RASAM 4

POTALA RASA / POINTED GOURD CURRY

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Today I am sharing a very delicious recipe from the odia cuisine.I am always intrigued by the simplicity of Odia Cuisine. I love pointed gourd and i am so glad I can find them here easily . I make stir fries, stuff and curry with these lovely vegetable. They are called Parval or Patal or Potal.

Parval is loaded with nutrients and has lot of health benefits. This vegetable is widely eaten in Bangladesh and India.

When Sasmita from https://www.firsttimercook.com/ posted this Potala Rasa in odia style , i was tempted to try this recipe immediately. For Recipe Swap Challenge this month I was paired with Sasmita. So here i present this absolutely lip smacking pointed gourd curry for this challenge.Check out her recipe here.

Recipe for Potala Rasa :

Ingredients:

  • 7 Pointed Gourd
  • 2 Potato
  • 4 Garlic Pods
  • 2 Onions Finely Chopped
  • 1 Red Chilli
  • 1 Inch Ginger
  • 2 Tomatoes Finely Chopped
  • Bay Leaf
  • 1 Green Cardamom
  • 1/2 Tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 Tsp Cumin / Jeera
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 Tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Garam Masala
  • Salt to Taste
  • 3/4 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 Tsp Sugar
  • 6 Tbsp Mustard Oil

Method:

Wash and clean the pointed gourds and potatoes. Trim the ends.You may scrape the pointed gourd if you wish . I like them with the skin . Cut each pointed gourd diagonally into 2 halves . Keep them in a mixing bowl. Add salt and turmeric and mix and keep them aside.

Peel and cut the potatoes proportionally to the size of the pointed gourd.Keep them in another mixing bowl.Add salt and turmeric and mix well.Keep them aside.

Blend onions,red chilli, ginger and garic to a fine paste without adding water.Tranfer the fine paste to a bowl. Blend the tomatoes as well to a fine paste.

Heat a wide bottom pan. Add mustard oil.Once it is hot fry the potato and pointed gourd pieces untill they turn brown on all sides. You can fry them separately if you wish .Transfer the fried chunks to a plate. In the same pan add sugar and allow it to melt.Add green cardamom, bay leaf and cumin seeds.Once they splutter add the onion -chilli-ginger-garlic paste and cook on medium flame untill the raw smell is gone. Once the oil starts to leave the sides add tomato puree and stir. Add balance turmeric powder,coriander powder, cumin powder,red chilli powder,salt and mix.

Once the masala is cooked and oil starts to leave the sides add the fried pointed gourd and potato chunks.Mix well and cook for about 2 minutes.Later add 1.5 Cup water and close the lid. Once it starts to simmer and the veggies are cooked ,sprinkle garam masala. Let it cook for 1 minute.

Switch off the stove and serve this delicious hot curry with Rice, rotis or phulkas.

Enjoy!!!!!!!

RASAM 4

BATATA HARRA / SPICY ROASTED POTATOES

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I am here with a very simple and delicious recipe from the Lebanese Cuisine. In my quest to search Levantine Cuisine I have come across such wonderful recipes ranging from salads to dips to spicy vegetables. Levantine Cuisine includes recipes from Syria , Lebanon, Palestine.Israel, Jordon , Cyprus(East Mediterranean shore). I wanted to make so many recipes but stuck to a simple one as I am travelling and have limited access to many Ingredients.

181St #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #LevantineCuisine was suggested by Sujata Shukla who blogs at https://www.pepperonpizza.com/. Thanks for suggesting such a wonderful theme that introduced us to many wonderful cuisines.

Recipe for Batata Harra / Spicy Roasted Potatoes:

Ingredients:

6 Medium Size Potatoes Peeled and boiled

2 Garlic Cloves minced

1.5 Tsp Chilli Flakes

2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 Tsp Crushed Coriander Seeds(Must be Coarse)

1 Tsp Turmeric

1/2 Cup Fresh Cilantro finely chopped

1/2 Cup Fresh Dill Leaves finely chopped

1/2 Cup Fresh Parsley Leaves

3/4 Tsp Coarsely ground Pepper

Salt to taste

Juice of 1 Lemon

Method:

Boil the potatoes and allow it to cool. The potatoes should be cooked but ensure it is still firm. Once cooled cut them into bite size cubes.

Heat a wide bottom pan. Add Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Add minced garlic and
turmeric and coarsely crushed Coriander seeds. Roast for a few minutes. Now add the cubed Potatoes and mix well.Add half of parsley , cilantro and dill leaves and chilli flakes. Mix well untill the potatoes are well coated for about 5 mins.
Add salt and Coarsely ground pepper ..Once done switch off the flame. Add lemon juice and mix well.

Garnish with remaining Parsley , Cilantro ,dill leaves and chilli flakes.

Serve with any Rice dish or you can just have it like this .

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!