Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Bhenda Alle Piyavu-(Lady's finger cooked in a spicy coconut sauce and flavoured with onion and ginger)


This is a totally traditional recipe of the GSB community of Mangalore region.I love this dish as I have grown up eating this one but my Mom-in law prepares this dish with a vegetable called breadfruit.Itseems this curry can be prepared with fish as well ,but,sorry I do not have any idea as I have never cooked anything beyond egg in NV.This is a curry which has delicate flavour of ginger and onion with lots of coconut which makes your portion of rice double as this tastes best with rice,that too boiled rice.

Ingredients:
Lady's finger,tender ones            20 nos
Onion (M)sliced                        3-4(abt 1.5cups)
Ginger chopped                         1tsp
Green chilli(slit)                        1
Salt                                            to taste
lime juice                                  1/2tsp

For Masala:
Fresh coconut                           1cup
(grated)
Roasted red chillies                  3-4
(byadagi variety)
Tamarind                                  size of chickpea
For seasoning:
Coconut oil                                1.5tsp

Method:
  • Wash the lady's finger and towel dry,later cut into pieces.
  • Prepare a masala paste with mentioned ingredients to a smooth consistency.
  • In a pan take the chopped onions,slit ladys' finger,salt,green chilli.
  • Add a cup of water with 1/2tsp lime juice and bring to boil.
  • Cover and cook for 2 minutes , add chopped ginger and the ground masala.
  • Bring to a good boil.Add required water to get a curry consistency.
  • Cover and cook till lady's finger and onions are tender.
  • Finally drizzle fresh coconut oil,cook for another 1 minute.
  • Switch off.
  • Goes good with rice.


Note:
Other variants instead of Lady's finger are Malabar cucumber(magge in Konkani,dosakai in Telugu,Manglur sauthe in Kannada);Breadfruit(jeevkadgi in Konkani,Deevi halasu in kannada);Potato.
In case of these vegetables-then take the sliced vegetable along with chopped ginger and green chillies with little salt and pressure cook it with little water to 1-2 whistles(time taken by that particular vegetable)


 
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