Mushroom Fry (Kummu Bartad) From Coorg

It is the monsoon season. It is raining in Coorg in southern India. And, when it rains, it pours! In this season, it is a treat to experience the lush green forests, the Coffee and Cardamom plantations and smell the wet earth and also partake of the many delicacies that one can savor only in this season.

One such delicacy is the wild mushroom curry or fry. When it rains, the thunder and lightning are frightening. But, as a result of it, we find a plethora of wild mushrooms from the tiny “Nuch Kuumu” to the giant “Nethale Kuumu” that appear magically in the jungles and plantations. The freshly picked mushrooms are a treat to cook into a curry or a fry.

In the last post, I had shared a recipe from Coorg to make Mushroom curry. In this post, let’s learn the Coorgi way to make a simple Mushroom fry. Since wild mushrooms are hard to get today, you can use button mushrooms to make this dish.

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Mushroom Fry (Kummu Bartad) From Coorg

Ingredients

200 gms Mushrooms

1 medium sized Onion, chopped fine

2 Green Chilies, slit lengthwise

½ tsp Turmeric powder

½ tsp Pepper powder

½ tsp Jeera powder

2 tbsps. Vegetable Oil

Few sprigs of Coriander leaves, chopped fine

Salt to taste

½ tsp. Kachumpuli (Coorg Vinegar)

Method

  1. Wash the mushrooms and cut as shown in the picture.
  2. Mix the Salt, Turmeric, Jeera and Pepper powders into the cut mushrooms and let this mixture sit for 10 minutes.
  3. In a pan, heat 2 tbsps of oil. When hot, add chopped onions and slit green chilies and fry till the onion turns transparent.
  4. Add the mushrooms and stir well. Add ½ cup of water and cook on a slow flame till the mushrooms are tender.
  5. Add Kachumpuli and mix well. Keep stirring till all the moisture evaporates. Remove from fire and add the chopped coriander leaves and mix well.

Mushroom fry is ready!

This is best served with hot akki votti, chapathi or rice. It is also a great topping for bread.

Notes:

  1. For this recipe, I have used Button Mushrooms. You can use any variety of mushroom that you like.
  2. If you do not have access to Kachumpuli, you can use lime juice. Though it does not give the same taste or color, it still will serve the purpose of adding sourness to the dish.

Mushroom (Kummu) Curry From Coorg

Coorg in Southern India, receives heavy rainfall. The rains bring with it great cheer. During this season, the forests and the plantations come alive with wild mushrooms, crabs, fish, bamboo shoots and bracken ferns, all of which are a delicacy! Ask anyone from Coorg and they will tell you!

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Wild Mushrooms

The wild mushrooms are used to make a delicious curry. To find these mushrooms, people would walk through the jungles and estates early in the morning. There was a time when these mushrooms used to be collected in gunny bags. Today they are rare to find.

Here is a recipe to make Mushroom curry with button mushrooms which are easily available.

Ingredients

1/2 kg Mushrooms

1 tsp. Chili powder

½ tsp. Turmeric powder

2 tsp. Coriander powder

1 tsp. Cumin powder

Salt to taste

1/4 tsp. Kachumpuli (Coorg Vinegar)

To be ground to a paste:

½ fresh large coconut; 1/2 tsp. Cumin seeds

For the seasoning:

2 tbsp. oil; ¼ tsp. mustard seeds; 1 medium sized onion, chopped fine, 10-15 curry leaves

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Sliced Button Mushrooms

Method

  1. Wash and clean mushrooms and slice as shown in the picture.
  2. Mix in chili, coriander, cumin, turmeric powders and salt into the mushrooms and keep aside for 10 minutes.
  3. Heat oil in a pan. When hot, put in mustard seeds and let it sputter. Add chopped onions and fry till it turns pink. Add the curry leaves and fry for a minute. Add mushrooms and stir. Add 1 cup of water. Cook on low heat till mushrooms are tender.
  4. Add the ground coconut paste and mix well. Cook on low heat till the gravy thickens.
  5. Finally, add kachumpuli, stir and remove from fire. Add fresh coriander leaves before serving.

Mushroom curry is ready!

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Mushroom Curry From Coorg

Serve hot with rice or akki votti.

