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Gongura Pappu ~ Andhra Style Lentils with Sorrel Leaves

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The love of the sour Sorrel leaves or Gongura leaves in Andhra cooking is legendary. it is used as a souring agent in vegetable, dal/lentil and meat dishes and is world famous as Gongura Pachadi which is a chutney made out of it. As is normal, the preparation and the combination of foods it must be eaten with changes in every region. For instance, in the telangana area, gongura pachadi is eaten with jowar roti and sliced raw onions, in nellore i know it is eaten with hot steaming rice and a dollop of ghee and sliced raw onions. I prefer to skip the raw onions and just gorge on the pachadi with hot rice….

today’s recipe is a bachelor / singleton friendly one pot deal to make gongura pappu. this is a style of cooking i prefer the most… easy and effortless, yet the resultant dal is so full bodied and flavorful, it warrants to be put on a menu for a home style brunch.

Gongura Pappu

time taken – 20 minutes

serves – 2-3 persons

Tur Dal / Split pigeon peas/ arhar dal  - ½ cup (washed and soaked in water for 15 minutes)

Gongura Leaves / Sorrel  - 1-1½ cups (washed and stems removed)

Small onion (chopped – optional)

Green chilies – 2

A pinch each of asafetida and turmeric

Salt to taste

For the tadka/ seasoning

Ghee/ oil (gingely oil is preferred) – 1 teaspoon

Whole cumin seeds/ jeera – 1 teaspoon

Dry red chilies – 2-3

Fresh curry leaves – 15

Garlic – 2-3 pods

  1. Take all the ingredients except the ones for tadka into a pressure cooker, add 2 cups of water and cook for 3-4 whistles. The dal should be cooked and you should be able to mash it with the back of a ladle.
  2. When the pressure releases, add the salt and mash the dal with a spoon. Put the dal back on the heat and simmer for 5-6 minutes.
  3. In a small pan, heat the ghee/ oil and add the whole cumin. Let it splutter, add the red chilies and peeled garlic, fry it till the garlic is turning golden brown.
  4. Add the curry leaves, when they crackle, add it to the boiled, mashed dal. simmer for 2-3 minutes. Serve hot with rotis although steamed rice and ghee is preferred.

Ulli Garelu (Vada) ~ Onion Fritters

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How was the Sankranti / Pongal weekend for you all? I hope everyone had fun and ate atleast as much as I did (so that I can feel less guilty!). It was a mega eating fest for us at the Escapades household. Crazy amounts of food was made and consumed. Even my kadai was filled up with oil for deep frying these Ulli Garelu (Onion Fritters). More because I was doing a festival special article for the newspaper I write for and had to take pictures!

K who is used to not having fried stuff asked me atleast 5 times if the garelu were made at home and not sent by a kind neighbour because he knows I almost never deep fry!

This is a simple stevens recipe and can be whipped up in 20 minutes if you have soaked the husked urad dal earlier. A tea time treat, this is a must have at a festive spread.

Ulli Garelu – Makes about 12-14 garelu

Ingredients:

Skinned Urad Dal – 11/2 cup, washed and soaked for 4 hours

Ginger – I small piece (very finely chopped)
Green chillies – 2-3 (chopped finely)

Onion – 1 medium (chopped finely)

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
salt to taste
oil for deep frying

Strain the water from the dal and grind to a paste sprinkling little water and salt. Do this in two batches so that you get a soft fluffy paste without adding too much water. The batter should be thick.

Add the chopped onions, finely chopped ginger, cumin seeds and green chillies to the batter and mix well.

In a kadai, add oil enough for deep frying and heat well.

Wet your hands with water and take a lemon sized ball and flatten it into a vada on a sheet of plastic or a banana leaf.

Make a hole in the centre of the gare so that it cooks evenly all over Slowly drop it into the hot oil carefully and fry it on both sides on medium heat to a golden brown colour.

Drain onto paper towels and serve hot with sauce or chutney.

Peanut and Tomato Chutney

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I dont know how or why, but I have unwittingly eliminated fresh coconut from my pantry for the last few months. We stopped adding it to the araichavittu sambhar and the assorted poriyals. but what i miss most is to dip my idli or dosa into some nice tangy spicy chutney. there is only so much of kaaram podi / milagai podi i can eat. So a few days ago, taking advantage of the extra tomatoes at home, I made this chutney. Its delicious and worth the effort of roasting all the ingredients before grinding.

Peanut and Tomato Chutney (makes 5 generous servings)

1/2 cup peanuts, roasted without oil till the colour changes

1 cup chopped tomatoes ( i used the local variety)

3 green chillies, slit

2 tablespoon curry leaves

2 tablespoons coriander leaves

1 medium onion, roughly chopped

1/2 teaspoon cumin (whole)

a few grains of whole fenugreek seeds

a small marble of tamarind

salt to taste

1/2 cup water

2 teaspoons oil ( i used gingely oil)

for the tadka

a few curry leaves

1/2 teaspoon whole mustard seeds

1-2 dried red chillies

1/2 teaspoon urad / black gram dal

in a pan, dry roast the peanuts and set aside. heat one teaspoon of oil, add the whole cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds and fry a few seconds.  add the onions and green chillies and fry till the onions are beginning to change colour. add the tomatoes and fry till they begin to shrink. set it aside and cool it completely.

