Thursday, April 03, 2008

Gudi Padwa Recipes - Neem Chutney, Amti, Cauliflower-Peas Sabji and Mango Rice

Gudi Padwa is coming up and this will my first one in the new house. I am looking forward to celebrating it grandly. There are some very typical recipes associated with the festival and will be posting there here soon:)


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Recipe 1 - Neem chutney

Ingredients:
  1. Chana dal - 1 cup
  2. Green chillies
  3. Curry leaves - 4 or 5
  4. Dried red chillies - 2 or 3
  5. Tender neem leaves or neem flowers - 2 teaspoons
  6. Asafoetida - 2 pinches
  7. Salt
  8. Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
  9. Oil - 1 teaspoon
  10. Corriander leaves - handful

Directions:
  1. Soak the chana dal overnight
  2. Grind the dal with green chillies, salt, corriander leaves
  3. Heat oil and put in mustard seeds, curry leaves and red chillies. Garnish chutney with this.
  4. I usually separate out a little chutney and add the tender neem leaves or fried neem flowers to it. The rest can be enjoyed without the bitterness.

Recipe 2 - Amti : Amti is a traditional maharashtrian dal which is a staple part of every meal.

Ingredients:
  1. Toor dal - 2 cups
  2. Turmeric - 1 pinch
  3. Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
  4. Jeera - 1 teaspoon
  5. Oil - 1 tablespoon
  6. Amsol or Kokam - 3-4 (This is a very typical ingredients used in some Maharashtrian and Konkani dishes )
  7. Corriander leaves - handful, chopped
  8. Red chilli powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  9. Kala Masala - 1 teaspoon (This is again a very typical Marathi masala. I use the Joshi brand )
  10. Salt
  11. Asafoetida - 1 pinch

Directions:

  1. Pressure cook the toor dal and keep aside.
  2. Heat oil in and add mustard seeds, jeera, turmeric, asafoetida and wait until the mustard sputters.
  3. Add the cooked toor dal, kokum, salt, chilli powder, kala masala and let the dal boil for 15 mins.
  4. Garnish with corriander and serve with hot rice!
Tips: Variations of this amti are yummy too - I love the addition of brinjal, drumsticks and my favourtie is the one with pressure cooked jackfruit seeds.

Recipe 3 - Cauliflower/Peas sabji : This is a very simple sabji that I make on a regular basis.

Ingredients:

  1. Medium sized cauliflower - cut into small chunks
  2. Green chillies - 2 finely chopped
  3. Frozen peas - 1 cup
  4. Salt
  5. Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  6. Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  7. Jeera - 1 tsp
  8. Turmeric powder - 1 pinch
  9. Vegetable oil - 1 tsp

Directions:

  1. Heat oil and add mustard seeds, jeera, turmeric, green chillies and let the mustard seeds sputter.
  2. Add the cauliflower and salt and saute until soft.
  3. Add peas and chilli powder and let it cook for 5 more mins.
  4. Garnish with lemon and corriander leaves.

Recipe 4 - Mango Rice (Chitranna): This is basically "lemon rice meets raw mango". A very simple yet delightful way of enjoying summer's arrival.

Ingredients:
  1. Basmati rice - 1 cup (any rice is ok)
  2. Raw mango - 1, grated
  3. Lemons - 1 or 2
  4. Salt
  5. Green chillies - 2
  6. Red dried chillies - 2
  7. Curry leaves - 7 or 8
  8. Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  9. Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
  10. Urad Dal - 1 tsp
  11. Chana Dal - 1 tsp
  12. Oil - 1 1/2 tsp

Directions:

  1. Cook rice and keep aside. Make sure it is not over cooked and grains are separate.
  2. Heat oil and add mustard seeds, turmeric, green chillies, red chillies, curry leaves, urad dal and chana dal and stir fry until the urad dal turns golden brown.
  3. Add the cooked rice, grated mango and salt and let it steam.
  4. Take the rice off the stove and sprinkle lemon juice. Enjoy with raita!

2 comments:

SHRIPAD said...

hi smitha,

its mouthwatering!!!!!I am looking out for puranpoli recipes.here on blog.giftex.in i found an exclusive article on gudi Padwa.

Swati Mankatti said...

Thanks a lot .. you save me today on gudi padwa. the chutney receipe is delicious.thanks.