Breadfruit Curry with Yogurt

Breadfruit is a common vegetable used in South India, mainly in Mangalore side it is very popular. This vegetable tastes fresh, juicy and has got a lot of flavor in it. Breadfruit sambar and curry are usually prepared for marriage events.Tt is called as ”Puli Kajippu” in local language ‘Tulu’ and ”Majjige Huli” in ‘Kannada’, “Mor Kuzhambu” in Tamilnadu, ‘Pulissery’ in Kerala. The techniques and few ingredients change from place to place. The recipe which I am going to share here is pure Mangalorean yogurt curry, a traditional dish- must in functions and festivals.

Deevi Halasu Majjige Huli/Breadfruit Curry

Ingredients:

  • Breadfruit- 1 ( peeled and cubed)
  • Yogurt- 1 cup
  • Grated coconut- 1/2 cup
  • Green chilly- 2 (or more if you want it to be spicy)
  • Cumin seeds- 1/2 tbs
  • Turmeric powder- 1/2 tbs
  • Tampering: Ghee, mustard seeds, curry leaves, curd chilly

Preparation:

  1. Boil the vegetable in a vessel with a cup of water or more
  2. Grind coconut, turmeric powder, green chilly and cumin seeds into smooth paste by adding little water
  3. When the vegetable is almost boiled add the ground paste, salt and let it boil for 3-4 minutes
  4. Now add the yogurt, stir well and boil for another 3-4 minutes
  5. Tamper it well with the above mentioned ingredients and serve it hot with rice

NOTE: You can use any vegetable instead of breadfruit. For example: beans, white pumpkin, capsicum or okra.

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Hagala Hannina Gojju/Sweet &Tangy Ripe Bitter Gourd

Bitter Gourd or Bitter Melon is one best plant food which helps to improve the diabetic conditions. As the name suggests it is very bitter in taste. Love it or hate it but this is one important vegetable used in Asia especially in India. I started eating bitter melon in my diet early in my childhood. My grandmother is one great cook of these bitter babies. She used to prepare variety of vegetarian dishes with it. I love stir fry, roasted bitter gourd chutney, stuffed bitter gourd, bitter gourd chips, fritters and curry with coconut gravy the list goes on. Just thinking about it makes my mouth watering. There is one unique recipe my grandmother used to prepare, it had this tangy and sweet taste. I called this unique because here instead of green young bitter gourd, ripe ones are used. You have to pick pale yellow skinned soft and ripe bitter gourd for this recipe. Once you open it you should be able to see the blood red seeds then you can call  it perfect. My grandmother called this recipe- ”Thipra” I don’t know the meaning of it most probably she doesn’t know either. This sweet and tangy recipe tastes best with plain rice and yogurt.

Hagala Hannina Gojju/Riped Bittergourd Sweet &Tangy

Ingredients: 

  • Fully ripe bitter gourd- 1
  • Mustard seeds-  1 tbs
  • Black gram- 1 tbs
  • Curry leaves- 4
  • Green chillies- 2
  • Turmeric- 1/4 tbs
  • Tamarind extract- 1/4 cup (one small lemon sized tamarind is used)
  • Jaggery- 2 tbs, grated
  • Salt
  • Oil- 2 tbs

Preparation: 

  1. Wash and clean the bitter gourd. Cut it and discard the seeds, chop into small pieces.
  2. Take a frying pan add 2 tbs of oil, mustard seeds, black gram, curry leaves and green chillies
  3. Fry these items well for 3-4 minutes before adding bitter gourd pieces and salt
  4. Keep frying the bitter gourd until they are cooked well (takes around 10 -15 minutes depending upon the thickness of the vegetable)
  5. Now add turmeric, tamarind extract and jaggery. Mix well and let the mixture cook well for 4 minutes to absorb the flavors
  6. Serve it with plain rice and curd

Note: Use only well ripe bitter gourd for this recipe or there will be variation in the taste. If you use unripe on there will be more bitterness in the recipe.

Mangalore Buns/ Deep Fried Banana Buns

Mangalore Buns is delicious recipe from South Karnataka, Mangalore. It is served as snack with sambar or chutney. I love to have this soft, sweet and fluffy buns in the morning for breakfast. They look like puris but they are more like spongy buns. As far as I know you can find this only in Mangalore. Although you find a Mangalorean restaurant or Udupi hotel blooming in every nook & corner of the world rarely you see this buns on the Menu. In Dubai you can find in Venus restaurant, Al Karama.  If you are from UAE you can visit there and taste these lovely buns. My husband goes bananas over this buns so I prepared them this weekend 🙂

Mangalore Buns/Deep fried banana buns

Ingredients: 

  • All Purpose flour(Maida)- 2 cups (you can prepare around 6 small buns)
  • Bananas- 2 small
  • Curds- 2 tbs
  • Sugar- 3 tbs
  • Salt- 1/2 tbs
  • Soda Bicarb- 1/4 tbs
  • Oil- 1 tbs
  • Oil for frying

Preparation: 

  1. In a large mixing vessel add all the ingredients except flour (curds,mashed bananas, sugar, slat, soda and a tbs of oil) and mix well
  2. Now add flour and kneed well if needed add a tbs of water (adding more water will mess up the  dough, so avoid adding water add only if it is needed)
  3. Keep the dough well covered, overnight to rise (About 6-8 hours)
  4. Make small balls and roll it like how you roll the dough to make puris (you can also use hand and pat on it to get the size and shape of puri)
  5. Keep the oil ready and deep fry them until they turn into golden brown
  6. Serve hot with sambar or coconut chutney

You can see how it looks hollow and spongy inside. By looking at it you can know that your buns is cooked perfect 🙂

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Charmuri/ Spiced Puffed Rice, a Mouth Watering Evening Snack

Charmuri is a Mangaloren version of ‘Bhel’, where no mint or tamarind paste is used. This is most popular street food in Mangalore, you can find vendors selling it in beach sides, carnivals and in fun fairs. Charmuri or khara mandakki (khara = spiced, mandakki= puffed rice) is one spicy mouth watering evening snack I love to eat. Charmuri with sugarcane juice is the best combination ever. Its unbelievably tasty and incredibly easy to prepare.

Charmuri/ Spiced Puffed Rice, a Mouth Watering Evening Snacks

Ingredients: 

  • Puffed rice- one big bowl (serves 2)
  • Onion- 1 medium sized
  • Tomato- 1 small
  • Carrot- 1/2, grated
  • Raw mango- 4 tbs, grated
  • Chilly powder- 3 tbs  or more (you can adjust according your taste)
  • Coconut oil- 4 tbs
  • Coriander leaves

Preparation: 

  1. Take a mixing bowl and add chilly powder, coconut oil, puffed rice and salt to taste
  2. Now in a separate bowl add chopped onions, tomatoes, grated carrot, grated raw mango and finely chopped coriander leaves
  3. Now transfer the vegetables into mixing bowl containing puffed rice and mix well
  4. Enjoy it with hot tea or coffee

Note: Make sure that you don’t keep it aside after mixing the puffed rice with vegetable because the water from the tomatoes will take away the crispiness. You can add roasted peanuts for  extra taste.