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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Aam ki Launji ( A North Indian cousin of the delectable Amba Khatta )

Though I was aware of the comparison of the delectable Mango Launji with finger-licking odia delicacy Amba Khatta, it took a bunch of North Indian friends to point out the striking similarity between the two. The difference lies mainly in the spices used. The Launji is made with a kalonji and saunf seasoning whereas the odia version opts for the 'pancha-phutana' or paanch-phoran along with a generous dose of curry leaves and roasted cumin chili powder. I guess it boils down to the strong coriander flavor in the former whereas the latter has a distinctive note of cumin in it.

( These differences are only general and different folks may use a variation of the above mentioned seasoning. )

Read on for the recipe ( adapted from Tarla Dalal's cookbook ) -

Preparation Time - 15 mins

Ingredients -

  • 2 raw mangoes 
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds 
  • 1/4 tsp nigella seeds
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp kashmiri chilli powder ( as I prefer the red color. One can also use the normal variant )
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar (jaggery will also do and I would prefer it )
  • 3 tsp oil
  • salt to taste

Preparation - Peel and cut the mangoes into thin slices along the length.

Cooking - Heat oil in a pan. Add fennel and nigella seeds followed by the mango slices after 1 minute.

Stir for about 5 mins or till mangoes turn mushy. Then add coriander powder, chili powder, turmeric, salt and 1 - 1 1/2 cups of water. Boil for 6-7 mins till it becomes thick.

Add the jaggery and stir to dissolve it completely. Switch off flame. Remove and keep aside.

Allow it to cool down completely. It can be served on the same day or kept in a airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 weeks. 

For Amba khatta recipe, click here .

Monday, June 30, 2014

Bhendi Amba Khatta

Usually 'Ambula' or 'dried green mangoes' is the preferred ingredient for adding a touch of tang to this simple and tasty dish. But since green mangoes are plentifully available, i decided to save up on my ambula stock and use some green mango this time. And since some of our South Indian friends find the all out mustard-garlic flavoring a bit too overpowering, I also added a few slices of fresh coconut to the mustard paste to sweeten it a bit and turn down the heat.

The result was a sweet and tangy gravy that became the high point of my lunch. Had it with white rice and dal. Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time : 15 mins

Ingredients -

  • 200 gm Ladies finger/bhendi
  • 3-4 thin slices of green mango
  • 1 green chili
  • 1 red chili
  • 3-4 flakes of garlic
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh coconut
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • a pinch of fenugreek for tempering
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3 tsp oil
  • salt to taste

Preparation: Wash the ladies finger and cut across the section into 1.5 inch sized pieces (do not slit it along the length).

Keep aside a few mustard seeds and one pod of garlic for the tempering. Grind the mustard seeds and remaining garlic pods along with the coconut and green chili into a fine paste.

Cooking: Heat 2 tsp oil in a deep vessel and fry the ladiesfinger pieces till the stickiness goes away.
Remove from vessel and keep aside.

Add another tsp oil. When it starts smoking, add the broken red chili, fenugreek seeds and mustard seeds. Add the curry leaves and crushed garlic pod to the spluttering seeds.

Add the green mango slices and cook on high for 2-3 mins.

Add the mustard-coconut-garlic paste along with 1 cup of water. Bring it to a boil and add the fried ladies finger pieces along with turmeric powder, sugar and salt to taste.

Allow the curry to boil for 5 mins or till the ladies finger becomes soft. Remove from the fire and serve with rice.

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