MUTTON CURRY PATHARE PRABHU STYLE

Pathare Prabhu Community prefer mutton……. Mutton, in India, is generally referred to goat meat……. Prabhi Sambhar Masala gives this mutton dish a robust and delicious flavour.

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INGREDIENTS : 1/2 kg mutton, 4 medium potatoes, 6 onions, 1 tsp ginger paste, 1 1/2 tbsp garlic paste, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 10 black peppercorns, 4 cloves, 1″ cinnamon stick, 3-4 green cardamoms, 1/2 tbsp coriander seeds, 8- 10 dried red Kashmiri chillies, 1/2 dried coconut, 1-2 tsp Prabhi Sambhar Masala, 1 tbsp ghee, salt to taste, 2 tbsp oil.

DIRECTIONS : Wash chopped mutton……. Keep aside…… Peel the potatoes and chop into two pieces…… Finely chop four onions…… Grate the dried coconut……. Roast two whole onions directly on the gas burner…….20180719_230050.jpg
Spice paste : Heat 1 tsp oil……Add peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, cardamoms, coriander seeds and red chillies ……. Sauté till fragrant……. Cool…… Grind to a paste with chopped roasted onions………20180719_225829.jpg
Sauté grated dry coconut…… Cool…….. Grind.

Heat remaining oil…… Sauté chopped onion till golden brown…… Add ginger and garlic paste……. Sauté……. Add mutton…..20180715_141942.jpg
Add ground spice paste, coconut paste, Prabhi Sambhar Masala, turmeric powder and salt…….20180719_225628.jpg Sauté till the mutton is well coated…….. Add potatoes and 1 cup water…….20180719_225230.jpg Cover and cook till mutton is done and the gravy is thick…….. Add ghee…… Stir……20180719_225116.jpg Serve hot with steamed rice or chapattis.

NOTE : One can use unpeeled baby potatoes…… Chillies and black pepper can be adjusted according to taste….. Can use fresh grated coconut instead of dried coconut…… Can garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

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ANANAS SAMBHARE

(PINEAPPLE CURRY)

A Pathare Prabhu meal is incomplete without a coconut milk based curry……. No Pathare Prabhu wedding feast is complete without this wonderful sweet & spicy Ananas Sambhare…….. Ananas means pineapple…… This delicious fruit contains disease fighting antioxidants, helps in digestion, suppresses inflammation, boosts immunity, etc……. Coconut milk has many benefits too…… It strengthens the bones, helps prevent anemia, improves digestion, boosts the immune system, has antibacterial, antiviral & antifungal properties, etc.

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INGREDIENTS : 200 gms chopped pineapple, 2 green chillies, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, a pinch of asafoetida, 1 tbsp besan (gram flour), 1 cup coconut milk, 3 tsp sugar, Salt to taste, water, 1 tsp oil.

DIRECTIONS : Chop the pineapple……. Slit one green chilli…. Chop the other green chilli in thin slices………20180819_002343.jpg Mix besan with 3 tbsp water to make thick smooth paste……20180819_002450.jpg Heat oil on a medium flame…… Add slit green chilli and a pinch of asafoetida….. After a few seconds add the pineapple pieces & turmeric powder……20180819_002606.jpg Sauté…….. Add 1 & 1/2 cup water and stir……..20180819_002728.jpg Simmer till pineapple pieces soften…….. Mix in sugar and salt…..20180813_132328.jpg Simmer….. Now mix in the besan paste stirring constantly but lightly to prevent any lump formation………20180819_002959.jpg Add coconut milk…..20180813_132607.jpg Stir…..20180819_003302.jpg The moment it simmers, put off the flame…….. Garnish with thinly sliced green chillies…….. Serve hot with steamed rice.

NOTES : Adjust green chillies according to taste……. Can add cashewnuts – for this add cashewnuts while sautéing pineapple pieces…… One can adjust consistency of the gravy, according to taste, by increasing/decreasing water/coconut milk.

HIRVE KAALVAN

(FRESH CORIANDER & COCONUT CURRY)

Hirve Kaalvan is a mild and creamy curry…… This curry is very easy to make…… It goes very well with fried items (vegetables, fish,etc.) and rice…… Can be used as a dip…… Coriander is a herb with various health benefits…… It aids in digestion, regulates blood pressure, lowers cholesterol levels, maintains normal blood sugar levels, etc. 20180819_002207.jpg

INGREDIENTS : 1 small bunch of Coriander leaves, 1/4 cup grated coconut, 1-2 green chillies, a pinch of turmeric powder, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 200 ml coconut milk, salt to taste, 1 tsp rice flour.

DIRECTIONS : Mix rice flour in 1/4 cup coconut milk stirring continuously……… 20180819_001357.jpgAdd this to rest of the coconut milk…… Whisk to make sure there are no lumps…… 20180819_001042.jpgGrind coriander leaves, grated coconut, green chillies, cumin and salt to a fine paste……20180819_001211.jpgPour the rice flour mixed coconut milk in a pan and heat it on a low flame continuously stirring….. Add a pinch of turmeric powder……20180819_001525.jpgStir……. Add the ground green paste…….20180813_134605.jpg Stir continuously…… 20180819_001844.jpgWhen it is about to come to a boil, turn off the gas…… Serve with steaming hot rice and fried fish/vegetables.

NOTE : A pinch of turmeric brings out the green colour of the curry…… Green chillies can be increased according to taste….. Can be served with a slice of lemon.

MEEN CURRY

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(FISH CURRY)

INGREDIENTS : Fish, vegetables(brinjal, potatoes, drumsticks, etc.), prepared masala, curry leaves, water as required.

PREPARED MASALA : Red/green chillies, turmeric powder, onion, ginger, tomatoes/raw mangoes/tamarind/curd.

PREPARATIONS : Make prepared masala by grinding chillies, turmeric powder, onion, ginger & tomatoes/raw mango/tamarind/curd. Tanginess is a must in Kerala preparations.

Keep water to boil according to consistency. Once it starts boiling add fish, vegetables, prepared masala & curry leaves. Keep boiling till cooked. Serve hot with Kappa Udachath (Mashed Tapioca).

MEEN Curry made with thakkali (tomatoes)……. p_20160620_140500_hdr_1.jpg

Meen Curry made with manga (raw mango)……..p_20160620_140822_hdr_1.jpg

NOTE : Curd with shark is also a variation of fish curry which is normally made in North Kerala. According to Ayurveda, fish & curd is not considered good. So this combination is less popular & less used.
Turmeric is added to all preparations as it is germicidal.