24 May 2020

Spicy Mango Curry

Come summer and it's unquestionably Mango time :) And also when pictures and videos of Poori-Aamras start making the rounds.
Luckily got hold of some good mangoes amidst this Lockdown so thought of ticking that box. But wanted to try something different. That's when I remembered the Mangalorean delight - Ambe Upkari.
This Mango curry is not the same but inspired by it.
If you are using the Sugar Baby Mango, then take 4-5 for this recipe, whole, not chopped. I had the Badami so roughly chopped and used it.
Here's my recipe..


For the Spice Paste
1 tbsp Coriander seeds (Dhaniya)
1 tsp Cumin seeds (Jeera)
2-3 Medium Dry Red Chilies
1 tsp Black Peppercorns (Kali Mirch)
1 tsp Fenugreek seeds (Methi)
2 tbsps Coconut, grated
1 inch piece of Ginger

Main Ingredients:
1 Ripe Mango, medium size, chopped into big pieces ( I used Badami, if using smaller mangoes, take 3-5, whole not chopped)
1 cup Mango puree
1 Medium potato, Boiled, peeled & chopped
1-2 tsps Tamarind (Imli) paste
Salt to taste
1 tsp Kashmiri (or normal) Red chili powder

For Tempering
1 tbsp Oil
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
2 medium Dry Red Chilies
A few Curry leaves

1. Dry roast the ingredients for spice paste, except for grated coconut and ginger. Add the Methi seeds towards the end and take care not to over-roast it. Remove from flame and let cool.

2. Grind to a smooth paste along with grated Coconut and ginger using a little water. Keep aside.

3. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. Once they splutter add the red chilies and curry leaves. Saute a bit.

4. Add the ground spice paste, a little water and fry for 2-3 minutes on low-medium heat. Drop in the chopped boiled potatoes, add red chili powder and salt to taste and mix well. Cover cook for 5-6 minutes till spices coat potatoes well.

5. Keep the flame low, add the mango puree and little water more (about 1/4 cup) to adjust consistency. Stir well and check for salt and spice. If too sweet, add a little more chili powder to suit your taste.

6. Finally add Imli paste and stir. Cover-cook on low heat for 3-4 minutes. Remove from flame and serve hot with Roti/Poori or Rice too.

22 May 2020

Chocolate/Bournvita/Maltova Burfi

Who says no to Chocolate!! Chocolate does make everything more cheerful right? :)
A simple besan burfi is a must try and must have in any home. Add the chocolate touch and it becomes even more special!!
Try my simple recipe for a super soft Chocolate Burfi.


Gramflour/Besan - 1 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Water - 1/2 cup
Milk powder - 2 tbsps
Bournvita /Maltova - 1/4 cup
Ghee - 1/4 cup

1. Grease a cake tin or steel plate with ghee and keep aside.

2. Prepare sugar syrup by adding sugar to water and bringing it to a boil on low-medium flame. Let simmer till you get a 1-string consistency.

3. Heat ghee in a kadhai and roast the besan till you get a nice aroma. Do not brown it too much. Keep aside.

4. Dissolve the Bournvita/Maltova in just 1 tbsp water to make a thick paste.

5. Once sugar syrup is done, add it to the roasted besan and stir quickly leaving no lumps.

6. Add the Bournvita /Maltova paste and milk powder and keep stirring on low flame till the mixture starts to leave the sides of the pan.

7. Turn off the flame and quickly pour into the greased plate/tin. Grease the bottom of a flat steel bowl with ghee and quickly flatten the mixture to spread it out evenly.

8. Let cool a bit and while it's still soft and warm, use a greased knife to cut into desired shapes.
Let cool completely and store in an air-tight container.