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Showing posts with label prawn with vegetables. Show all posts
Showing posts with label prawn with vegetables. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Janhi-Chingudi Sukhua Tarkari (Ridge gourd-shrimp curry)

It is no secret that I love mixing veg and no-veg ingredients in my recipes. Maybe it has got something to do with my Odia roots. But I suspect that laziness plays a good part in it. Since cooking veg and non-veg separately calls for more effort and simply skipping one just does not sound/feel right, one has to choose the middle path of mixing and matching the ingredients from both core groups. I keep trying out recipes from different parts of the state/country. Poee chingudi, chingudi dalma,chicken saagwala,  maccha mahura, maccha chencheda, sukhua-bilati baigana poda, the list is a long one.

This recipe however is indigenous to Western Odisha. Most village folks prefer to add fresh shrimp caught straight from the neighborhood pond/river. But when the water dries up during the summers, the sun dried/smoked version of shrimp makes for a good substitute.

Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 15 mins

Ingredients -

  • 3 cups ridge gourd (cubed)
  • 1 cup dried shrimp
  • 1 medium sized onion (roughly chopped)
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp pancha phutana
  • 1-2 dry red chili
  • 2 tsp big mustard seeds
  • 2 pinch turmeric
  • 3 tsp oil
  • salt to taste

Preparation - Wash and soak the dry shrimp for 1/2 hour.

Grind the mustard seeds, garlic pods and 1 red chili into a fine paste. Dissolve it in 2/3 cup water.

Cooking - Heat the oil in a wok. Add the broken chili and pancha phutana. Once it gets spluttering, add
the onion. Fry till translucent.

Add the shrimp and fry for 2 minutes before adding the ridge gourd cubes to it. Fry for 2-3 minutes.

Add the water in which mustard paste has been dissolved, taking care to discard the solid bits that have settled in the bottom of the cup.

Add salt and turmeric. Cover with a lid and cook on medium flame till the ridge gourd is done. Increase the flame a bit if there is a lot of water remaining. This curry should have a semi dry consistency.

Remove from the wok.

Serve with white rice.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Chingudi Dalma ( Our very own Prawn Dhansak )

As Dalma is usually synonymous to fasting days in the Odia culture, it came as a bit of shocker when I first heard about the non-veg versions from my husband's cousins. I am not sure how such recipes came about but I have a niggling doubt that maybe some enterprising Odia chef/restaurant was inspired by the iconic  Parsi delight 'Dhansak'. But I maybe wrong. Being from the western region of Odisha, Dalma was not something that we regularly encountered during the growing up years. It was labelled as 'Kataki' ( meaning that it was favored by people from Cuttack ) dish.

However after marriage it became an integral part of my menu and i cook it alteast 2-3 times a week as it is very light and nutritious ( i avoid any kind of garam masala and ghee unless it is a special occasion ). Also, if one has chopped veggies stored in the fridge, it hardly takes 15 mins to get this dish onto the table. But coming to today's recipe, the 'Chingudi/Prawn Dalma' has got elements of the both a Odia prawn curry and a vegetable dalma. Like mine to have the texture of a thick lentil soup with melt in the mouth vegetables and chewy prawns. ( But going by the list of ingredients, I guess it is the closet thing next to a 'Prawn Dhansak'). Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 25-30 mins

Ingredients -

  • 1/2 cup toor dal
  • 1/2 cup diced pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup green banana
  • 1 small potato (cubed)
  • 5-6 big cauliflower florets
  • 1/4 cup green peas
  • 2 small tomatoes (each cut into 4 pieces)
  • 1/2 cup small shrimps
  • 1 small onion
  • 7-8 garlic flakes
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1 red chili
  • 2 green cardamom
  • 1 1/2 inch cinnamon
  • 2 small bay leaf
  • 2 pinch cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • 4 tsp rice bran oil
  • coriander leaves for garnishing
  • 2 pinch roasted cumin-chili powder (optional)

Preparation - Wash and marinate the prawns with a bit of salt and turmeric. (If they are small, leave the shells as it is else remove the shells)

Grind the onion, ginger, garlic. bay leaf, red chili, cinnamon and cardamom into coarse paste and keep aside.

