Friday, September 14, 2007

Lunch Box Series : LBS#12

In our recent trip to our native, we got hold of these Andhra Favorites and brought them back with us home. These are Chinthaaku or Tender Tamarind Leaves. This is very famous and consumed with much passion in Andhra. My Dad is so fond of this. Well we finally got down preparing this for lunch.


Today's Lunch Box had

Chinthaaku Pappu
Plain Rice
Potato Podimas
Curd Rice.

Chinthaaku Pappu

Serves: 4
Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 20 mins
Cuisine : Andhra

Ingredients Needed:

Chinthaaku - 1 cup
Tur Dal - 75 gms
Green chillies - 5 - 6 (based on your spicy)
Tamarind - a small piece
Onion - 1 small one
Garlic - 2 pods
Tomato - 2 medium
Mustard Seeds + Urud Dal - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste

Method to prepare:

For Dal, take the desired quantity of Greens, Wash and chop.

Clean the dal and keep aside.

Chop the onions, tomatoes. Keep aside

In the pressure cooker, add leaves with tur dal, Green Chillies, turmeric, chopped tomatoes, Tamarind and water. Put it for 3 whistles.

In a pan heat oil, then add seasoning items.

Once they splutter, add Onions, Curry leaves, Garlic. Fry till onions are brown and the raw smell leaves.

Remove the pressure lid and mash it with dal masher. Add salt and more water if required. Add the seasoning to the dal. Cook on high flame for few mins.

Dal is ready!

Potato Podimas

This goes very well with everything!

Ingredients Needed:

Potatoes - 500 gms
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Mustard seeds + Urud Dal - 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves few
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp



Method to prepare:

Wash and remove the potato skin. Cut it into fine pieces.

Heat oil in kadai. Add seasonings items. Once they splutter, add curry leaves, then chopped Potatoes. Fry well so that its well coated with oil. Simmer it without covering. If it is covered it becomes soft.

Add Chille pw, Coriander pw, turmeric pw and salt to taste. Mix well. Simmer it for 10 t0 15 mins. Once you see its nice and crispy, you can remove from flame.

Hope you enjoyed!

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13 comments :

Nanditha Prabhu said...

i never knew e could cook tamarind leaves!
our chennai residence is surrounded by these trees and Im sure to try this when I am back there!Are these leaves bitter?

Latha Narasimhan said...

Liked the podimas! All this reminds of my school days. How my mother used to pack a variety for 5 children!

Asha said...

I did enjoy it,looks fabulous.I used to eat this Tamarind leaves at home in India, never seen it here though!
Lunch looks yum!:))
Have fun tomorrow,see you on Monday.

Jyothi said...

Hi Srivalli! chintachiguru pappu, this is my favorite. Badly missing. Lunch box recipes are so tempting. All are looks lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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musical said...

Srivalli,

The lunch looks yummy! i didn't have much for lunch today and am really hungry, give me some plz! and i love the tender tamarind leaves! if only i could get some here.....

have a great weekend,
musical.

Jeena said...

Srivalli I wish I had a lunch box like this it looks great. Lovely recipes they all look and sound delicious. :)

Siri said...

Hey Srivalli.. I would love to have such a mom who packs me such sumptuos meal every afternoon.. just kidding.:D.. seriously.. I love your blog and the recipes you make..:)..Thanks for sharing...and waiting for more..

Chintaaku pappu nooru oorinchesindi..:)

Vcuisine said...

Lovely array of dishes Valli. Viji

Bharathy said...

Nice to see the innovative way using tamarind leaves!!
The dishes are all homely and great!..

Sharmi said...

how did you bring the aaku? looks yum:)

Srivalli said...

Nanditha, dishes from tender tamarind leaves are quite famous in Andhra..you should definetely try it if you can get them...the tender leaves are not bitter...infact when you cook they get mashed so you will just taste the leave and may not see it too

Latha, agree with you. My daughter also asks me at times that her classmates gets these. I really appriciate your mother's patience in packing food for 5 children!

Asha, great to know that. Thanks and yes we had lots of fun too

Jyothi, good to know that you like this. I guess only andhrites know this dish...

musical, thanks for the nice words. You are most welcome.

Jeena, thats was very sweet of you!. Thanks

Siri, thats is really very sweet. If only my daughter reacts like you and eats what I cook for her!

Viji, thanks for the words

Bharathy, thanks but this is no innovation from me. This is quite common in Andhra. Thought you would know abt this?

Sharmi, actually athamma got the leaves from my sil house which is a farmland. I haven't really seen a tamarind tree in the area where we live.

ramya said...

siri naaku noruruthundhi. wow and ur lunchbox series is very good and tempting.

Srivalli said...

Thanks ramya...

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