Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Kathirikai Palakottai Kuzhambu !

Kuzhambus are always a better alternative to sambar/dal on south Indian homes. Kuzhambus are made without any lentils mostly, and a lil spicier and tangier when compared with sambar, and somtimes ground coconut is added. Jackfruit seed (Palakottai in tamil) is usually not used widely in cooking. People throw away the seeds after slurping the delicious jackfruit. But they are very nutritious and taste very nice when cooked or roasted. When used in these kind of curries they impart their nutty flavor in the dish and make them delicious. 

  • 20 Jackfruit seeds
  • 4 - 5 brinjals
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  •  a pinch of asafoedita
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 4 - 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 tomatoes
  • marble size tamarind
  • 1/2 tsp turmeirc powder
  • salt as needed
  • 2 tsp Sambar Powder / Kuzhambu powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut (ground to paste with water)
  • 1 - 2 tsp jaggery
  • Halve the jackfruit seeds and peel the outer skin. Pressure cook them for 1 to whistles with little water until they are cooked soft.

  • Wash and slice the brinjals and keep them immersed in water till use.
  • Soak tamarind and extract the juice.
  • Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds, add fenugreek seeds and add a pinch of asafoedita.

  • Add jeera followed by sliced garlic, and then chopped onions. 
  • Saute the onions till soft and then add chopped tomatoes.

  • Add the brinjals and saute them all together for 3 - 4 minutes.
  • Then add water , turmeric and close and cook for 5 - 7 minutes.

  • Then add the spice powders, tamarind water , salt and again close and cook till the raw smell of tamarind fades and the kuzhambu thickens.

  • Add the cooked jackfruit seeds and then ground fresh coconut.

  • Add jaggery and allow to simmer for 5 minutes. add chopped coriander and turn off stove.

  • This kuzhambu can be made only with brinjals too.
  • Or brinjals can be replaced with yam, drumstick etc.
  • Do not add salt and tamarind until the brinjals are cooked.
  • Make sure you cook the jackfruit seeds well. It should be soft when you try mashing with hands.
  • if you don have sambar powder or kuzhambu powder just use mic of red chilli powder and coriander powder.

With Love,

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