My mother-in-law is visiting us from India and that means new recipes, good food and lot of love and care. I come home to tea with snacks, and my lunch is ready when I am leaving for work. Plus no cooking for dinner (most days). :)
I have been trying new recipes with her over the weekend. Yesterday, we made kadi. This had no besan, instead the base is coconut. This is something new for me. This kadi is traditionally made with white pumpkin. Since we couldn't find it here, we added okra, which tastes just as delicious. Here is her recipe.
2 cups yogurt
10 - 15 okra
1/2 cup cocunut
2 green chillies
1 cube of ginger
1 tspoon cumin seeds
1 tbspoon chana dal
1 tspoon mustard
1/2 tspoon turmeric powder
1 tspoon oil
4-5 curry leaves
pinch of asafoetida
salt to taste
cilantro to garnish
Whisk the yogurt and set aside. It tastes best if the yogurt is a little sour.
Soak the chana dal in warm water for about 10- 15 min.
Wash the okra and chop it into 1 inch pieces.
Grind the coconut, green chilli, ginger, cumin seeds and chana dal together till it becomes a fine paste.
Heat a wide bottomed pan and temper the oil with mustard seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves.
Add the okra and cook till it becomes tender.
Mix the yogurt with the cocunut paste. Then add it to the pan and cook on low heat.
Add turmeric and salt and cook for 10 minutes till the kadi boils over, much like milk does.
Garnish with cilantro and serve with rice or pongal or upma.