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Sunday, May 31, 2009

UPPUMANGA/PACHAMANGA (PICKLE)


THIS PICKLE IS A DIFFERENT ONE AS THE NAME SUGGESTS IT IS UPPU MANGA BECAUSE IT HAS NO MIRCHI POWDER IN THE MAKING. ALSO IT LOOKS GREENISH SO MAY BE, IT IS ALSO CALLED PACHA MANGA.
USUALLY THIS VARIETY IS PREPARED IN LESS QUANTITY WHEN COMPARED TO OTHER VARIETIES.
IT GOES VERY WELL WITH CURD RICE AS AN ACCOMPANIMENT. AND BEST TASTES EVEN WHEN HAD WITH HOT RICE AND GHEE LIKE ANY OTHER PICKLE. THE MAIN INGREDIENT IT HAS FOR ITS TASTE IS THILL/ELLU/SEASAME SEEDS WHICH IS GOOD IN IRON  CALCIUM CONTENT.ALSO GIVES THE TANGY TASTE TO THE PICKLE ALONG WITH THE MUSTARD POWDER.
ALL THE PREPARATION FOR THE PICKLE SHOULD ALSO BE FOLLOWED  FOR THIS.
THE BELOW MENTIONED INGREDIENTS SHOULD BE KEPT READY.
WHITE THILL SHOULD BE CLEANED AND ROASTED IN HOT KADAI TILL THEY SPLUTTER AND GOOD AROMA COMES. COOL AND POWDER THE THILL. ALSO MUSTARD SEEDS SHOULD BE POWDERED ALONG WITH SALT AND KEPT READY. METHI POWDER,LG POWDER SHOULD BE MADE AND KEPT READY. WIPE THE CUT MANGOES AND KEEP READY.

THE MEASURES GIVEN BELOW ARE FOR 5 (FIVE)  MEDIUM SIZE MANGOES.

MANGOES           5 NOS

MUSTARD POWDER     125 GRMS

SALT         150 GRMS

THILL      200 GRMS

METHI POWDER    2 TSP

LG POWDER   1 TSP

THIL OIL    200 ML

IN A BOWL COMBINE MUSTARD AND SALT POWDER, THIL POWDER,METHI POWDER, LG POWDER AND MIX WELL. ADD 3/4 OF OIL AND MIX. ADD THE MANGO PIECES HANDFUL AT A TIME MIX WELL COATING ALL THE PIECES AND THEN PUT THEM IN JADI AFTER POURING LITTLE OIL IN BOTTOM OF THE JADI. REPEAT THE PROCESS TILL ALL THE PIECES ARE FINISHED. POUR THE REMAINING OIL ON THE TOP AND CLOSE WITH LID . TIE A CLOTH AND PLACE THE JADI IN DRY PLACE. ON THIRD DAY GIVE A STIR TO THE PICKLE USING WOODEN LADDLE THEN CLOSE AND TIE CLOTH AND  KEEP THE JADI BACK. TWO MORE TIMES THE PICKLE CAN BE MIXED WITH WOODEN LADDLE AND CAN BE USED AFTER THAT.

AVAKAI OORUGAI

I am back in Hyderabad. It is very hot with
40 to 42degrees celcius.Came all the way from Moscow where it was 8 degrees when i left.
Happy to be back home to meet my father,
brother and sister and have the delicious BANGANAPALLI  mangoes.
Ofcourse neot to miss the AVAKAI SEASON i am
on time.
It is a ritual here when it comes to preparing
mango pickle which is preserved whole year
long.  The timing for making the pickle is also
important.Usually we make before the amavasya of tamil vaigasi month--which is
around 20th May.This is ensured to avoid
mangoes getting more ripe aftr May which is
not good for pickle.
We choose an auspicious day and make the
pickle. This requires some pre-arrangements assembling the ingredients and
also keeping the JAADI cleaned and kept ready.
Choosing the variety of mangoes is also
important.The mangoes should be white in
colour when cut and should be sour and with
fibre. The mangoes are picked washed
wiped and cut to pieces with TENKA MEANING OODU.
These pieces are further wiped with dry cloth and the white fibre like thin layer
removed from the TNAKA .By doing so the pickle will absorb less oil.
Ofcourse the required quantity as per measure will be used to keep the pickle
fresh year long and it will not allow the pickle to get spoiled.
Then comes making of masala for the pickle.
The main ingredients are mirchi powder,
mustard powder, salt, methi seeds and seasame oil.
There are many varieties of pickles like
plain avakai, vellamangai, uppumangai,
engimangai, kobera mangai and engipoondu


AVAKAI OORUGAI/PACHADI

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE INGEDIENTS FOR MAKING 10 MANGOES PICKLE

MEDIUM SIZED MANGOES    10 NOS

MIRCHI POWDER
(THREE MANGOES BRAND)    400 GRMS

MUSTARD POWDER                  480 GRMS

SALT                                               400 GRMS

METHI POWDER                           50 GRMS

METHI SEEDS                                2 TSP

LG POWDER                                  2 TSP

HALDI                                            2 TSP

SEASAME OIL                            500 ML    TO 600 ML

KEEP ALL THE INGRDIENTS READY DULY MEASURED AS REQUIRED.
METHI SEEDS SHOULD BE CLEANED AND KEP IN SUN LIGHT FOR SOME TIME.
ROAST THE SEEDS IN HOT KADAI TILL THEY TURN LIGHT BROWN AND AROMA
COMES. PUT OFF STOVE ADD HALDI POWDER WHILE IT IS HOT AND STIR WELL AND
TRANSFER TO A PLATE. COOL AND THEN POWDER.

