Gongura chutney/ Pundi chutney / Sorrel leaves cooking

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Gongura leaves are widely used in cooking, the tangy flavour does makes the dishes delicious. Gongura chutney or pundi chutney is commonly prepared in South India.It makes a good accompaniment with jowar roti.

Varied names of Sorrel

Different regions call it by different names.The English name is Sorrel or Kenaf. It is popular as  Gongura in Andhra Pradesh, Pundi palya in Karnataka, Pulich keerai in Tamil, Ambaadi In Marathi, Pitwa in Hindi, Kotrum in Jharkhand, Amaari in Chattisgarh, Kotrum in Jharkhand and Mestapat in Bengali.

Health Benefits of Sorrel leaves

The sorrel leaves are rich source of iron, vitaminB6, folic acid and anti-oxidants essential for human nutrition. The iron and vitamins present in it help in preventing conditions such as osteoporosis.

Different culinary uses of Sorrel leaves in India

Sorrel leaves are used along with lentils to give a flavoursome accompaniment with rice. The chutney is a popular dish churned out of it. It is one of the daily essentials in Andhra cuisine. A variety of pickle is also made using these leaves.

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Ingredients:

For the  gongura/ sorrel leaves chutney

  • 2 clusters of sorrel leaves
  • 6 green chilly
  • 1 teaspoon methi seeds
  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • a liitle asafoetida
  • salt to taste

For the seasoning:

  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder

Method:

  1. Separate the leaves from the stalk, wash and put them to dry on a cloth.
  2. Cut the leaves.
  3. Take oil in a pan, roast the methi seeds and the green chilli, put them aside.
  4. In the same oil, add asafoetida and the sorrel leaves along with salt.
  5. Let cook for sometime.
  6. Remove from flame.
  7. When it cools, grind it.
  8. Take a pan and make the seasoning. Add mustard seeds, as it crackles, put asafoetida and turmeric powder. Turn of the gas. Put the chutney in it and mix well.
  9. Gongura chutney is ready to serve.

Take a tip:

  • Garlic may be added along with green chilly while sautéing.
  • Raw onions are added to the chutney by some people.
  • Chutney stays good for a couple of days if kept in refrigerator.
  • Tastes good with jowar roti along with stuffed brinjal as an accompaniment.
  • It can be mixed with hot steamed rice along with ghee.
  • The leaves are slimy, thus do not chop and wash them.
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Gongura/ Pundi/ Sorrel leaves chutney

Gongura chutney is a popular accompaniment from South India. It makes a good accompaniment with jowar roti. 

Course accompaniment, chutney,, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, karnataka, southindian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 bowl
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 2 cluster sorrel leaves
  • 6 green chilly
  • 1 teaspoon methi
  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • salt to taste

For the seasoning

  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida

Instructions

  1. Remove the stalk of the sorrel leaves, wash and put it to dry on a cloth. Cut the leaves. 

  2. Take oil in a pan, add fenugreek seeds and green chilly. Roast them, put them aside.

  3. In the same pan, add asafoetida and the sorrel leaves along with salt. 

  4. Let cook until tender. Remove and keep it aside.

  5. When cool, grind the fenugreek and green chilly together. Then add the sorrel leaves to it and blend altogether. 

  6. Make seasoning in another pan. Add mustard seeds to the oil, as it splutters, put asafoetida and turmeric powder. Put chutney to it and mix it well. Gongura chutney is ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

  • You may add garlic along with green chillies while roasting. 
  • Finely cut onion pieces can be put in the seasoning and sauted for sometime. 
  • This chutney tastes good with jowar roti.
  • It can also be served with hot steamed rice along with a dollop of ghee. 
  • This chutney can be stored in refrigerator. Put seasoning and use it.
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Gongura chutney

Other chutney recipes on the blog

And here are a few from my co-bloggers Raw mango with garlic Tomato Onion Chutney Lal mirch ki chutney Coconut and flax seed chutney Gur imli ki chutney Mango Kottu 

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Seven Cup Burfi how to make seven cup fudge

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Seven cup burfi is a popular sweet or fudge made in South India. It is called as a seven cup sweet as the measure of all ingredients together is seven cups.It is usually prepared during Diwali.