Cooking - Wash and transfer the vegetables ( except for 1 tomato ) and the dal into a pressure cooker. Add salt and turmeric.Close lid and cook for 1-2 whistles. Keep aside till steam escapes.

Add 2-3 tsp oil to a wok. Thrown in the prawns and fry them on medium flame for 5 mins or till done. (Frying time depends on size)

Add the remaining oil to the same wok. Thrown in the bay leaf and cumin seeds. After the spluttering slows down, add the onion masala paste and fry till raw smell goes off.

Add the remaining tomato and cook till it softens. Now add the fried prawns and cook for 1-2 mins.

Pour the cooked dal and veggies into the wok. Bring to boil and simmer for 7-8 mins.

Sprinkle coriander leaves and roasted cumin-chili powder just before removing from the flame.

Serve hot with white rice or rotis.

Note - For a thicker and richer gravy , increase the amount of onion-garlic-ginger masala by 1.5 times, boil for 5-7 mins extra and add a little cinnamon powder just before removing from flame.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Chingudi Mahura/Chingudi Ghanta ( Prawns and mixed vegetables curry )

Found some tiny shrimps last weekend and after making a chechha,a jholo and a fried rice with those, there were still a few remaining. As I had posted the recipe for Maccha Mahura few days back, it was still on my mind and I could not think of doing anything better with the last of those tiny juicy prawns. Used the same recipe/method to prepare 'Chingudi Mahura' with. Did not have all the veggies that I would have liked to put into the curry so made the best use of whatever was there in the fridge. Cut down the amount of spices a bit and the curry turned out to be good.

Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 30 mins

Ingredients -

  • 1 cup tiny shrimps/prawns ( actually I had less than 1/2 cup remaining )
  • 1/2 cup chopped eggplant
  • 1 cup chopped pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup pointed gourd/parwal/potolo
  • 1 big potato
  • 1/2 of a small ridge gourd
  • 8 Malabar spinach stems ( about 2" each, use only the thin ones )
  • 1 medium sized tomato
  • 1/3 cup shelled green peas
  • 1 small onion
  • 4-5 garlic cloves
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1/3 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1/3 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 dry red chilli
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 2 cloves
  • 4-5 peppercorns
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 green cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • oil (as per requirement)
  • salt to taste

Preparation - Marinate the shrimps with salt and a pinch of turmeric.

Grind the onion, garlic and ginger into a coarse paste.

Chop the tomato into small pieces.

Cooking - Heat 1 tsp oil in a wok. Add the malabar spinach stems and fry on high for 3-4 mins. Remove and keep aside.

All the vegetables (except tomato and green peas) should be chopped into similar sized cubes. Clean and transfer them to a cooker with 1/4 cup water. Add a pinch of turmeric and salt. Cook on high flame for 2 whistles.

Set aside for allowing steam to escape. Drain excess water and keep aside.

Dry roast the coriander, cumin, chili, bay leaf, peppercorn, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom till fragrant. Remove and allow to cool down. Grind into a fine powder.

Heat 2-3 tsp oil in wok. Add the shrimp and fry for 4-5 minutes. Remove and keep aside.

In the same wok, add some more oil. Add the onion-garlic-ginger paste and fry till raw smell goes away.

Add the chopped tomatoes and sprinkle a little salt. Allow to soften a bit. Add the boiled vegetables along with the green peas and fried malabar spinach at this stage. Turn up the flame and fry for 3 minutes.

Finally add the powdered masala along with some of the water used for boiling the vegetables. Cover with a lid and simmer on low flame for 3-4 mins.

Add the shrimps and simmer for another 4-5 mins.

Serve hot with white rice or rotis.

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