Friday, September 28, 2007

Lunch Box Series : LBS#13

Gongura which is known as Red Sorrel Leaves, Roselle, Pulicha Keerai (Tamil), Ambad bhaji, ambada, ambadi(Hindi) are popular sour greens available in local markets. Tender leaves of these are very tasty in any ways. Gongura is very famous in Andhra, be it for its pachadi or pappu. Amma makes a delicious pachadi from this. But pappu is a specialty dish from Athamma. Hubby dear loves this a lot and expects this to be part of the menu very often. Dad on the other hand loves the pachadi. So between two of them they ensure we eat lot of gongura. I am not really for the sour ones, but when the leaves are added appropriately to the dal, the taste is heavenly.

Today's Lunch Box had

Gongura Pappu
Plain Rice
Beans Carrot Stir Fry
Curd Rice.

Gongura Pappu

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

Ingredients Needed:

Gongura Aaku - 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!

Beans Carrot Stir Fry

Ingredients Needed:

Beans & Carrot - 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 trim the beans. Scrap the carrot skin and chop to fine pieces.

Par boil this in 1 cup of water.

Heat oil in kadai. Add seasonings items. Once they splutter, add curry leaves, then add the par boiled vegetables.

Add Chille pw, Coriander pw, turmeric pw and salt to taste. Mix well. Simmer it for 5 mins.

Hope you enjoyed!

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Padmaja said...

Srivalli, can u imagine an andhrite without having gongura??
last year, i did grow some here in uk and this year didn't have time.
u'r simple recipe looks so incredible!!

lakshmi said...

the mere mention of gongura makes my mouth water

Asha said...


Padma said...

The thought of Gongura makes my mouthwater as Lakshmi we find gongura only in summer and I dont miss buying it...Love the pappu with G

bindiya said...

I dont think I have ever had this but looks soooo good, thx Sri will try this Gongura out

Sharmi said...

delicious looking dal!

Tee said...

I love gongura...and your lunch box looks delicious, as usual! :)

Apple said...

Gongura pappu looks tempting Srivalli....we don't get gongura here..So I buy Priya gongura pickle add this to Toor dal, do the popu and that's my gongura pappu....:D

USHA said...

Hi Srivalli,

Wonderful and healthy lunch....

Rina said...

Gongura is my fav. Will luv it with Dhall or jsut as chutney.

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Nice looking Gongura pappu Valli :-)

musical said...

Heavenly! Haven't seen gongura in ages.....and dunno' where to find it here! Thanks for sharing this, atleast i can enjoy some gongura through the computer :).

Roopa said...

yum i love the gongura pappu looks delicious. i onlu started using after blogging u know :)

Srivalli said...

Padmaja, what you say is true...we are so into it

lakshmi, haha..nice to know

Asha, glad you liked it

Padma, thats nice to know ...

bindiya, this is very healthy and good to looking forward to you trying this

Sharmi, thank you

Tee, thats very nice of you to say so

Apple, hey thats indeed an innovation...thanks

Usha, thanks

Rina, good to know

Sirisha, glad this gets so many fans

musical, oh thats bad..but glad I could make you enjoy..

Roopa, blogging does that to us right...good to know.

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