Notes:

  1. This curry can be made with any mushroom. While the distinct flavors of the wild mushrooms cannot be recreated, it still is a tasty curry.
  2. If you do not have access to Kachumpuli, you can use lime juice. Though it does not give the same taste or color, it still will serve the purpose of adding sourness to the dish.

 

Wild Mango Curry (Kaad Maange Curry) From Coorg

It is the season for mangoes of all shapes and sizes! In India, we are blessed to have a large variety of mangoes. Of these, there is a special mango that grows in the forests of Kodagu or Coorg in Southern India. This mango is a wild variety and has a very different taste. It is sweet and sour and has a peppery tang, which is very unique. Like all other mangoes, these mangoes are rich in fibre and are packed with nutrition.

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In this post, I’ll share a recipe for a delectable curry that we make using these wild mangoes. It is a dish we absolutely love and the flavors are unparalleled. It is always a pleasure to see everyone eat this curry with delight, enjoying every morsel. The best part of this dish is getting to eat a mango kernel and sucking it of all the juices it has absorbed!

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Wild Mango Curry From Coorg

Let us see how to make wild mango curry.

 

Ingredients

6 semi-ripe wild mangoes

1/2 tsp. red chili powder

1 tsp. Turmeric powder

½ tsp. Coriander powder

¼ tsp. Cumin powder

Salt to taste

2 tbsp grated Jaggery, dissolved in ¼ cup water and strained

Grind to a powder:

1 tsp. Coriander seeds; ¼ tsp. Cumin seeds; ¼ tsp. Mustard seeds, a pinch of Fenugreek seeds

For the seasoning, you’ll need:

1 tbsp. oil

¼ tsp. Mustard seeds

1-2 dry Red chilies, broken and deseeded

6-8 Curry leaves

2-3 cloves of Garlic, crushed

1 medium-sized Onion, chopped

1-2 green chillies, slit and deseeded

Method

  1. Wash the mangoes and slice each mango on either sides of the seed so that you get three slices including the seed. Place the cut mangoes in a bowl. Add chily powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and salt. Mix well. Set it aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat a tawa or frying pan and on a slow flame roast the corainder seeds, the cumin, the mustard and the fenugreek for a few seconds each, one at a time. Stir constantly to avoid burning. Cool and grind to a fine powder. This should give you a black masala.
  3. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds to it and when it sputters, add the onion. When the onions soften, add the broken red chilies, garlic, curry leaves and the green chilies. Fry for a minute.
  4. Now, add the marinated mangoes. Add 1 cup of water and cook the mangoes on a slow flame till done (would take 5-7 minutes). Make sure that you keep stirring the dish every few minutes.
  5. Next, add the powdered masala and jaggery. Mix well. Cook till the gravy thickens.

Wild Mango curry is ready. This is best served with hot rice or Akki Vottis.

Notes:

  1. You can remove the skin and use the whole mango without slicing it. I prefer to leave the skin on and slice it. You can choose to make it your way.
  2. If you do not have access to these mangoes, don’t be disheartened! You can make  this curry with locally available mangoes. In such a case, use semi-ripe mangoes and cut them into small pieces. Though the same flavors cannot be recreated, it still tastes good.

Mixed Vegetable Curry-1 (Kootu Curry From Coorg)

Mixed Vegetable Curry From Corgi

Here’s a delicious curry from Coorg. This curry is made using more than one vegetable like beans, potatoes and carrots. It has a coconut based gravy infused with spices and is a great accompaniment for akki vottis, chapatis and rice.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this curry.

Ingredients

French Beans, a handful

Small Potatoes, 2

Carrot, 1

Toor Dal, 3 tbsps.

