Yup,I had been to Kerala-Ernakulam precisely,for a week and just cant stop talking about it.Even though its just an overnight journey from Chennai,for me it would always be far..and I so much look forward to going there.This time it was a sudden trip with RaC tickets which got confirmed at the last moment..thank God for small mercies;).
Cooking was obviously the last thing on my mind and the last thing I did while I was at home with amma.By the time I got up and came down,breakfast and prep work for lunch would be over.All I did was eat,sleep and have fun with Pluto.It was raining non-stop daily while I was there and I enjoyed every bit of it.Had those long long chatting sessions with amma..how I missed that;).Amma cooked up every favorite dish of mine and I have put on at least a couple of kilos in a matter of few days..;).
Here are a few dishes which amma cooked especially for my blog since I had asked her for some long-forgotten Konkani dishes.
Ponsa Gharya Upkari – Ripe Jackfruit stir fry.
There are a few dishes which usually gets cooked during the jackfruit season and at amma’s place,this was a regular since after a while people did get tired of the overtly sweet jackfruit.Of course,nowadays this has become a rare dish since people buy cut fruit and it is enough for a tasting session and not more.A simple upkari which can be had as a snack as well as with lunch.
Ripe jackfruit pieces-salt to taste-jaggery-seasoning-red chillies
In a kadai splutter mustard seeds and add red chilly.Add the cut jackfruit pieces,jaggery to taste[only a little bit] and salt.Stir well till the jaggery melts.
Kellya Sassam – Ripe banana raita
Very similar to fruit raita.Another one of my favorites after Banana muffins.One of the fruits I rarely eat,banana has become a regular in my cooking.Easy to whip up and tasty too.
Ripe banana[rastali]-thick curds – seasoning
Chop banana into small cubes.Prepare seasoning in a kadai-splutter mustard seeds,add curry leaves and green chilly bits.Whisk the curds and add a pinch of salt.Mix everything together while serving.Serve chilled.
One of the recipes we saw in the latest edition of Vanitha.Oh yeah,I remember-I did cook breakfast one day..had tempted amma so much about my Poori-Aamras combo.While making this,we prepared this quick bhatoora too.An easy version which does not require any resting time.
Cook potatoes till mushy.Mash till no visible lumps remain.Mix in maida-do not add water.Make a smooth batter.Roll out pooris/bhatooras and deep fry in hot oil.Serve hot with channa.