Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Southern spice !!!

 All those people who have tasted Saravana Bhavan's Idiyappam and kurma will totally agree that they make the best. Recently, we went to SB in connaught place and after waiting in the queue for about 45 minutes was really disappointed when they said there was no idiyappam. After coming back when I searched for the kurma recipe came across this one. I tried and it was similar to SB's.
Sauf is the main spice and you have to add lots - about 1 tbs.Its a simple recipe but cooking time is more. The end result is tasty so worth a try :)!!!


grated coconut       -  1 cup
chopped onion       -  1/2 cup
chopped tomato     -  1 cup
mixed vegetables    -  1 to 11/2 cups (boiled peas, beans, cauliflower,carrot)
poppy seeds          -  1/4 cup (soak in water for 15 minutes)
sauf / fennel seeds  -   1 tablespoon
cashew nut             -   5 to 6 (soak in water for 15 minutes)
green chillies           -  3 ( you guys know how spicy my food will be lol ;) so add more if u want)
ginger                     - small piece
garlic                      - 1 clove

grind to paste the above ingredients

 onion       -  1/2 cup finely chopped
  tomato    - 1/2 cup finely chopped
  whole garam masala or garam masala powder
 bay leaf
 sauf / fennel seeds - 1tsp
 oil - 2 tablespoon ( yup !! it is too much so I added lill less)

  1. In a kadai add oil 2 tablespoon or less
  2. Add bay leaf, sauf.
  3. Add onion, haldi and saute for 2 minutes
  4. Add tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes
  5. Add the boiled vegetables and cook for few more minutes till they become little soft 
  6. Add the ground paste, 1/4 cup water , salt and cook till the oil splits and comes off the kurma (it takes a long time 20 to 30 minutes , keep in sim and mix it occationally)
  7. Add 1/2 - 1 tsp garam masala powder , cook for 2 minutes and serve hot with sevai/idiyappam/roti :)
1 tablespoon (tbs) is equal to 3 leveled  teaspoons (tsp)
Instant sevai or rice noodles is a good substitute for Idiyappam :)
This is  little oily and spicy  but can be made once in a while !!