½ cup grated Coconut and 1/2 tsp. Cumin seeds ground to a fine paste

½ tsp. Cumin powder

1 tbsp. Coriander powder

1/2 tsp. red chilly powder

Salt to taste

1 tsp. Tamarind juice

1 small Tomato, chopped fine

2 cups water

For the seasoning:

1 tbsp. oil

¼ tsp. Mustard seeds

10-12 Curry leaves

4-5 cloves of Garlic, crushed

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Method

  1. Wash, peel and cut the vegetables as shown in the picture.
  2. Wash the Toor dal and let it soak in water for 5 minutes. Add a dash of turmeric powder and a few drops of cooking oil and cook the Toor dal till done.
  3. To the cooked dal, add the vegetables, the spice powders and the chopped tomatoes and cook till the vegetables are cooked. Ensure that the vegetables are firm and not mushy.
  4. Next, add the coconut paste, tamarind juice and salt. Mix well and boil for 1-2 minutes.
  5. In a pan or degchi, heat oil. Add the mustard seeds, the curry leaves and the garlic and fry till it turns golden. Add this to the curry and mix well.

Our mixed vegetable curry or Kootu curry is ready!

Notes:

For this curry, you can use beans, carrots, potatoes, peas and other similar vegetables.

 

 

Thambuttu, a Sweet Dish From Coorg

Last month all of us celebrated the harvest festival in Coorg known as Puthari or Huthari. On this occasion we make a sweet dish out of ripe bananas which is called Thambuttu. This dish is very easy to make and is very nutritious since it contains ripe bananas, roasted sesame seeds, grated coconut and is served with clarified butter or ghee.

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Thambuttu from Coorg

Here’s how to make it.

Ingredients

3 ripe bananas

2 tbsp. Thambuttu powder

A pinch of salt

2 tbsp. grated coconut

1 tsp. roasted sesame seeds (white)

1 tsp. melted ghee or clarified butter

Method

  1. Mash the bananas.
  2. Mix the thambuttu powder into it a little at a time till the mixture holds its shape. Add more thambuttu powder, if needed.
  3. Transfer this mixture into a serving bowl. Make a depression at the centre. Sprinkle the grated coconut and the roasted sesame seeds.  Pour the melted ghee into the depression.

The Thambuttu is now ready to savor!

To make the Thambuttu Powder, you’ll need

1 cup par boiled rice, washed and dried

¼ tsp. fenugreek seeds

Seeds of two cardamoms

Method

  1. Roast the rice on a slow flame till it turns brown.
  2. Roast the fenugreek seeds gently.
  3. Similarly roast the cardamom seeds.
  4. When cool, powder all the ingredients to obtain the Thambuttu powder.

This can be preserved in an air tight container for several months.

 

Sweet Pumpkin Curry (Kumbala Curry From Coorg)

Sweet Pumpkin Curry is yet another favorite at our breakfast table. The sweet Pumpkin is packed with nutrition and this simple recipe makes eating it a treat! Here is the recipe.

Ingredients

1 kg Pumpkin (Use a tender Pumpkin with green skin)

½ tsp. Turmeric powder

1 tsp. Coriander powder

1” piece jaggery

Salt to taste

Grind to a fine paste:

¼ cup freshly grated Coconut; 2 green chilies slit

For the tempering:

2 tbsp. oil

¼ tsp. Mustard seeds

1 dried Red Chili

4 cloves of Garlic, crushed

5-8 curry leaves

Method

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  1. Wash and cut the Pumpkin, with its skin, into two. Scoop out the seeds. Slice the two halves into wedges and cut into 1” pieces as shown.
  2. Place the Pumpkin pieces in a pan with just enough water to cover it. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder and salt. Cook on a slow fire till tender. Take care that the pumpkin does not reduce to a pulp.
  3. Add the ground coconut and chili paste and stir well. Let this boil for a few minutes. Set aside.
  4. In a separate pan, heat oil for tempering.
  5. When hot, put in the mustard seeds and allow it to splutter.
  6. Next, add the red chili and garlic.
  7. When the garlic becomes slight brown, add the curry leaves. Turn off the heat.
  8. Add this seasoning to the Pumpkin curry and stir well.

Serve hot with Akki Votti or Dosa.

Mango Raita (Mange Pajji From Coorg)

Mango, the King of Fruits, is a fruit which is tasty, healthy and nutritious. It is a rich source of Vit. A, Beta Carotene and Potassium. Mangoes find their way into many dishes in both their raw and ripe forms. When they are raw, Mangoes are used to make pickles. They are also sun-dried and powdered to form a souring agent called Amchoor.  Come April and the King of Fruits ripens. In the ripe form, they end up being used in soups, salads, curries and desserts.

