Apr 26, 2007

Kadagpuli (Literally translates as Mustard-Tamarind from Tamil)

After a long hiatus I am back with a bang with cooking and posting recipes. Let's see how long this one lasts. The reason for the sudden splurge is that my m-i-l is out of town so all the boys have me as a fallback cook option.
Kadagpuli is something that seems to be very Iyengari in terms of dish only because no other community has heard of this. I dint get any relevant results when i googled it too. Till now it wasn't one of my favourite dishes but after I made it once am a fan! It tickles your taste buds. Again, Kadagpuli is something that you eat with rice (whaddaya expect am a south indian) :)

What you need to make Kadagpuli
  • 1 medium sized ball of tamarind (you have to remove the seeds ofcourse, the ball should fit into your fist, some people like the tanginess of tamarind so the quantity is according to your tastes)
  • Any vegetable
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 tsps of rice
  • 4 red chillies
  • 1 tsp full of mustard
  • a pinch of asafoetida
  • 1/2 coconut
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar (for emergency corrections)

Preparation for making Kadagpuli

  • Wash and cut the vegetables .
  • Put the vegetables into a container, add the water to this.
  • Pressure cook this.
  • Grate the coconut
  • Soak the rice in water for around 10 minutes till it feels soft to the touch (breakable)
  • Grind the soaked rice, red chillies, mustard, tamarind (do not soak) , coconut and asafoetida into a fine paste

Method to make Kadagpuli
  • Put the pressure cooked vegetables into a vessel and place it on a stove. Yes it has to be lighted and if you have seen my earlier posts it will tell you when exactly a cooker will oblige by opening after it has finished whistling :)
  • Allow it to boil a little
  • Add turmeric into this.
  • Add the ground paste to this and allow it to boil thoroughly.
  • Add some more water if you want it to be liquidy but not too much
  • Add water in small quantities between boils when you know the content is moving towards solidity :)
  • Add salt and allow it to boil more.
  • Please taste it at this point so that you will know if its too hot or has more/less salt.
  • If the salt is more I dont know what you can do about it. Maybe adding more water helps to balance.
  • If its very hot then adding sugar will balance it.
  • It will take nearly 20-25 minutes of boiling to be ready to eat.

My fundas
  • Cucumber is the best vegetable to make this with. I have heard carrots are ok too.

I forgot to take a picture of this dish but it will turn out yellowish brown because of the presence of turmeric and tamarind.

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