raw rice – 1.5 cups
Thur Dhal – 1/2 cup
Cook the dhal and rice together in a pressure cooker with 6 cups of water , some salt and 2 tsp of oil. You can cook them in a regular pot, add enough water so that cooked rice-dhal has a soft texture.
I have small onions, radish, cooking banana, eggplants, flat beans and drumsticks. Traditionally, we use what we call as “Naattu Kaai” for this rice and avoid vegetables like carrots, peas and cauliflower.
Chop the vegetables in big chunks as they have to withstand a long cooking process.
Tamarind water and asafoetida.
For the masala, grind red chillies, cumin, small onions, garlic and 1 tbsp. of coconut.
In the pot add some sesame oil and fry curry leaves and onions.
sauté the veggies.
Add the tamarind water.
Add salt, turmeric powder and asafoetida and cook until the raw smell of tamarind goes away in medium heat for at least about 30 mins. Add the masala and cook for another 15 minutes.
Traditionally, drumstick leaves are added. As I can’t get them in my place,I have added some chopped methi.
Add the cooked rice and dhal to the curry and mix well. Simmer for 15 mins, making sure the rice is not getting dry.
Fry some curry vadaam (if you don’t have it, mustard seeds will do), red chillies and curry leaves in a separate pan and add the seasoning to the rice.
Tastes good when its hot and tastes even better at room temperature. This is a great all-in-one dish with rice, lentils and vegetables and the combination of red chillies, cumin and garlic add layers of flavor. Back in my hometown, I have even tasted this dish with shrimp in it. You can try that too !
Minced chicken (If you don’t get minced chicken, just grind boneless chicken without adding water).
This will be used to bind the kolas.
chopped onions, chillies, coriander leaves and ginger garlic paste
Sauté the onions, chillies, ginger garlic paste and cilantro.
Add them to the minced chicken.
Add turmeric powder, chilli powder , a pinch of garam masala and salt.
Add the roasted channa dal+fennelseeds powder to the chicken and mix well.
Make even sized balls (kolas) out of the meat and set them aside.
Now for the gravy:
Fry the spices in a spoon of oil.
Grind them with 3 tbsp. of grated coconut.
Make it to a smooth paste and dilute with water.
chop some onions, garlic, chillies, tomatoes and curry leaves.
Use a shallow pan(so that all the kolas can be placed in a single layer). Saute the garlic, curry leaves ,chillies and onions.
Add the tomatoes and sauté until they soften.
Add the prepared masala.(Picture 14)
Add some tamarind water and salt.
Bring the curry to a good boil and then place the meat kolas in the curry. This is how its traditionally done. If you are concerned that the kolas might break, you can shallow/deep fry the balls first before adding it to the curry. But then the kolas won’t be as juicy as the traditional way.
Once you have placed all the kolas in the curry, reduce the heat, cover and cook until the kolas are done..
Make sure the kolas are cooked all the way before removing from heat.
soy sauce – 2tbsp
red chilli garlic sauce – 3 tsp
green chilli sauce – 2 tsp
rice wine vinegar – 1 tsp (optional)
brown sugar – 1tbsp
My hometown is a small fishing town in the southern tip of India, so my love for fish shouldn’t be a surprise. Nothing compares to the taste of freshly caught fish cooked within hours. I became a vegetarian few years back and I have to say it would have been impossible if I am still living in my hometown. This curry is a traditional recipe and brings back memories of my school days, sharing lunches with friends, I had a couple of friends whose moms made awesome versions of this curry 🙂
Fish – cleaned , cut and rubbed with turmeric and salt. (I have Tilapia here)
Tamarind water (Even after all these years of cooking I can’t rightly judge how much tamarind I will need. I usually make a good amount of tamarind water and add to the recipe as needed and save the rest in the fridge and try to use it within 4-5 days).
chopped onions, diced tomatoes and a generous amount of curry leaves.
In a pan, add 2tbsp of sesame oil. Fry 1 tsp of mustard seeds and 1/2 tsp of fenugreek.
Saute the onions and curry leaves.
When the onions lightly brown, add : 2 tsp of turmeric powder and red chilli powder (according to your heat preference) directly to the oil. This will instantly cook the chilli powder and take the raw smell out of it.
Once the oil separates, add the tomatoes.
When the tomatoes soften, add the tamarind water.
Add about a cup of water and salt. Allow this to boil and reduce a little bit (until the raw taste of tamarind goes away).
Add the fish pieces and allow it to cook for 5 mins. That’s all it will take for the fish to cook.
chopped onions – 1 tbsp.
garlic – 2 cloves
cumin – 2 tsp
curry leaves – some
Channa dhal – 1 cup
dry red chillies – 2cups (loosely packed)