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Mango, the king of fruits!

In this post, I am sharing a raita made from ripe Mangoes.  This is a great combination of sweet Mango, spices like green chilli, mustard, garlic, ginger, and curd.  This is traditionally served with Coorg Vegetable or Mutton Pulav and Coorg Nei Kool or Ghee Rice. It can also be enjoyed with plain hot rice.

Mange Pajji is yet another favorite recipe from our kitchen. It is very easy to make and tastes delicious. One particular year, during summer, I remember having made it almost every single day! Such is the demand for Mange Pajji at our home! I hope you will like it too.

Here’s how to make Mango Raita or Mange Pajji from Coorg.

Ingredients

1 Mango (well ripened and sweet)

1 Green Chilli, chopped  (if you want it spicy, you could use more)

1 Clove of Garlic, crushed

1/4” piece of Ginger, crushed

¼ tsp of Mustard seeds, crushed

¼ cup Coconut, grated

½ cup fresh Curd (beaten)

Salt to taste

For the seasoning:

1 tsp Oil

¼ tsp Mustard seeds

1 Red chilli, broken into a few pieces

6-8 Curry leaves

Method

  1. Peel the Mango and remove the pulp. If you wish to have the seed in the raita, as we do, leave a little pulp around the seed.
  2. Grind the Mango pulp, green chilli, coconut, garlic, ginger, salt and mustard seeds to a fine paste. Pour this out into a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the beaten curd to the above paste. Mix well till it is nicely blended. Add the Mango seed to it. If this mixture is too thick, you could add ¼ cup of water.
  4. Heat oil. When hot, add the mustard seeds and allow it to splutter. Add the broken red chilli and curry leaves and stir for a few seconds and then turn off the heat. Pour this over the raita and stir well.
  5. Pour it out into a serving dish.

Mango Raita is ready!

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Mango Raita (Mange Pajji From Coorg)

Raw Jackfruit Curry (Mudi Chekke Curry From Coorg)

Since Jackfruit is in season, here’s another recipe using raw Jackfruit from Coorg. This recipe is another delicacy from my home town. In the last post, I shared a recipe for Raw Jackfruit Fry, which is a dry preparation. Should you wish to prepare a curry, here is a recipe. It can be served with Akki Votti, rice or chapati. Here’s what you’ll need to make Raw Jackfruit Curry.

Ingredients

1 small raw Jackfruit (should be very tender and fresh)

¼ cup Black Gram Dal, soaked overnight and cooked with a pinch of salt till done

¼ tsp Turmeric powder

½ tsp Coriander powder

½ tsp Chilli powder

½ tsp Jeera powder

½ tsp Garam Masala (Optional)

1 cup fresh coconut, grated and ground to a fine paste

½ tsp thick tamarind juice

Salt to taste

For the seasoning:

3 tbsps oil

¼ tsp mustard seeds

1 onion finely chopped

8-10 curry leaves

Method

  1. Cut the Jackfruit in half, horizontally and then vertically as shown. If you find the Jackfruit to be too sticky, rub a little cooking oil on your hands. Remove the central hard part. Peel the hard outer layer and cut into small cubes as shown in the picture.
  2. Put the cut pieces into water for 5 minutes. Drain out the water and mix the cut Jackfruit pieces with turmeric powder, chilly powder, coriander powder, jeera powder and salt. Let it sit for a few minutes.
  3. Boil the Jackfruit pieces in a little water (1/2 cup) in a pressure pan (3 whistles).
  4. In a thick bottomed pan, heat the oil. When hot, add the mustard seeds and allow it to splutter. Next, add the chopped onions and fry till it turns transparent. Now add the curry leaves and fry for a minute.
  5. To this, add the boiled Jackfruit and the cooked black gram with its water. Let this boil for 5-8 minutes. Add the coconut paste and mix well. Cook this mixture for another 5 minutes till the gravy starts to thicken. At this stage, add the tamarind juice and the garam masala and mix well. If the gravy seems too thick, add ½ a cup of water and let the curry boil for a few minutes. Turn off the heat.

Tender Jackfruit curry is ready!