In the jar of the blender, add the peanuts, cooked onion and tomato, tamarind, curry leaves, coriander leaves, water, salt. Pulse till you get a smooth paste. remove to a serving bowl. in a small pan, heat the remaining teaspoon of oil. fry the urad/ black gram dal till it is pale golden, add the dried red chillies and wait for a few seconds till they begin to change colour. add the mustard seeds and allow them to splutter, finally add the curry leaves and turn off the heat. Pour this over the ground chutney. Mix and serve with idli or dosa. This can be stored in the fridge for upto 3 days.

Sprouted Red Lentils – Masoor ki Dal

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I love lentils in most forms. I keep buying them at the grocery store, and because we are so partial towards the ubiquitous tur dal, i often end up with red lentils or whole moong dal which i need to use in a hurry. I used sprouted whole red lentils or masoor ki dal in this one. Something about the delicate pink lentils and the fact that they cook easily and can blend into any kind of preparation makes me partial to them. Hyderabadis are generally partial towards these form of lentils and our khichdi is mostly made using masoor rather than moong dal like everyone else.

This is a dry dal and is best paired with hot rotis or parathas. It can substitute for a dry vegetable on a hurried weeknight. i used sprouted lentils to up the nutrition factor, this is optional. Its also a one pot preparation and is made completely in a pressure cooker. Use a heavy bottomed pan with a fitting lid if you dont have a pressure cooker.

Sprouted Red Lentils – Masoor ki Dal

1 cup red lentils, soaked in water for 1 hr, drained and left to sprout (about 6 hrs) alternatively, just soak the lentils for a couple of hours, drain and use.

1 medium sized onion, chopped

1-2 medium tomatoes, chopped

1 green chilli, split lengthwise

1/2 teaspoon of ginger garlic paste

1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder

1/4 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 teaspoon coriander powder

a pinch of asafetida / hing

a few curry leaves

salt to taste

2 cups of water

1 teaspoon of vegetable oil

1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds (jeera)

heat the oil in a pressure cooker and add the cumin seeds, once they splutter, add the curry leaves, onions, green chilli and saute for a minute. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute till the raw smell disappears. add the turmeric, asafetida, coriander powder, red chilli powder and saute for a minute. Add the washed, soaked and sprouted lentils, the chopped tomatoes and salt to taste. add the 2 cups of water and cook on pressure for 3 whistles. (if not using a pressure cooker, cover and cook till the lentils are soft but not mushy). once the pressure is released open the pan, stir and check the seasoning. Adjust if needed and cook without the lid till the water dries up completely. Serve hot with rotis or parathas.

Recipe for Spicy Whole Red Lentils (Masoor ki Dal)

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I am trying to eat more varieties of lentils and went searching for stuff in the supermarket aisles that i generally dont buy. i found a bag of whole red lentils (masoor ki dal) and while i love the skinned version of it, common sense told me the whole skin intact one would have a nice nutty flavour and would be more nutritious as well. so in it went into my grocery bag. once home, it was put into the pantry and promptly forgotten. One morning, hunting for coffee powder amongst the pantry supplies, i found this bag and soaked about 2/3 cup of it. i had a full 3-4 hours to decide what to do with it. having never cooked with it before, and not sure if K would eat it at all, i trawled the net to find a recipe. I saw a few, read thru and decided to do my own thing. I’d already made the mixed dal which turned out to be a hit and so i had the mind to dump everything in the cooker and cook it to submission what i would do. I added coconut milk and a tablespoon of some meat masala that was sitting in my kitchen shelf and that really made all the difference to this dal. It was finger licking good and K even woke up around midnight to eat some plain dal straight from the fridge. this is a spicy dal, goes well with rotis and plain rice.

Spicy Whole Red Lentils

2/3 cup whole masoor dal / red lentils with skin soaked for 3 hrs

1 large red onion chopped roughly

pinch of asafetida

pinch of turmeric

1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste

2 slit green chillies

1 cup water

a few curry leaves

1 tomato chopped or 2 tablespoons tomato puree

Pressure cook all of the above for 3-4 whistles and turn off the heat. allow the steam to escape and open the cooker, stir the contents well.

1/2 cup thick coconut milk

1 1/2 teaspoon everest meat masala (or any other sucyh as kitchen king masala) you can substitute this with 1/2 teaspoon garam masala, 1 teaspoon coriander powder, 1/2 teaspoon jeera powder

2 tablespoons fresh coriander leaves

salt to taste

Add the above to the pressure cooker and heat through, stirring well. Simmer for about 2-3 minutes till everything is well incorporated. check for spice and seasoning and adjust accordingly. the consistency should not be too thick or thin, rather like a thick soup.

for the tadka

1 teaspoon ghee

1-2 dry red chillies

1/2 teaspoon whole cumin / jeera

Heat the ghee in a small pan. splutter the mustard, add the dried red chillies and wait for a couple of seconds till they change colour. add this to the cooked lentils, bring to a boil.Take off from heat  and serve hot with steamed rice or rotis.

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