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seven cup burfi

Other burfi recipes on the blog: Coconut and Mango Burfi Dates Burfi  Coconut Burfi

Recipe of Seven Cup Burfi

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh grated coconut
  • 1 cup gram flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1.5 cup ghee
  • 2.5 cup sugar
  • a pinch of salt

Method:

  1. Grate the coconut, use the finely grated one for this.
  2. Take a thick bottom pan and mix all the ingredients except salt.
  3. Heat it on a low flame, keep stirring, as it will easily get burnt.
  4. Grease a plate with a little ghee.
  5.  Let cook for fifteen to twenty minutes. It becomes a thick porous mass with bubbles all over.
  6. Sprinkle a little salt and mix well.
  7. Spread it on the greased plate.
  8. Make incisions after some time.
  9. Do not remove them immediately.
  10. Store in a tight jar.

Take a tip:

  • The actual recipe calls for three cups of sugar and one cup of ghee, but I have decreased the sugar and increased with ghee.
  • Use good quality besan to get good results.

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Seven Cup Burfi

Seven Cup Burfi is a sweet preparation made of fresh coconut and gram flour along with a few other ingredients. Make it for the forthcoming festival and enhance the joy.

Servings 16 pieces
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh grated coconut
  • 1 cup gram flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1.5 cup ghee
  • 2.5 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Grate the coconut, use only the finely grated one for making this one.

  2. Take a thick bottom pan and mix all the ingredients except salt.

  3. Heat it on a low flame, keep stirring all the while.

  4. Grease a plate with a little ghee.

  5. It takes about fifteen minutes to be ready. It forms a thick porous mass.

  6. Add the salt and mix it.

  7. Pour it on the greased plate. Cut them into pieces.

  8. Do not remove immediately.

  9. Store in a clean jar.

Recipe Notes

  • Adding of salt is optional.
  • Cardamom powder may be used.
  • The actual recipe calls for three cups of sugar and one cup of ghee, but I felt it was too sweet.
  • Use any cup for measurement but ensure you use the same one for all ingredients.

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Nippattu rice crackers karnataka recipe

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Nippatu or rice crackers as they may be called are popular snacks prepared during festivities. They can be stored for a long time and can be used with tea or as an evening snack. In Karnataka, nippattu is different from other states. Here is one such kind. (more…)

How to make chiwda at home

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Chiwda is one of the snacks stored in the kitchen shelves. It is primarily made during Diwali, when a variety of snacks are prepared. Here is my version of Chiwda recipe.

Plain chiwda is usually made by frying flattened rice or poha. It is then mixed with spices and other condiments. But, here we are lucky enough to get the ready version of it. Thus, it was only the seasoning that I made.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 kilogram plain chiwda
  • 1/2 cup groundnuts
  • 1/2 cup split dalia (putani)
  • 8 cashewnuts
  • 15 raisins
  • curry leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sesame
  • 1 teaspoon chilly powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • salt to taste
  • oil for frying and roasting

Method:

  1. Take oil in a thick bottom pan. Deep fry the ground nuts in oil. Do not burn them. Remove them and put them aside.
  2. Now, similarly fry the other ingredients, split dahlia, cashewnuts, raisins and curry leaves seperately.
  3. If you do not have readymade chiwda, you need to fry the rice flakes (poha or aval) also.
  4. Remove the excess oil in a bowl. You need two tablespoon of oil for the seasoning.
  5. Add mustard seeds, as it splutters put cumin and then the sesame seeds. After a few seconds, put turmeric powder, asafoetida, chilly powder, salt and sugar. Mix well and heat it for a few seconds.
  6. Add all the fried ingredients and plain chiwda to it.
  7. Mix well and heat it on a low flame for three to four minutes.
  8. Once it is cool, store in an air tight container.

Take a tip: To make chiwda, deep fry thick aval in oil and keep it aside, then proceed with the recipe. Alternatively, used the ready one, it is not deep fried also.

