkas so that I can have it with my whole wheat phulkas.

Recipe for Dosakaya pachadi:

1 Dosakaya (Melon cucumber) chopped finely
Salt as per taste
a pinch of turmeric powder
1/2 small lime sized ball of tamarind

For tadka:
1/2 tsp chana dal
1/2 tsp urad dal
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
3 to 4 dry red chillies
3 to 4 green chillies
a pinch of asafoetida
1 tsp oil

Heat oil in a pan and add dals, mustard and fenugreek seeds and red chillies. Once the dals turn golden brown colour add green chillies and asafoetida. And turn off the heat. Take it into a blender and add tamarind, salt and turmeric powder. Grind until it becomes a coarse paste now add the chopped dosakaya and pulse it just for couple of times. Make sure dosakaya will not become completely mushy. You should be able to see the chunks of dosakaya. This is great with hot steamed rice with a dollop of ghee.



Dhivya said...

wow!looks so delicious and yumm

Homecooked said...

Your thali looks really delicious!!! Wish I was there to sample it :)

Seena said...

Yummy dishes,really tempts to have some.. :)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

WOW....Nice set of recipes.....So tempting....YUM!....

niya said...

Welcome Hima


Namratha said...

Yummy platter,can't wait to try all three...I love Andhra food! :)

Archy said...

Wow.. lovely weekend menu Hima..
Healthy dishes too !!

Rina said...

Hima, this is such lovely platter...

DK said...

Did I read gestational diabetes? Was not aware of that! Congrats :)

The thali luks scrumptitious!

DK said...

oops, after I read it, it sounded kinda rude..I meant congrats for the "gestational" part and not for diabetes! Was not aware of you carrying u know! :-D sorry for the half broken lines prev

Siri said...

Congratulations Hima.. take care of ur health dear and greens are definitely gud for u right now. moodu vantalu adiripoyayi!.. and what a coincidence, I blogged about *chikkudikaya-vankaya koora* just couple of days back!!


Daily Meals said...

Hi Hima! Nice recipes.

Meera said...

Lovely menu. Drooling!!:-)

shriya said...

Awesome food . Lovely plate looking delicious and mouthwatering.

Coffee & Vanilla said...

All those dishes look so delicious and exotic to me!
Have a nice day, Margot

Dee Dee said...

very smart idea to post combinations of recipes.. often i open my fridge and contemplate the options to cook for nearly 10 mins... and very yummy looking dishes too. thanks a lot!!

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