LG(ASOFOTIDA) WHICH IS IN SOLID FORM SHOULD BE USED. BREAK THEM TO PIECES AND POWDER THE REQUIRED QUANTITY
AND KEEP READY. ONE SPOON OF THIS POWDER CAN BE FRIED IN SEASAME OIL AND COOLED AND KEPT READY.

 MANGOES SHOULD BE PICKED WASHED WIPED AND THEN CUT TO PIECES.
WHEN ONE MANGO IS CUT YOU GET 16 PIECES. WIPE THE PIECES AGAIN AND REMOVE THE WHITE THIN SKIN
FROM THE TENKA/OODU AND SPREAD THE PIECES ON A WIDE PLATE AND KEEP.

I WOULD LIKE TO MENTION  A FEW WORDS REGARDING MUSTARD POWDER HERE:

IF YOU ARE USING READYMADE MUSTARD POWDER THE MASALA FOR PICKLE CAN BE PREPARED DIRECT
BY ADDING ONE AFTER OTHER THE POWDERS IN A BIG BOWL. 
                                           ALTERNATIVELY

MUSTARD SEEDS CAN POWDERED AFTER SUNDRYING THE SEEDS IN A PLATE.
 TAKE THE REQUIRED QUANTITY AND ADD THE MIRCHI POWDER
AND SALT AS PER MEASURE AND POWDER TOGETHER IN THE MIXIE.THIS CAN BE DONE
IN TWO TO THREE TIMES IN SMALL QUANTIES AS THE MIXIE JAR MAY NOT HOLD THE
WHOLE QUANTITY TOGETHER AT A TIME.
 BY DOING SO THE POWDERS BLEND TOGETHER WELL AND ALSO MUSTARD WHEN POWDERED
 ALONG WITH OTHER INGREDIENTS WILL NOTLEAVE OIL WHILE POWDERING SEPERATE.
 THE FRESHNESS OF THE MUSTARD CAN ALSO BE DERIVED.THEY CALL THIS "AVAPINDI"
WHEN ONCE THE POWDERS ARE READY PUT THEM IN A BIG BOWL  ADD METHI POWDER ,METHI SEEDS AND THEN LG POWDER AND
ALSO THE LG FRIED IN OIL(ALONG WITH OIL SHOULD BE ADDED) AND MIX WELL.
 ADD OIL LITTLE BY LITTLE MIXING THE POWDER TILL THE DRY POWDER IS FULLY MIXED WITH
OIL AND GIVES A CONSISTENCY OF MIXED CURD RICE. BALANCE OIL CAN BE RETAINED TO BE POURED LATER.
TAKE HANDFUL  OF CUT MANGOES AND ADD TO THIS MIX IN THE BOWL. COAT THE PIECES WITH THE POWDER GENTLY
MIXING WITH THE HANDS AND REMOVE THE PEICES WITH SOME PODI AND PUT IN THE  JADI KEPT READY. A LITTLE OIL SHOULD
BE POURED IN THE EMPTY JADI FIRST TO KEEP THE BOTTOM GREESY. REPEAT THE PROCESS TILL ALL THE MANGO
PIECES ARE COMPLETED. THE PODI AND MANGOES WILL BE MIXED EVENLY TILL THE END.POUR THE REMAINING
OIL ON TOP AND CLOSE WITH THE LID AND TIE A WHITE CLOTH AND KEEP IT IN DRY PLACE. THE PICKLE SHOULD
BE GIVEN A STIR ON THE THIRD DAY- THAT IS- AFTER 48 HOURS. MORE OIL CAN BE ADDED TO COVER THE PICKLE
AND IT IS GOOD IF SOME OIL REMAINS  HALF TO ONE INCH ABOVE THE PICKLE LEVEL IN THE JADI.
TWO MORE STIRS ARE REQUIRED AFTER THIS ON ALERNATE DAYS. THEN THE PICKLE IS READY FOR USE.