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making of chiwda

Deep fry the groundnuts, split dahlia, cashew pieces, raisins and curry leaves separtely.

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making of chiwda

Make the sesoning. Take two tablespoon of oil, add mustard seeds, as it crackles put cumin and then sesame. Next add turmeric powder, asafoetida, chilly powder, salt and sugar. Mix well and let cook for a few seconds. Then add the plain chiwda to it and mix.

 

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How to make chiwda

Chiwda is a delectable snack to binge on. It is usually made during festivals as Diwali and Holi. 

Course Snack
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 19 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 1/2 kilogram plain chiwda
  • 1/2 cup ground nuts
  • 1/2 cup split dahlia
  • 8 cashewnuts
  • 15 raisins
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sesame
  • 1 teaspoon chilly powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • salt to taste
  • curry leaves
  • oil for frying and roasting

Instructions

  1. Take oil in a pan. Deep fry the groundnuts. Remove them and keep aside.

  2. Similarly, fry the split dahlia, cashew nuts, raisins and curry leaves seperately.

  3. Take two tablespoon of that oil and make the seasoning. Add mustard seeds, as it splutters, put cumin and sesame. Add asafoetida and turmeric. A few seconds later, add chilly powder, salt and sugar.

  4. Mix well. Put the fried ingredients into it. Add the plain chiwda and mix well.

  5. Heat it for a few minutes. Tasty chiwda is ready to binge.

Recipe Notes

To make chiwda, take flattened rice (poha or aval) and deep fry in oil. Do not make it brown in colour.

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Tasty Bhindi Fry | okra fry

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Bhindi is the common name for ladies finger or okra. It is a versatile vegetable which can be turned into crispy fried savouries or as a stir fry. The stuffed okra is simply irresistible. The weather calls for fried food and I ended up frying it, Tasty Bhindi Fry is on the blog today. I like this recipe for it’s simplicity, no extra dressings or garnishing; but yet, it is tasty and loved by all.

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bhindi fry

My other bhindi recipes: okra stir fry, stuffed bhindi

Let’s get over to the recipe of Bhindi Fry

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg ladys finger/okra/ bhindi
  • salt to taste
  • 3 teaspoon chilli powder
  • oil for frying

Method:

  1. Wash and dry the okra. Cut them into thin pieces.
  2. Take oil in a pan.
  3. Heat it.
  4. Once it it is hot, slowly put a bowl of it.
  5. Deep fry on medium flame, after sometime, keep it on high for sometime. Keep stirring with a ladle.
  6. Once it is light brown in colour, remove it on a tissue paper.
  7. Put the next batch to fry.
  8. Take the fried ones and put them in a bowl. Add a little salt and chilly powder (1/2 teaspoon). Mix it well.
  9. You need to repeat this step every time.
  10. Store in a air tight container.

Take a tip:

  • Add salt and chilly powder accordingly.
  • Let it not get darker in colour, it will taste bitter.
  • Cut them into thin pieces.
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Bhindi Fry | Okra fry | Ladies finger Fry

Bhindi fry is a tasty accompaniment that can be used with any meal. 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, karnataka, South Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 1 kilogram bhindi/okra/lady's finger
  • 3 teaspoon chilly powder
  • salt to taste
  • oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Wash and pat dry the okra. Cut them into thin pieces.

  2. Heat oil in a pan. 

  3. Once it is heated, add handful of cut pieces slowly into the oil.

  4. Deep fry on medium flame. After a few minutes, fry on high flame for one minute.

  5. Once it is light brown in colour, reduce the flame and remove it on a tissue paper.

  6. Put the next badge of okra pieces to fry.

  7. Put the fried okra in a bowl. Add a little salt and chilly powder to it. Mix it. It is ready to serve.

  8. Repeat for the rest of the cut pieces.

Recipe Notes

  • Cut okra into thin pieces.
  • Add salt and chilly powder accordingly.

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Ring Murukku snacks in the jar

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Ring murukku is another kind of dry snacks. It is from the state of Andhra Pradesh. They are soft but crispy, different from the usual kodbole that we make.

