Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Tangy Lady's finger Curry

Lady's finger /Bendekayi / Okra is one of the favourtie vegetable of many of us. This Bendekayi I got from DhatriVana. Bendekayi Tamarind Curry is an excelent side dish. People who like Sour/Tangy /Savoury taste. Its Yum, Its mouthwatering and it has to be tasted and relished. Try and enjoy.


We had been to a place called Dhatrivana a village type resort,  led by Geetha B.U. The ladies group from Anthapura, traveled To a place called Dhatrivana.
Dhatrivana is an excellent resort which has lots of trees and plants around. A beautiful place and lovely activities which bring back our old memories.   Old games , the culture we followed. One has to enjoy being there.
We really had good time and got so much vegetables as prizes. The day was nicely spent with friends and good time to cherish.

Let us see some benefits of eating Lady's finger in our diet.

Lady's finger is rich in fiber and good for digestion. It helps in controlling the diabetes. It helps in  improving our eye sight. It is good for weight loss. It is good for good memory power. It is rich in nutrients. It has a good source of antioxidants.
I have prepared Tangy Lady's finger Curry, the savory curry is yummy to have with any of the main dish. Tamarind dominates aroma and taste very good. The light sweet and savoury  taste goo and added some crushed sesame seeds.
No Onion or No Garlic Curry. Good to prepare during fasting or festival time.

Ingredients :

Lady's finger : 10 to 15
Tamarind Pulp : 2 Tablespoons
Coconut Chutney Powder : 2 to 3 Tbs
Rasam Powder : 1 Tbs
Crushed Sesame Seeds : 1 Tbs
Salt : As required
Coriander leaves : 2 Tbs
Jaggery : 1 Tbs
Seasoning :
Coconut Oil : 2 Tbs
Methi/Fenugrik seeds : 3 to 4
Mustard seeds L 1/2 Tsp
Ingh /Asafoetida : A little
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6

Method :


1. Wash and wipe the moisture of lady's finger and leave it for 5 minutes.


2. Cut them into small pieces.


3. Soak tamarind in warm water and squeeze out the pulp. Keep the pulp aside.


4. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add oil, mustard seeds and methi seeds. Add ingh and curry leaves once the mustard seeds splutter.
5. Add curry leaves and cut lady's finger pieces and stir for 2 to 3 minutes on low flame. Stir in between so that it does not get burnt on one side.


6.  Now add tamarind pulp, jaggery, little turmeric powder and required salt. Cook for 2 minutes.


7. It gets thick. Add coconut chutney powder and rasam powder. Mix it well and cook for 2 minutes.
8. Shift it to a serving dish.


9. Add crushed sesame seeds on top. Add cut coriander leaves mix it and serve.




Note :

Adding coconut chutney powder adds to the taste. You need to saute bendikayi till it turns soft. then you add tamarind pulp. Or the curry gets sticky. Using any cooking oil is optional.
Use of jaggery less/more is optional. Home made coconut chutney powder adds to the taste. Or you can add coconut powder. (Dry copra powder).
Crushed sesame seeds adds to the taste.
Time : 20 Minutes.
Serves : 2 to 3
Home made coconut chutney powder :
Dry roast coconut and 1 tsp of urid dal. Dry roast red chilly. Once it is cooled dry grind it with required salt.
Roast some sesam eseeds and crush it with your roller  or just dry grind once for a 10 seconds  and you will be getting crushed sesasme seeds.
                                                             OR

Dry roast sesame seeds till it pops up and put it on a flat surface on kitchen slab and roll the chapati roller on it. So that it crushes well under the roller and you get well crushed sesame seeds.


 From DhatriVana  I got all these as rewards.



Thursday, July 2, 2020

Raw Papaya Dry Curry

Raw Papaya dry curry is a side dish. It is mild, yummy and good for health.


I got this papaya from my neighbour who has papaya plants and they have space for growing papaya and banana plants.
As neighbours the lady of the home gives us Papaya and banana stems at times. So fresh and good Papaya is raw this time and I thought of preparing dry curry this time.
It is one of the simple,e easy, quick and healthy curry goes well with all the Indian Main dishes.

I have done this curry in a very simple way.

Let us see some benefits of Eating Raw Papaya.
Raw Papaya is filled anti oxidants. It helps to cleans the body. It helps for easy digestion. It is good for healthy skin conditions. It is loaded with anti inflammatory properties. It helps in balancing cholesterol level in our body. It eases the menstrual pain. Controls the bowel movements.
Let us see the recipe Now :
I Washed and cut papaya into small pieces. Then seasoned with mustard, jeera, slit green chilly and curry leaves. Added the pieces, stirred nicely. Added some water and cooked on medium flame.
When the moisture dries up added required salt and mixed it well. Shifted the dry curry to a serving dish and added some grated coconut. This is how I have done this raw Papaya dry curry /palya as we call it.
Let us see the recipe Now :

Things Needed :

Raw Papaya / Unripe Papaya : 1/2 : 1 Bowl
To Season : 
Oil : 2 Tbs
Mustard Seeds : 1 Tsp
Jeera /Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Tsp
Green Chilly : 2
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6
To Add :
Salt : As required
Coconut Grated : 1/2 Cup.

Method :

1. Wash and peel off the outer layer and inner seeds from papaya and cut into very small pieces.





2. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add oil, mustard seeds, jeera. Let mustard splutter.


3. Add green chilly and curry leaves.
4. Add cut papaya pieces.
5. Mix it well and add some water. Cook till it is soft.


6.. Add little turmeric powder and required salt. Mix it well and cook for a minute.


7. Shift it to a serving dish. Add coconut gratings and mix it nicely.

8. Raw Papaya Dry Curry/Palya is ready to serve.


9. We had  Raw Papaya Dry Curry /Palya for lunch.

Note :

Cool Papaya pieces till its soft.
Add coconut once you shift the curry to a serving dish.
Do not add much masala to get the good taste. .
Adding Onions and garlic is optional.
Time : 20 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4. 




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