Thursday, March 26, 2020

Mattina Gulla - Mango Curry

Mattina Gulla is a brinjal which is specially grown in place called Mattu near Udupi/Karnataka.
The brinjal /Mattina gulla has a special taste and any dish You prepare has a yummy taste. I am joking, it is really true.


These Mattina Gulla is brought from my brother in law when he came last week. I forgot post the gulla pic, since I was so busy with house chores.
I have used small mango with these Brinjal and the taste was heavenly.
I have written about Mattina Gulla and has some yummy recipes too in my blog. The seeds of Mattina Gulla was given to people in Mattu when they were struggling to lead normal life because of poor living. Shree Guru Vadhirajaru blessed and gave the seeds of Mattina gulla to those people who were very poor. With the blessings of Guruvarya, the brinjals gave a good yield and had the best taste in them. So these Mattina Gulla from Mattu has become very famous in that area and the poor people survived by selling these Gulla /Brinjals.
Even now the first yield of Mattina Gulla is given to Udupi Krishna Matt as a samarpane.
One has to taste Mattina Gulla Curry in Krishna Temple, in his or her life time to get the divine taste of the Curry.

No onion or No garlic is used in this Mattina Gulla - Mango Curry. 

Let us see the recipe now :

Ingredients :

Mattina Gulla /Brinjal : 2
Spices To Fry :
Urid dal : 1 Teaspoon
Methi Seeds/Fenugrik Seeds : 1/4 Teaspoon
Coriander seeds : 1 Tbs
Red chilly /Byadagi Chilly : 5 to 6
Ingh /Asafoetida : A little
To Grind :
Fried ingredients
Coconut : 1 Cup
Raw Mango :  1 (Small one)
To Add :
Salt : As required
Jaggery : 1 Tablespoon
Turmeric powder : A little
Pepper Pods : 3 to 4
Seasoning :
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Tsp
Ingh /Asafoetida : A little
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8
Green chilly : 2
Oil : 1 Tablespoon + 1tsp

Method :

1. Wash and cut Brinjal into big pieces. Soak the pieces in plain water for 10 minutes.


2. Prepare seasoning with mustard seeds, ingh and curry leaves. Add 2 green chilly.

3. Add cut brinjal pieces to seasoning and stir slowly.

4. Add a cup of water and little turmeric powder. Let it cook till soft. (Not very soft).
5. Keep a pan on the fire and add 1 teaspoon of oil. Add 1/4 tsp of methi seeds.
6. Fry till they turn slightly golden brown. Add urid dal and fry till they turn golden brown.
7. Add coriander seeds and byadagi chilly. Fry all the ingredients nicely for a minute on low flame.
8. Put off the fire and add ingh/asafoetida. Mix it well and let it cool.
9. Grate a cup of fresh coconut.
10. Wash and cut mango into small pieces.
11. Grind coconut, cut mango pieces,pepper pods and fried ingredients with required water.

12. Add salt and jaggery to cooked brinjal and stir slowly. Let it boil.

13 Add ground coconut mixture to cooked Brinjal. Mix it nicely and let it cook for 2 to 3 minutes.


14 Shift the curry to a serving dish and add cut coriander leaves.

15. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil on the top and serve.

Note :

Adding little coconut oil on the top just before serving taste best. (Optional).
You can use any type of brinjal to prepare this curry.
Adding more chilly is optional.
Adding tamarind instead of raw mango is optional.
Time 30 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4 .

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Bottle Gourd Jeera - Pepper Curry

Bottle Gourd /doodhi/sorekai is one of the healthy vegetable and it has become very popular these days. It is filled with vitamins and minerals. It helps to regulate the blood pressure and sugar level in our body. It is filled with fiber.

I have used bottle gourd, moong dal, coconut, jeera and pepper.

Let us see some benefits of eating Pepper in our diet.

Peeper has been used since ages and it is loaded with medicinal values. It is known as king of spices and we Indians do use in our cooking. It is high in antioxidant and helps to improve damaged cells in our body. It is loaded with anti inflammatory properties. It helps to improve blood sugar level. Pepper also helps in lowering the cholesterol levels. It is good for cough and cold. it helps in absorbing nutrients from the food we eat. It good for digestion. It is good for brain health. It is said that  it may help the brain health. ( Avoid losing memory).
No Onion or No Garlic Curry .
Let us see the recipe now :

To Cook :

Bottle gourd pieces : 1 Bowl
Moong dal : 1/2 Cup
Green chilly : 2
To grind :
Coconut : 1 Cup
Jeera /Cumin seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Pepper Pods : 5 to 6 pods
Ginger : An inch
To Add :
Ground coconut mixture
Tamarind Tokku : 1 Teaspoon
Salt : As required
Turmeric powder : A little
Coriander leaves : 1 Tablespoon
To Season :
Coconut Oil : 1 Tablespoon
Mustard Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh /Asafoetida : A little
Curry leaves : 5 to 6

Method :

1 Wash and remove the outer layer of bottle gourd. Cut bottle gourd into small  small pieces.


2. Wash and cook moong dal with required water.


3. Wash coriander leaves, curry leaves and cut them in to small pieces. Wash ginger and scrape out the outer layer. Cut ginger into pieces and keep it aside.
4. Prepare seasoning with coconut oil and add cut bottle gourd pieces. Mix it well and add water. Let it cook till the pieces are soft. Add little turmeric powder while cooking. Add cut green chilly.



 5.Grate coconut and grind with pepper, jeera and ginger with required water.


6. Now mix cooked dal and cooked bottle gourd pieces. Add tamarind tokku. Add salt. Stir slowly and mix the curry well.


7. Add ground coconut mixture and mix it well.

8. Let it cook on medium flame for 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in between so that it does not get burnt at the bottom.

9. Shift bottle gourd, jeera - pepper curry to a serving dish. Add cut coriander leaves.


10. Serve bottle gourd, jeera - pepper curry for lunch or as you wish. (with chapati or any other main dishes).

Note :

Cut bottle gourd in to small pieces so that it cooks quickly. Adding more chilly is optional. Adding toor dal instead of moong is optional.
Adding tamarind pulp instead of tamarind tokku is optional.
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4.

Mattina Gulla - Mango Curry

Mattina Gulla is a brinjal which is specially grown in place called Mattu near Udupi/Karnataka. The brinjal /Mattina gulla has a special ta...

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