Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Deepavali Greetings 2014!

I wish all my readers and friends a very happy Deepavali!

I leave you with our favorite Rava Laddoos and Gulab Jamuns

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Gongura Podi | Andhra Spice Powder

I have a fancy for spice powders and when it comes to Andhra Cuisine, you will find so many varieties. I have grown up, seeing so many spice powders getting made and served. Amma's Podi is always such a favorite among my favorites and is always stocked.

Athamma is also known for all the chutneys and Podis that she makes. I have always known that given a vegetable, she is known to make a chutney. We mostly make chutney with Gongura, today's recipe is more of a podi.

This makes a great spice powder to be mixed with rice and ghee.
It's been raining the whole day today and the weather has been excellent. It's raining after a long time and we have been enjoying the rains. I have been busy trying to make couple of dishes that were supposed to made for the BM. On the whole it's been quite productive day.

I enjoyed my lunch with this podi, mixed with rice and ghee.

Gongura Podi

Ingredients Needed:

Gongura Leaves - 2 cups
Dry Red chille - 6 - 7 no
Coriander Seeds -  1 tsp
Fenugreek / Methi - 1/2 tsp
Channa Dal - 1 tsp
Tamarind - 1 small marble size

For Tempering

Oil - 2 tsp
Round dry red chilies - 3 -4
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp

How to make the Gongura Podi

Wash and dry the leaves well.

Then dry roast all the ingredients except gongura leaves and tamarind. Once the ingredients are roasted, remove and let it cool.

Once cooled, powder to a fine powder.

Roast the leaves till they wilt and get cooked well. Remove and allow to cool. Take the leaves in the mixer, along with powder. Pulse it couple of times, along with tamarind extract, along with salt.
This goes for the October Week 3, Cooking from Cookbook Challenge  Group.

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