Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Simple Saurashtra Lunch Thali - Gujarat Special

BM # 39
Day : 8
State : Gujarat




A week has passed by and today being the 8th day we are cooking from Gujarat.Gujarat is the state where I live and have been living since the past 35 years now, and to think I haven't tasted all it's cuisine.

Gujarati cuisine is predominantly vegetarian, and the Gujjus can churn out the most delicious dish from the simplest of ingredients.They are masters at making eggless version of any dish or bakery product. Almost all bakery products are eggless.

Gujarati cuisine is divided into 4 regions, and each region has its own spices and combinations.

Their day to day lunch consists of daal, Bhaat, rotli , shaak.Kachumber, which is a basic tomato, cucumber and onion salad, chutney and completing it with chaas or buttermilk.

The dinner menu varies and if you are eating a meal then it would be something like a kadhi , khichdi, baakhri with two veggies, but with today's trend they prefer something snacky. They love eating Dahi Wadas, Daal Wadas, Handvo, Paani poori , Dosas...yes it can be any cuisine, which is given a Gujju touch.We get some amazing pizzas here, called Jassuben pizza, it surely is Italian cuisine, but this Gujju pizza is delicious too . They add cheese and do not bake it...in fact Gujju people are really fond of cheese and they love adding it to any cuisine. We have some fantastic cheese dosas, cheese bhel...anything and everything can be topped with this magic ingredient. When they eat something like daal wada for dinner, then they eat only Daal wada. No rice, no chapati.....no bread.....just daal wada. Each person would eat according to their capacity.

The menus vary from region to region, Suratis eat lot of green chilly and have some unique unheard dishes, while Kutch has some amazing Rotlas. The Saurashtrians eat oily and spicy food, most of the food prepared in Gujarat has a hint of sweetness .I have cooked some Gujrati Thali's for previous BM' s with combinations that are normally cooked in Gujju homes.Do check out


For today I have cooked from Saurashtra. This is one of the basic simple menu that they cook.Oosaman is a daal soup, similar to the Rasam.Lachko daal is again toor daal, which is thick, but very well blended. They normally combine these two forms of daals, kakdi ki sabzi is a real hit in Gujju homes, one could add chilke wale Aaloo along with Bhakri.This is another version of Baakhri which is roasted on the gas. I made Tindoda sambariya instead of the salad. Ivy gourds and methi a masala mixed together lend a flavor which is hard to believe.Simply amazing.Chaas is a must in Gujju homes and I served Sukhdi along with this meal.

This was a meal which I tried for the first time and I totally loved the light Oosaman and Lacko daal combo.It reminded me of the Kuthci Bhatia Kadhi, where moong daal Lacko is made along with Kadhi.


Lacko daal
1 cup boiled toor daal.
1 tbsp ghee
1 tsp jaggery
Salt to taste
Pinch turmeric powder

Add salt and turmeric powder to the daal while boiling it.
When boiled add jaggery and ghee and blend it well.



Osaman
1/2 cup toor daal
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste

Tempering
2 tbsp ghee
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds 
2 cloves 
1"cinnamon 
2 tsp jaggery 
Juice of a lemon 
Pinch asafetida 

Boil the daal with 4 cups water salt and pinch of turmeric powder. 
Strain the daal, using only the water. 
Temper the daal with tempering ingredients in the stated order. 
Add lemon juice and jaggery and let boil for a few minutes. 
Garnish with coriander. 
The leftover daal can be used for Lacko daal. 


Kakdi no Shaak
4 cucumbers, peeled and chopped into small cubes
1/4 tsp mustard seeds and cumin seeds
Pinch asafetida
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chilly powder
1 tsp coriander powder
Salt to taste

Heat oil.
Add mustard and cumin seeds, along with a pinch of asafetida.
Immediately add cucumbers, salt and turmeric powder.
Sauté for a minute and then simmer the flame.
Cover and cook till 90% done.
Add red chilly and coriander powder.
Cook till done.
The cucumbers are very soft and they cook very fast, make sure you do not over cook them.