Monday, May 4, 2009

PAVAKAI CURRY

PAVAKAI IS RARELY COOKED IN OUR HOUSES.
CHILDREN NEVER LIKE TO HAVE THIS. EVEN ELDERS
TAKE IT FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSE.FOR TASTE SAKE
WHEN IT IS USED-IT GIVES ITS
UNIQUE SMELL AND TASTE IN RECIPES LIKE PITLAI.
THIS VEGETABLE IS AVOIDED ON AUSPICIOUS DAYS,
MAY BE FOR THE REASON IT HAS THE BITTERNESS.
THOUGH BITTERNESS IS GOOD FOR HEALTH THIS VEGETABLE
REQUIRES SOME PRE-COOKING STEPS TO BE FOLLOWED EVEN BEFORE
IT IS CUT. USUALLY THE POINTED PORTION IS SCRAPED OFF.
IT IS CUT AND MIXED WITH SALT AND LEFT FOR SOMETIME TO
REMOVE THE BITTER JUICE OUT OF IT. NORMALLY THE VEGETABLE
IS PAR BOILED BEFORE MAKING IT AS A CURRY OR IN GRAVY FORM.
EVEN WHILE PAR BOILING TAMARIND IS USED ALONG WITH SALT AND
HALDI.THE BITTERNESS IS NOT FULLY LOST EVEN AFTER FOLLOWING THE
STEPS. BUT WHEN FRIED AND MADE AS CURRY WITH OTHER INGREDIENTS
IT TASTES GOOD. ONE SUCH RECIPE IS GIVEN BELOW. IT IS DONE IN
ANDHRA PRADESH IN ANDHRA REGION.


INGREDIENTS

BITTER GOURD/
PAVAKAI 500GMS

GRAM FLOUR/
BESAN 2 TBLS

JEERA 2 TSP

CHILLI POWDER 2 TSP

SALT

HALDI 1/2 TSP

LG 1/4 TSP

OIL 2 TBLS


CUT PAVAKAI EITHER LIKE RINGS OR THIN LONG PIECES. ADD
2 TSP SALT MIX WELL AND KEEP ASIDE FOR MINIMUM 1/2 HR.
SQUEEZE AND RINSE IT WELL UNDER RUNNING WATER AND DISCARD THE
SEEDS IF ANY, DRAIN AND KEEP ASIDE.

HEAT OIL IN KADAI PREFERABLY HEAVY BASED ONE, ADD PAVAKAI SAUTE
AND COOK ON MEDIUM FIRE. STIR OCCASIONALLY TILL ALL THE PIECES
TURN LIGHT BROWN AND EVENLY FRIED.

MAKE POWDER OF JEERA. DRY FRY BESAN IN HOT KADAI ON LOW FIRE
TAKING CARE NOT TO BURN THE FLOUR. REMOVE AND MIX WITH CHILLI
POWDER, JEERA POWDER AND LG. ADD THIS POWDER TO COOKED PAVAKAI
IN KADAI AND SAUTE. KEEP STIRING FOR A WHILE AND ADD LITTLE
SALT JUST REQUIRED FOR THE POWDER- MIX AND REMOVE.
THIS CAN BE HAD WITH ROTI, AND HOT RICE WITH GHEE ALONG WITH RAW ONION
PIECES. MANY OF THE FRIED CURRIES CALLED "VEPUDU" IN ANDHRA STYLE
ARE HAD WITH RAW ONION PIECES WHEN MIXING WITH RICE-SPECIALLY
WITH GONGURA PACHADI SAADAM.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

DRUMSTICK CURRY

 MURUNGAIKAI /DRUMSTICK IS USUALLY USED FOR SAMBAR IN MOST SOUTH
INDIAN HOUSES. THE UNIQUE AROMA WHILE COOKING IT IS APPETISING.
I TA STED THIS CURRY IN MY FRIEND'S HOUSE WHILE IN UAE. THEY ARE FROM
ANDHRA PRADESH AND MOST OF THE CURRIES THEY COOK ARE IN GRAVY FORM
AND THEY ARE SPICY.MY CHILDREN LIKE THIS CURRY VERY MUCH AND WHEN
DONE WITH TENDER DRUMSTICKS THEY TASTE GOOD.

DRUMSTICKS 4 NOS

TOMATOES 4 NOS

ONION 1 NO

GINGER GARLIC PASTE 1 TSP

GREEN CHILLIES 4NOs

DANIA POWDER 1TSP

RED CHILLI POWDER 1TSP

CINNAMON STICK PIECE

OIL

SALT

HALDI 1/2 tsp


CUT DRUMSTICKS, ONION AND TOMATOES AND KEEP.
HEAT OIL (2 TABLESPOON) IN A PAN, ADD CINNAMON,AND THEN ONION AND FRY.
ADD GINGER GARLIC PASTE AND SAUTE. ADD DRUMSTICK PIECES AND SPRINKLE
LITTLE WATER, COVER AND COOK ON MEDIUM FLAME.KEEP STIRRING NOW AND THEN.
WHEN 1/2 DONE,ADD TOMATOES, SAUTE AND ADD SALT,HALDI, SLIT GREEN CHILLIES COVER AND COOK.
WHEN TOMATOES BECOME PULPY ADD DANIA POWDER AND CHILLI POWDER MIX AND COOK FOR A WHILE TILL RAW SMELL OF DANIA AND CHILLI POWDER GOES.REMOVE AND GARNISH WITH CORIANDER LEAVES.