Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ambo Upkari/ Spicy Mango Curry

This one is one of the classic Konkani dishes. Mango upkari is very simple to make and a very few ingredients. If cooking with fruit is not your thing, try this and you would want to do it over and over again. My kiddos took some time to warm up to upkari, but me and my hubby love this. So usually we both finish it up without forcing the kids too much. :o)

Prep time: 15 min | Cooking Time: 15 min | Serves: 5

Small Mangos - 3
Water - 2 Cups
Salt - 1tsp.
Green Chilies - 3
Jaggery - small lime size
All Purpose Flour / Maida - 2 tsp.

For tempering
Oil - 1 tsp.
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp.
Urad Dal - 1 tsp.
Kadipatta/ Curry Leaves - 1 spring
Red Chili - 1

Method of Preparation:
~ Wash and clean the mangoes. Peel the skin off and put skin in a large bowl. Keep peeled mangoes aside.
~ Now add the water to the bowl with skin. Using hands gently rub the inside part of the skin. Discard the squeezed skin. Now you will have a bowlful of thick mango water.
~ In thick bottomed wide pan, add this mango squeezed water, mango (you can cut the side slices off or use the whole mango), salt, green chili and jaggery. Place it on the gas and let it cook for about 5 to 7 minutes, turning the mangoes once half way through. Mango color changes to lighter color at this point of time.
~ In a small bowl, place AP flour and add 2 tablespoons of water. Mix them to make a fine paste.
~ Now slowly add it the cooked mixture. Combine gently and let the flour cook. The curry starts to thicken, then it's time to switch off the heat.
~ In a tempering spoon, heat some oil and let mustard seeds splutter.
~ Add urad dal, curry leaves and broken red chili, remove from heat and immediately temper on top of the mango curry.
~ Serve it hot with rice or as a side dish with roti's.

If you like to cook with fruits, you might also like:
Ambo Sasam/ Sweet and Spicy Mango CurryCorn Mango saladMango MousseMango Fruit Salad

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Blueberry Banana Eggless Breakfast Muffins

Who wouldn't love muffin for breakfast? My kids sure love them. Especially blueberry is one of their favorites. Banana in the batter makes these muffins pretty soft and spongy. On the shelf can stay for 2 days, but you can refrigerate these up to a week. We usually finish this off in 2 or 3 days. But whenever I have doubled the quantity, I have refrigerated. Before serving, I slightly warm these in microwave for 20 to 30 seconds. 

Prep Time: 15 min. | Cooking Time: 45 min. | Makes: About 16 muffins


Multi-grain Flour – 2 cups + 1 tbsp.
Baking Soda – 1 tsp.
Salt – ¼ tsp.
Flax-seed Meal - 3 tbsp.
Ripe bananas – 2 (1 Cup)
Brown Sugar – 1 Cup
Olive Oil – ½ cup
Vanilla extract – 1 tsp.
Yogurt (Beaten) – 1 Cup
Blueberries - 1 Cup.
Muffin liners
Butter Spray to grease the loaf pan

Method of Preparation:

~ Mash the bananas, add flax-seed meal and keep it aside.
~ Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line the muffin pan with liners. Lightly spray them.
~ In a bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt.
~ In another big bowl, beat brown sugar and oil together on medium speed.
~ Add mashed bananas and vanilla extract.
~ Now add half of dry flour mix and yogurt. Gently fold in and do not over mix. Continue to mix with dry flour being the last one in.
~ Wash and pat dry blueberries. Toss them in 1 tbsp flour kept aside. Now gently mix them into batter.
~ Using an ice-cream scoop, pour the batter in each muffin liner. Bake for about 45 minutes. Keep a watch and continue to bake until inserted toothpick comes out clean. 
~ Take out the muffins and let them rest on the wire rack. 

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