Bateka nu Shaak
4 potatoes, washed well and cubed
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
Pinch asafetida
1-2 whole red chilly
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chilly powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
Juice of a lemon
1 tsp jaggery

Heat oil.
Add mustard, cumin seeds and asafetida.
Add whole red chilly and cubed potatoes.
Add salt and turmeric powder.
Sauté well.
Add the rest of spices and enough water to cook the potatoes in.
Simmer and let the potatoes cook.
Add lemon juice and jaggery and simmer till the flavors blend with the potatoes.
Serve hot.



Dhokla
Dhokla is a steamed dumpling , check here. This is a different version of Dhoklas and this recipe shall come a little later.

Tindoda Sambariyu
Ivy gourds
Methia Masal
Oil
This is an instant pickle made by mixing all the ingredients.The methia masala is full of salt, so I have not used any salt, but if you need to add, feel free to do so.

Kaatri
These are ready made dehydrated potato chips, which have been fried and sprinkled with chilly powder .

A typical Gujju sweet, made from wheat flour , ghee and jaggery.


Chaas
Chaas is Buttermilk, where you blend about 2 tbsp of curd with a glass of chilled water.Salt, cumin or pepper cold be added for taste.I like a few coriander and mint leaves.


Bhaakri 
Bhaakhri is a Gujarati flat bread made of wheat flour.There are two types of Bhaakris, one which is made on the gridle and the other which is roasted on the gas.Will give you both the versions soon.








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21 comments:

  1. Am so happily to see ur fantastic thali Vaishali, dont tell me its a simple saurashtra lunch thali,its a royal feast for me.. Everything is just inviting me.

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  2. The thali is so mouthwatering! I can not decide what I like the most from that thali. The first thing that caught my eye is the tindora and the bateka nu shaak. When I looked at the closer pictures, event the kakdi no shaak is yummy to. Loved reading the intro to the cuisine.

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  3. that is a wonderful spread!!! makes me reminded of my time with your in Gujarat!!! so many varieties!!! delicious!!

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  4. i will invite myself to your home forever if you prepare such delicious meals daily vaishali...this one was expected, i wont lie, but i am still stunned on how well you make it in the end..mouthwatering

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  5. Sukhdi tempting me too much - Vaishali you should send me a parcel sooon ;-)) the thali is stunning ! Great effort ..

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  6. what a complete meal.. love every item on the plate.. beautiful spread

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  7. fabulous looking thali,everything sounds so inviting and interesting...

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  8. Thali looks mouthwatering ! Wonderfully spread ...love to taste all dishes!

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  9. Yum! I love your thali VAishlai esp the Potato gravy and tindora curry.They look so good. And you have no idea how many times I was here eying your previous gujarati thali and was planning to make one of those but couldn't.Now I have to add this too to my list :)

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  10. What a superb spread. This thali looks amazing Vaishali...

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  11. Oosaman brought back some nice memories. Lovely thali Vaishali. Loved to see so many delightful dishes.

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  12. You call this a simple thali, Vaishali? Seriously?? Mouth watering and doubtlessly traditional !

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  13. Absolutely amazing. That plate is simply superb.

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  14. handvo and muthia I've tackled - dhokla will have to be next on my list - looks so tempting. What an awesome platter but would I expect anything less from you!!!

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  15. Lovely and elaborate platter. Your thali is so scrumptious.

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  16. Vaishali there is not one thing that I dont want to try here but after the methi kari that I made I am partial to sambhrayiu. Wow this is awesome Vaishali just awesome.

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  17. If this is what you call simple, I can't imagine what the grand feast of yours would be. I love the instant tindora pickle....Lovely thaali :)

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  18. Lovely thali with tempting spread of dishes.

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  19. Amazing spread there. I haven't tried those bhakris and that tindora dish. I am interested in that spice mix you have used there. Is it some kind of ready mix that you have used there?

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  20. Oh my god can't believe how you tell this thali a simple one, its a royal feast indeed :) the spread has made me hungry now , so sad that i was not there to enjoy this lip smacking delights :) Chanceless You are a great thali queen :) every dish looks fabulous !!

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