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Other snack recipes;

Kodbole Instant Chakli Poha Chiwda

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon moong dal
  • 1 cup water
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • asafoetida
  • oil for frying

Method:

  1. Wash and soak moong dal for half an hour.
  2. Heat one cup of water. Drain the soaked dal and put it in water along with salt.
  3. Once the water, put the rice flour, keep stirring continuously.
  4. When the consistency becomes thick, turn off the gas. Let cool.
  5. Add chilli powder and asafoetida to it. Knead it to a dough.
  6. Take a small ball of the dough and roll into the shape of a ring.
  7. Repeat for a few more balls.
  8. Heat oil in a frying pan.
  9. Once it is hot, put a few murukku (six to seven ) in the oil.
  10. Deep fry on medium flame until golden in colour.
  11. Repeat for the rest of the dough.
  12. Ring Murukku are ready to serve.

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Ring Murukku

Ring Murukku is another kind of snack that can be made and stored in jars. They are crispy on the outside but soft inside.

Course Snack
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon moong dal
  • 1 cup water
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • asafoetida
  • oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Wash and soak moong dal in water for thirty minutes.

  2. Heat one cup water. Drain the water from the soaked moong. Put it in water along with salt.

  3. Once it boils, add rice flour and stir continuously, it should come to a thick consistency.

  4. Let cool. Add chilli powder and asafoetida to it and knead well.

  5. Take a small ball of the dough and roll into a ring shape. 

  6. Make a few more rings.

  7. Heat oil in a pan.

  8. Once it is hot, put a few rings (about six or seven) and deep fry on medium flame until golden in  colour.

  9. Remove them on an absorbent paper. 

  10. Repeat for the rest of the dough. Ring murukku are ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

Make them more circular in shape like a small ring. Mine are not exactly like a ring, could not make them again for the photograph.

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Moongdal salad koshambir recipe

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Salads form an important part of our diet. Here I have used moongdal to make it. This version is called as moongdal salad koshambir and is usually made during functions. It is served to ladies during haldi kumkum. One can make it as an accompaniment with rice or chapati.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup moong dal
  • 1 teaspoon bengal gram
  • 1 big cucumber
  • 2 teaspoon oil for seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • a pinch of asafoetida
  • a few curry leaves
  • 2 green chilly
  • 1 cup fresh coconut
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 lemon
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moong dal salad

 

METHOD :

  • Soak moong dal and gram dal in water for half an hour.
  • Remove the skin of big cucumber and cut it into small pieces.
  • Drain the water of the dal and put it in a colander for ten minutes.
  • Later,put in a bowl and add cucumber, salt  and grated coconut to it.
  • Make seasoning and add to it.
  • Add a dash of lime juice to it.
  • Serve as an accompaniment or binge as a snack.

Tips :

Cucumber used is the long variety. Remove the edges and rub well in circular motion. Then peel the skin. The seeds should be removed.

Here are a few of my festive recipes

Lemon rice, Beans stir fry, Masala Bhath, Shenga holige, Appi payasa, Cabbage pakoda

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Moongdal salad koshambir recipe

Moong dal salad is usually prepared during festivities in South India. It is tasty to have as a light snack.

Course Salad
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 1 cup moong dal
  • 1 teaspoon bengal gram
  • 1 big cucumber
  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard
  • a pinch of asafoetida
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 green chilly
  • a few curry leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 lemon

Instructions

  1. Wash both the dals and soak them in water for half an hour.

  2. Drain the water and put in a colander.

  3. Peel the skin of the cucumber and cut into small pieces.

  4. Take a small pan and make the seasoning. Put the oil and the mustard seeds. as it crackles, put the green chilly, asafoetida, turmeric powder and curry leaves.Keep it aside.

  5. Put the dal and cucumber in a bowl. Add salt and coconit to it. Put the seasoning and mix it. Finally, add lime juice to it.

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Cabbage Pakoda Fries

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Cabbage pakoda fries are welcome on days when onions are restricted. They are equally taste and serve as an ideal accompaniment with rice and sambar. Here is a quick recipe to make crispy fries.
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