Thursday, May 26, 2011

Kanji (Oriya Dish)

Kanji is an authentic Oriya dish that is quite popular in Southern part of Orissa. It is basically a soupy based dish like Dal with a unique sour taste. Normally Kanji is cooked during summer. Since the Curd with lots of vegetables are being used as main ingredients, this seems quite a healthy dish by nature.

Ingredients:
·         Curd (Dahi) – 1 Cup (Curd must be little sour)
·         Besan (Gram Flour) – 3 tbsp
·         Pumpkin – 1(Small piece)
·         Radish – 1(Medium)
·         Lady’s Finger(Bhindi) – 7 pieces
·         Raw Papaya – 1(Small piece)
·         Green Chilly – 1
·         Garlic Cloves – 6
·         Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
·         Mustard Seeds(Sarson) – ½  tsp
·         Cumin Seeds (Jeera)  – ½  tsp
·         Fenugreek Seeds(Methi) – ½  tsp
·         Fennel Seeds(Saunf) – ½  tsp
·         Red Chilly (Whole) – 3
·         Asafoetida (Hing) – ¼ tsp
·         Curry Leaves – 5
·         Cooking Oil – 2 tbsp
·         Water -  3 ½ Cup

Preparation Method:
Ø  Take a bowl and beat the curd.
Ø  Add Salt, Water, Besan, Turmeric Powder in curd and mix properly so that it doesn’t get any lumps.
Ø  Cut Pumpkin and Papaya in dice shape.
Ø  Cut Radish in round shape.
Ø  Wash and drain the cut vegetables.
Ø  Wipe Bhindi in damp towel and cut it in two pieces.
Ø  Cut Green Chilly in lengthwise.
Ø  Take a pan and heat 1tbsp of Oil and fry the Bhindi & Radish for 5 mins in low flame.
Ø  Take a heavy bottom pan & add the curd mixture with Green Chilly and boil it for 7 mins.
Ø  Add all the vegetables except Bhindi and boil for 5-7 mins.
Ø  Now add Bhindi and again boil till all the vegetables gets tender.
Ø  Take the pan out from heat and keep aside.

For Tadka:
Ø  Heat another 1 tbsp of Oil in a Frying Pan.
Ø  Add Mustard Seeds; Cumin Seeds; Fenugreek Seeds; Fennel Seeds; Asfoetida and fry till it crackles.
Ø  Add Red Chilly Whole; Curry Leaves; Garlic and fry for 1 min.
Ø  Add this Tadka in the vegetable pan and mix it well.
Ø  Now “Kanji” is ready.
“Kanji” is well served with Steamed Rice.

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