 

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Raw Jackfruit Curry (Muddi Chekke Curry from Coorg)

Steamed Jackfruit Cake (Koovale Puttu)

It is always a challenge to make a snack that is delicious, healthy and nutritious! Here is a recipe from my home land, Coorg, that is all of this and more! It can be made using ripe Jackfruit, when it is in season or ripe Bananas at other times. Since it is steamed, it retains most of the  nutrition. It is a favorite tea-time snack that is savored by the young and old over long conversations of the day’s happenings or of times gone by.

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Ingredients

1 cup of very ripe Jackfruit pulp (deseed the fruit and puree it in a food processor)

1 cup broken rice (the same size as rava)

¼ cup Sugar

1/2 cup finely grated coconut

3 Cardamoms, powdered

¼ tsp Salt

1 tbsp ghee

A little water, if needed

Banana leaves, cut into 10 cm * 10 cm sections (may require 8-10 such sections)

Method

  1. Wash the broken rice rava.
  2. To that, add the Jackfruit pulp, sugar, salt, cardamom powder, grated coconut and ghee. Mix well and set aside for 15 minutes. If you find the mixture to be too dry, add a little water so that the mixture is moist. Remember that the mixture should not be too watery.
  3. Prepare the banana leaves by passing it over a flame for a few seconds to make it soft and easy to fold.
  4. On each section of the Banana leaf, place two tbsps of the mixture prepared in step 2 and fold the piece as shown in the images below. Secure with a toothpick if necessary.

5. Steam these in a steamer for 20 minutes. Allow to cool. Remove from the Banana leaf. The Koovale Puttus are ready.

To serve the Koovale puttu, heat it on a griddle with a little ghee and serve hot.
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Please do share your experience of making this snack. I would love to hear from you.

Notes:

  1. I have suggested the use of ¼ cup of sugar considering that the Jackfruit is very sweet. If you taste the Jackfruit/Banana that you are using and find it to be not so sweet, you can increase the sugar to ½ cup or more.
  2. The puttus can be kept in the fridge for upto two days.
  3. Koovale Puttus can also be served with a little honey drizzled over it.
  4. You can use Turmeric leaves instead of Banana leaves if you have access to it. It imparts a wonderful fragrance to the puttus.
  5. The name of the recipe is Koovale Puttu as at one point in time in Coorg, the puttus were made using koovale leaves (Schumannianthus virgatus).  Today, since they are difficult to source, we are using Banana leaves.

 

Black Chickpeas Curry (Kuru Curry From Coorg)

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Here is a simple recipe from Coorg for black chickpeas curry. This dish is a great favorite at home and is loved by all.  This dish is very tasty and nutritious. In Coorg, it is generally served with rice, rice rotis or Akki Votti and Paputtu. It also goes very well with puris, chapathis and dosas.

Let’s learn how to make it.

Ingredients

1 cup black chickpeas (whole bengal gram) soaked overnight

2 medium sized tomatoes, finely chopped

1 medium sized onion, finely chopped

½ tsp fennel (saunf)

½ tsp coriander seeds

A few sprigs of coriander, finely chopped

¼ cup oil

Grind to a fine paste

4 tbsp grated coconut

1/4” ginger

3 cloves of garlic

1/2” piece of cinnamon

2 cloves

½ tsp fennel

½ tsp coriander seeds

1/2 tsp chilli power

¼ tsp turmeric powder

Few sprigs of coriander, finely chopped

Few sprigs of mint, finely chopped

Method

  1. Cook the black chickpeas with ½ tsp fennel, ½ tsp whole coriander seeds and 2 cups of water till well cooked. Set aside.
  2. In a pan, heat the oil. Add the onions. When it turns transparent, add the ground masala and fry it till the oil separates (4-5 minutes). Now reduce the flame.
  3. Add the tomatoes and salt. Keep stirring till the tomatoes are well cooked.
  4. To this, add the cooked black chickpeas with its water (1/4 cup). Let the mixture boil well. Keep stirring till the gravy thickens.
  5. Adjust the seasoning and garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.

Serve hot with puris, chapathis, dosas or rice.

Notes:

  1. If you want a thick gravy, you can limit the water added.
  2. This curry can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for 2-3 days. But, it is best when served fresh.